SXSW “Embarrassed” in Forced-Removal-of-Hijab Incident


Donald Trump has not commented yet, but he is advised not to jump into a battle where one of the combatants is wielding a sword, eh?

By Blurt Staff

In an incident that has quickly turned into a media firestorm once it was reported by The Hollywood Reporter:  Yesterday in Austin during SXSW, Ibtihaj Muhammad, part of the USA Fencing World Team doing a SXSW panel titled Sports As Currency Of American Life, was registering for the conference and having her photo taken – but, because she was wearing a Muslin hijab, the SXSW worker processing her not only told her she had to remove the covering but also issued the wrong ID badge.

Yeah, this was not cool at all, and SXSW, quite rightly, has been scrambling to admit its mistake and issue the requisite apologies. The statement:

“It is not our policy that a hijab or any religious head covering be removed in order to pick up a SXSW badge. This was one volunteer who made an insensitive request and that person has been removed for the duration of the event. We are embarrassed by this and have apologized to Ibtihaj in person, and sincerely regret this incident.”

The clueless SXSW registration worker has not yet been identified. No doubt some diligent journalist is working right now to uncover some affiliation with the Donald Trump campaign. And you can bet some photos and/or video are going to surface any second now. Needless to say, this is quite possibly the worst possible time for something like this to happen in an acknowledged “progressive” atmosphere such as SXSW.

Below, you can read the tweets that Ibtihaj Muhammad made during the incident. Pretty damning.



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