Friday, April 10, 2015

Bill Maher accused of Islamophobia for comparing Zayn Malik to Boston marathon bomber

Bill Maher has received the outrage of One Direction fans online after comparing the former band member Zayn Malik to a terrorist.

During his Real Time show, the US talkshow host and comedian was discussing Zayn’s exit from the boyband when he likened him to the Boston marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

During a skit in his show, Maher said: “I think after everything we’ve been through, I at least deserve the common respect of being told face to face [that you’d quit One Direction].  “Just tell me two things Zayn. Which one of the band were you?  “And where were you during the Boston marathon?”

At which point, the screen split to show images of Zane and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev side by side, while Maher suggested they looked similar.

The audience can be heard audibly gasping and then applauding on the video, which has been shared on YouTube.

Fans have set up an online petition calling for the host to apologise for the remarks, which they believe to be racist, and for using an “Islamophobic terrorist joke”.



Bird of Paradise said...

Taste the crow Mr Mahrer theres pleny to go and for desert we have Humble Pie served with Toe Jam

Dean said...

Guess Mahrer will have to stick to making jokes and sexist comments about conservative women. Liberals have no problem with that.

Dean said...

Concerning my post above: that should read, "conservative Christian women,"

Anonymous said...

Suggesting someone looks like someone else is not "islamophobia".