Jordan's Queen Rania said Monday that her five-month YouTube project aimed at challenging stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims hasn't made intolerance “melt away,” but it has sparked some change in attitudes.
The media-savvy monarch plans to wrap up today a series of daily interactive YouTube video and blog postings that she launched in March to create online dialogue with young people in the West and promote moderate Islam.
“I'd like to think I've made some people pause, reflect and reconsider ideas and assumptions they held as true, but it would be naive to think that everyone who clicked on to the page, now thinks differently,” Rania told The Associated Press in an e-mail.
Over the past five months, her YouTube site had more than 2million visitors. Her daily video postings touched on subjects that included honor killings, terrorism and Arab women's rights. Viewers could respond by posting their own written comments and videos.
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An ardent advocate of women and children's rights in Jordan, the Palestinian-born Rania said she was “very pleased” with the frank discussions and probing questions YouTube's freedom provided. She said she witnessed “changes in attitude” mainly among the site's returning visitors.
Rania said her YouTube channel would remain online after today, and she would post less frequently.