Shappi Khorsandi Is Female, Iranian, and Hilarious

Once upon a time when I was super jet lagged in a hotel in Amsterdam, I found one English-language channel on TV and stumbled on a standup routine by Shappi Khorsandi, an Iranian-British comedian who is fucking hilarious. (Sample joke: her son's dog is named Benjamin Petanyahu.) Though she's pretty damn funny in English, she claimed in her autobiography that she's much funnier in Farsi. Time to start learning the language. … [Read more...]

Aasif Mandvi Has “Been Inside More Bars Than Mosques”

When I first heard the title of the movie Today's Special, I thought about that kids' show from the 90s where the mannequins in a store came to life and hung out at night. Sadly, the movie is actually about Indian food. One that starred comedian and Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi (he's the one in the Team Mohammed shirt), nonetheless. He spoke to the New York Times about the movie and about his relationship with Islam and his native India. I’ve always said I’m the worst representative of … [Read more...]

Egyptian Pundit Kicked Off TV Show After Accusing Host of Being a Jew

For some people, "Jew" is an adjective that defines someone's ethnic or religious identity. For some other people, "Jew" is a slur.Gamal Saber, who was the campaign manager for a now-disqualified candidate for the Egyptian presidency, recently got booted from the set of a popular chat show. The show's host is a woman named Azza Mustafa. As she was interviewing Saber (who, I guess I should point out for the purposes of this post, is a hardline Muslim), he replied to her, "You are a prominent … [Read more...]

Erykah Badu’s Allah Tattoo Gets Her Banned from Malaysia

Erykah Badu was planning a few concerts in Malaysia this week, including one in the capital of Kuala Lumpur. However, it seems like she's out of luck. The concerts were cancelled after a Malaysian paper printed a photo of Erykah where one of her tattoos--the word "Allah" in Arabic script--was visible. In addition to that tattoo, she also has other tattoos in both Hebrew and Arabic. Tattoos are not permitted in Islam, and Erykah's ink was considered super offensive. It is also forbidden to depict … [Read more...]

Oliver Stone’s Son Sean Converts to Islam

Sean Stone, the son of director Oliver Stone, converted to Islam last week while on a trip to Iran. Sean, who has done some acting and directing work, says that his Hollywood friends didn't take the news so well and that he is now experiencing "the reverse of anti-Semitism." [Is the word you're looking for "anti-Islamism"? Because the opposite of antisemitism would probably be "hating all people who aren't Jews," and there are lots of non-Jews who aren't Muslim either.]"I am of a Jewish … [Read more...]

Arnold Schwarzenegger Tried to Interrupt a Muslim Prayer Service

Action star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was recently in India for a conference, and while there he decided to check out the Taj Mahal, the country's most famous tourist destination and one of the Wonders of the World. However, when he showed up, he was denied entrance to the site - not because the guy at the door thought the last Terminator movie was totally egregious but because there was a Muslim prayer session going on then. Schwarzenegger continued his trip to India … [Read more...]

FGP Celebrity Quote of the Week: Liam Neeson Is Intrigued by Islam

Liam Neeson recently filmed a movie in Istanbul, and the experience caused him to consider a new religion. The actor, who was raised Irish Catholic, said, "The Call to Prayer happens five times a day and for the first week it drives you crazy, and then it just gets into your spirit and it's the most beautiful, beautiful thing. There are 4,000 mosques in the city. Some are just stunning and it really makes me think about becoming a Muslim."I will say that visiting Istanbul didn't make me … [Read more...]