Actor Jeff Goldblum is facing heat from Woke Twitter after making some sensible (but not politically correct) observations about how Islam-controlled nations treat women and gays. Goldblum appeared on an episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on Friday, and he was confused when one of the contestants paraded out in a blue hijab decked out in the colors of the Stars and Stripes. The contestant, Darius Rose, said that the hijab was meant to highlight how “you can be Middle Eastern, you can be Muslim, and you can still be American.”
Goldblum didn’t necessarily contest that statement, but he did mention that Islamic nations like Iran, where Rose is from, don’t exactly have the best record when it comes to civil rights for oppressed minorities.
“Are you religious, may I ask?” Goldblum asked.
“I’m not,” Rose replied. “And to be honest, this outfit really represents the importance that visibility for people of religious minorities need to have in this country.”
“Isn’t this an interesting wrinkle though?” Goldblum asked. “Is there something in that religion that is anti-homosexuality and anti-woman? Does that complicate the issue? I’m just raising it and thinking out loud and maybe being stupid. But, what do you think?”
To his credit, RuPaul didn’t immediately take the far-left, always-defend-Islam side of the issue, saying instead: “I think drag has always shaken the tree, so to speak. And there are so many different layers to this presentation and if it was ever going to be done, this is the stage to do it.”
“It’s a complex issue,” acknowledged Rose. “I have my own misgivings about the way LGBT people are treated in the Middle East. And at the same time, I am one.”
Well, exactly. And there shouldn’t be anything wrong with pointing out the obvious, which is that gays and women are persecuted and even executed in these countries. That persecution comes straight from the Quran, and its dishonest and dangerous for us to all put our heads in the sand and pretend that it doesn’t. Or pretend that there’s something distasteful about criticizing a religion with this much reprehensible baggage.
But, you know, leave it to Twitter.
“Jeff Goldblum felt the need to say ‘but isn’t Islam anti-gay and anti-woman’ to Jackie because she was wearing a stars-and-stripes hijab, as if America hasn’t been anti-gay and anti-woman from the outset, or killed and displaced millions of Muslims, including women and queers,” whined Twitter user Omar Sakr.
“On @RuPaulsDragRace, Jeff Goldblum was wrong & being stupid,” tweeted another user. “A white non-Muslim man abusing his platform to push Islam as anti-homosexuality & anti-woman erases Muslim women & LGBT people fighting to practice Islam while affirming their identity.”
We don’t know why radical leftists always leap to defend Islam, but we’re beginning to suspect they simply do it reflexively because it gives them another reason to hate America. Since that seems to be their over-arching M.O., we suppose it makes a certain amount of sense.
Well, to the degree anything leftists think or say makes “sense,” anyway.