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.
@ConanOBrien Her superpower is actually combating islamophohic, misogynistic, pasty assholes so I can see why you're threatened.— Noor ???? Amr (@noor3amoor) November 9, 2013
@ConanOBrien Yes, we cant like all Marvel superheros(I dislike Aquaman a lot), but are you that brainless to tweet such an offensive comment— William Henry (@WhySoLiam) November 12, 2013
@ConanOBrien Really? We get a female Muslim super hero and you decide to diminish this victory with a cheap and tasteless joke? Disappointed— Lyndyl V. (@LVRiot13) November 9, 2013
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.
I haven't heard @ConanOBrien's Muslim joke yet. Funny or not I hope he doesn't apologize for it. Nothing worse than an apologetic comedian.— Nicholas Herum (@MoviesHateUToo) November 12, 2013
@ConanOBrien people need to lighten up about Ms. Marvel. It was a funny joke, and made me laugh.— Jeffrey Stull (@wpc2880) November 11, 2013
@ConanOBrien Don't let the people who don't understand whats funny get to you, that marvel joke was funny, people are too sensitive.— EvolvedGr8ness (@EvolvedGr8ness) November 11, 2013
@ConanOBrien loved the joke on the new marvel comic super heroine, sorry there are so many sensitive tools who can't fathom jokes— Sum Ting Wong (@redskinbukaki) November 12, 2013
How was @ConanOBrien's tweet about Ms. Marvel offensive....it's called a joke people. Relax— Bilal Gilani (@Bilalipops) November 11, 2013
What do you think? Was Conan O’Brien’s tweet offensive or not? You can share your answers in the comments section below.