US comedian’s tweeted joke about Muslim superhero Ms Marvel is branded ‘racist’ and removed

CONAN O’Brien is an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, and voice actor  – and he uses his influential Twitter account almost exclusively to share jokes on the latest news with his more than nine million followers.

But it all went horribly wrong on Friday evening when O’Brien (or possibly an assistant) tweeted a joke about Marvel’s new Muslim female superhero:

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This has caused a major backlash and brought out accusations of “racism” against the comedian, such as the one below.

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Angry respondees not only pointed out to O’Brien that his comment was “prejudiced towards Muslims” but also that the character being introduced by Marvel is a teenage girl from Jersey City, not a housewife from Saudi Arabia. In other words, there’s more than one type of Muslim woman.

Conan O’Brien deleted the offending tweet but so far has not apologised.

Marvel's  Khan family: Kamala Khan, aka 'Ms. Marvel' (second left) with her brother Aamir, father Yusuf, mother Disha and friend Bruno.

Marvel’s Khan family: Kamala Khan, aka ‘Ms. Marvel’ (second left) with her brother Aamir, father Yusuf, mother Disha and friend Bruno.

More bonkers news about Islam has just emerged from Malaysia, where a human rights group, the Coalition of Malaysian NGOs, or Comango, has been accused of attempting to make Malaysia a haven for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT)  – oh, and for promoting “freedom to commit apostasy”.

Datuk Dr Hasan Mohamed Ali, President of the non-governmental organisation Jalur Tiga (Jati), declared war on Comango, saying that Comango’s:

Most ill-mannered demand was its call to repeal Syariah Law in the country which is a core component of Islam. It is obvious that Comango’s call is a criminal and treacherous act towards the nation. This is why we should declare war on them. Malaysia does not need ‘warriors’ like them.