Is it Islamophobic — nay, racist — to tell a joke based on those incontrovertible facts?
It seems so. Conan O’Brien got pilloried when he (or, more likely, one of his staffers) tweeted this the other day:
The reaction was swift: “So fucking gross and racist. Good job guys,” responded a seething Twitter user (one of many who’ll probably be surprised when someone clues them in to the fact that Islam is a religion, not a race). Tweeted another: “Real classy bigotry, Conan OBrien. Did you enjoy having a laugh at the expense of the marginalized?”
Two hours later, O’Brien’s tweet was gone.