Ramy Youssef, who won his first Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy series for Ramy, went onto the stage in a fancy maroon suit and silver shoes, accepted his award from Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston and then said, “I would like to thank my God. Allahu Akbar. Thank you, God.” The phrase “Allahu akbar” is a normal one for Muslims all over the world – but for a lot of Western countries, and for every rhetoric to draw up an anti-Islam narrative, this phrase has been butchered through history, and associated with radicalism and has been politicized. It’s been turned from a simple everyday phrase into a threatening war cry. Ramy Youssef being un-apologetically himself and his identity, complete with Egyptian music playing for him when he started walking, is making a point. On stage, he says, ““Look, I know you guys haven’t seen my show. We made a very specific show about an Arab Muslim family living in New Jersey, and this means a lot to be recognized on this level.” “Hearing him say it, was his way of thrusting his uncompromised identity into the Hollywood elite diaspora,” writes Aymann Ismail for the Slate. On social… Read full this story
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