Conan O’Brien Deletes Racist Muslim Superhero Joke After Twitter Backlash

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Fatimah Mazhar
Late night jokester Conan O’Brien posted a joke about Marvel Comics’ new Muslim superhero girl on Friday, which apparently, wasn’t funny at all. In fact, for many it was offensive.

Late night jokester Conan O’Brien posted a joke about Marvel Comics’ new Muslim superhero girl on Friday, which apparently, wasn’t funny at all. In fact, for many it was offensive.

O’Brien deleted the post after a major Twitter backlash. However, people are still criticizing him days later, probably because an apology has not been issued yet.

The controversial tweet (below) about Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old Muslim-American girl from New Jersey who transforms into superhero Ms. Marvel, was seen as an attempt towards stereotyping Muslim women.

Many on Twitter pointed out that Kamala was a Muslim teenager from New Jersey and not some oppressed woman hailing from a Middle East royal family. The offended Tweeple said the main purpose of coming up with a Muslim-American character was to shun Muslim stereotyping, and O’Brien was doing just the opposite of it.

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While the “joke” didn’t sit well with a considerable number of people, others thought O’Brien’s should not have been taken too seriously as it wasn’t racist or discriminatory.

What do you think? Was Conan O’Brien’s tweet offensive or not? You can share your answers in the comments section below.

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