Jeff Goldblum in the spotlight on Islam in “RuPaul’s Drag Race” – National

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Jeff Goldblum has become an online controversy after hosting the 12th season of RuPaul Drag Race earlier this month.

During a thematic segment “Stars and Stripes Forever”, where the candidates had to propose outfits of patriotism, the American actor wondered inexplicably if Islam was a religion “anti-homosexuality” or “anti-women »In front of a competing environment in the East.

Iranian-Canadian drag queen Jackie Cox (or Darius Rose) climbed the runway in a red and white striped caftan with a blue veil that was dressed in 50 silver stars – much like the American flag.

When asked if she was a nun jurassic park (1993) star Cox admitted that she was not, before giving the judge’s panel some context on her choice of wardrobe.

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Jeff Goldblum attends the 2017 Writers Guild Award at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 19, 2017.


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“Isn’t that an interesting wrinkle?” Replied Goldblum, 67. “Is there anything in this religion that is anti-sexual and anti-woman? Does this complicate the problem? ” He asked.

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The comment launched an abundance of criticism against the actor through various social media platforms.

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Many have dubbed Goldblum “Islamophobic,” while others have suggested that he would never have said such a thing if Cox’s attire represented a different religion, such as Christianity.

Others said his questions were just “inappropriate” and called him “racist” for asking them.

Here’s what some angry Twitter users said:

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On the other hand, an influx of supporters of Goldblum came to defend the veteran of the show, saying that he was simply asking a question and did not imply negative connotations towards Islam.

“Jeff Goldblum asked a QUESTION,” wrote a user. “He did not go on television to say that Muslims are” anti-homosexuality and anti-woman “,” they added.

“Jeff Goldblum is excellent and perfect. I am a proud liberal and I defend the acceptance of Muslims “, tweeted another.

“But to be Muslim and not recognize that its history and its basis as an ideology is oppressive for women is, to say the least, ignorant,” they concluded.

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The seemingly controversial outfit was a representation of “the importance of the visibility that religious minorities must have” in the United States, according to Cox.

“It’s a complex problem,” she said, before bursting into tears. She later revealed how the policies of the United States government had directly wreaked havoc on her Muslim family, noting the “Muslim ban” of US President Donald Trump.

In his reflections, Goldblum said he “just thought out loud” and “may be stupid” before asking RuPaul’s opinion on the matter.

” No no. I think the trail has always rocked the tree, so to speak, “said the host.

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“There are so many different layers in this presentation,” he added. “If it had to be done, now is the time to do it. “

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As of this writing, Goldblum has not publicly addressed the controversy.

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