You’re a **cking moron: Top model Gigi Hadid slams senior journalist over bigoted tweet

first_imgEvery time a terror attack occurs and a radical Islamist is responsible for it, many people turn against Islam and practicing Muslims. It is difficult for these people to understand that following a religion does not make all followers radical. The notion that it does comes from ignorance and inherent bigotry. Bollywood flick My Name Is Khan with Shah Rukh Khan in the lead, directed by Karan Johar, gave an iconic dialogue. Khan’s character in the movie, Rizwan Khan, is someone who loses his step-son in a racist, Islamophobic attack by some school kids since they considered Khan responsible for the 9/11 World Trade Centre terror strike. Khan keep reiterating, “My name is Khan, and I am not a terrorist”. Right-wing groups across the world have successfully weaved a narrative that all Muslims are terrorists, and hence, obviously dangerous. This leaves practicing Muslims — especially those who abide by the norms of Islam of wearing hijabs and sporting beards — with less options to prove they are as normal and patriotic and peace-loving as people following other religions. When men like Donald Trump, known for being an Islamophobic, bigoted, racist, misogynist figure, becomes the president of the United States of America, Islamophobia is normalised beyond the tipping point. Possibly this is what emboldens even journalists to ditch ethics and morals and be insensitive and bigoted out in the open. Senior journalist Laura Loomer, post the Manhattan terror attack, tweeted saying, “Muslims are out in full force at the scene of the NYC #ISIS attack today rubbing it in everyone’s face. Aimlessly walking around in hijabs. – at 200 Chambers Street” and shared a photo of two Muslim women walking down the street wearing hijabs. advertisementIn another tweet, Laura said, “You’d think they’d have the decency to not walk around in hijabs at cross street of the attack. But they don’t. I bet they’re loving this.” Many people called Loomer out on her bigoted, Islamophobic tweets but supermodel Gigi Hadid minced no words. Quoting Loomer’s tweet, Gigi Hadid tweeted, “Laura, I hate to give you the attention, but I need to tell you- You’re a f**king moron.” Hadid’s tweet has gone viral and has gotten over 44,000 retweets and over 1,50,000 likes.Way to go Gigi!Cab aggregator Uber banned Laura Loomer yesterday for two other Islamophobic tweets from her verified Twitter account.last_img

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