Bourdain’s MPAC Media Award Video Making International News

May 23, 2014

CNN host Anthony Bourdain's video accepting the Voice of Courage and Conscience Media Award last Sunday has made national and international news, including "The Nation" magazine, Haaretz, and Daily Kos.

SEE: Anthony Bourdain's Media Awards acceptance speech

In the video message, which has reached over 10,000 views in the last few days and has even been tweeted by the Official Twitter of the Palestine Mission to the United Nations, Bourdain says in part:

"It is something we do all the time --  show regular people doing everyday things, cooking and enjoying meals. It is a measure, I guess, of how twisted and shallow our depiction of the people is that these images come as a shock to so many. The world has visited many terrible things on the Palestinian people, none more shameful than robbing them of their basic humanity.”

MPAC works to bring attention and progress to the struggle of the Palestinian people for self-determination by engaging the public discourse and impacting perceptions.

"We are proud that Anthony Bourdain's show and recognition for showing Palestinian life with openness and humanity has sparked a positive reaction that can show Americans the truth of actions taken in our name as U.S. citizens and with our tax dollars," said MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati

The Media Awards Gala is a reflection of MPAC's Hollywood Bureau engagement, which aims to get accurate and humanizing stories told and encourage storytellers to reflect real life.



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