Finally, somebody explains it in popular media.
i wish the episode went a different way though
How would you have liked it to end?
If I remember correctly, it was implied or stated directly that the male she was with (her father?) was really strict… and in the end Shirley’s kids put on the burka while the girl played with the niqab. It made it seem that niqabis don’t have fun, but all the teenage niqabis I’ve met are the wildest Muslims I’ve met (in a halal way lol.) I wish they showed that niqabis don’t just quietly sit there dreaming to have fun.
Yeah, the same thing occurred to me when I watched the episode and I certainly think you make a valid point. However, I think it’s worth noting that the man she was with (who was her uncle and Abed’s father) was being over-protective on the basis that her father would never forgive him if she got hurt rather than for a cultural or religious reason.
Also, while I eagerly await a TV show that features a hijabi as a regular character, Abed’s cousin is the first Muslim woman I can think of to be featured on a sitcom and in order for her to be an interesting addition to the episode (rather than a diversity token sitting in the background) she had to be part of the conflict. Also, having Shirley’s sons help her get to the bouncy house was a way for Shirley and Abed to bond.
Don’t get me wrong, you make a good point. I’m merely trying to provide an alternative perspective