The show, starring Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, has been lambasted over the fifth instalment of its new run, which aired in the UK last night and appeared to show Islamic terrorists.
One viewer wrote: “Kind of unsure about that xfiles opening scene… reinforcing negative stereotypes of Muslims in the USA and promoting Islamophobia…?”
“Best get my racism meter out for this one #XFiles,” another quipped.
A third said: “#xfiles opening scene … promoting #islamophobia and negative stereotypes of Muslims in the USA? Feels like watching #homeland”.
An additional tweet read: “Struggling with xfiles.. a lot of stereotyping going on. Are all Americans this paranoid about refugees or just screenwriters #islamophobia”.
The instalment aired in the US last month and attracted a similarly furious response.
“I spent this whole episode of the X-Files thinking ‘Surely, SURELY this is not what it looks like.’ It’s exactly what it looks like,” said one fan at the time, adding: “Only watch tonight’s X-Files if you’re into an hour of racist stereotypes and Islamophobia.”
Someone else posted: “So disheartening to see such blatant islamophobia on one of your fav shows. The X-files revival is def not living up to my expectations.”
Despite criticism, however, The X-Files’ new season has been a commercial success; winning giant ratings in both the US and UK.
Duchovny hinted last month that another season is likely, telling Ellen DeGeneres: “I think we’re all open to it. It’s just a matter of getting everyone’s schedules to jibe.
“Gilly lives in London, I don’t know where I live. I would love to. I think we all would. We’ll see what happens.”
The X-Files continues next Monday at 9pm on Channel 5.
8 March 2016 | 12:42 pm
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