Jeff Goldblum faces backlash over comments on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’
Jeff Goldblum, known for his iconic role in the Jurrasic Park franchise, is facing social media backlash over comments he made to a contestant on ‘RuPaul’s drag race.’
Goldblum, who appeared as a Season 12 guest judge on the wildly popular show with Crazy Ex-girl friend’s Rachel Bloom, came under fire when he asked if the Islamic religion was “anti-homosexuality” and “anti-woman”.
His comments came during a “Stars and Stripes” themed runway walk, when Jackie Cox, whose non-drag name is Darius Rose, wore a red and white striped caftan and a blue hijab with silver stars.
Cox, who is Iranian-Canadian, strutted the runway saying, ” “You can be Middle Eastern, you can be Muslim and you can still be American.”
Goldblum asked Cox if she was religious, and she said that she was not.
“To be honest, this outfit really represents the importance that visibility for people of religious minorities need to have in this country,” Cox explained.
That’s when Goldblum asked about the Islamic religion and how it treats people who identify as LGBTQ.
“Is there something in this religion that is anti-homosexuality and anti-woman? Does that complicate the issue? I’m just raising it and thinking out loud and maybe being stupid,” the actor said.
The comment instantly sparked a backlash from fans, some of whom insisted that Islam is not the only religion that persecutes women and the LGBTQ community.
Calling it a “complex issue,” Cox said that she also has misgivings about the way people who identify as LGBTQ are treated in the Middle East.
A recent study done by the Public Religion Research Institute found that 52% of American Muslims agreed that “society should approve of homosexuality.”
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