Actress Selma Blair faces backlash for Islamophobic comment on video berating Rashida Tlaib

Actress Selma Blair faces backlash for Islamophobic comment on video berating Rashida Tlaib
Selma Blair's Islamophobic comments on an Instagram video attacking US representative Rashida Tlaib were made alongside Michael Rapaport and Debra Messing.
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11 February, 2024
In comments that have later been taken down, Selma Blair said that "Islam has destroyed Muslim countries" [Photo by Jason Howard/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images]

American Actress Selma Blair has faced backlash for Islamophobic comments she had posted on an Instagram video berating US representative Rashida Tlaib.

Abraham Hamra's video on Instagram saw him chastise Tlaib and her colleague Cori Bush for voting against a bill preventing the immigration of people into the US "who participated in or otherwise facilitated" the 7 October attack on Israel.

Tlaib justified her opposition to the bill calling it "just another GOP messaging bill being used to incite anti-Arab, anti-Palestinian, and anti-Muslim hatred that makes communities like ours unsafe".

Blair posted an Islamophobic comment under Hamad's video.

"Deport all these terrorist supporting goons" Blair said, adding that "Islam has destroyed Muslim countries and then they come here and destroy minds. They know they are liars. Twisted justifications. May they meet their fate."

Her comment was later removed and, according to NBC News, her X account was deactivated after the backlash she received.

As well as X users, Blair also received damming criticism from The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) who "encouraged her to apologize and dialogue with the Muslim American community".

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National Deputy Director of the CAIR Edward Ahmed Mitchell issued a statement saying: "Based on the hateful and ignorant remarks that Ms. Blair we doubt that she has ever engaged in any meaningful interactions with her Muslim colleagues in Hollywood or other members of the American Muslim community."

"We encourage Ms. Blair to apologize, and we also invite her to dialogue with our community," he added.

Blair was joined by controversial actors Michael Rapaport, who commented on Hamra's video "Love it", and Debra Messing, who posted: "THANK YOU".

Messing herself received backlash for ridiculing the exit of Palestinian Journalist Motaz Azaiza from Gaza on Instagram, going as far as to question Azaiza's journalistic credentials.

Blair has not yet responded to the backlash against her comments but has been a keen advocate for Israel in its brutal onslaught of the Gaza Strip, which has so far killed 28,176 Palestinians, mostly women and children.