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Eugene

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Thu Feb 15, 2024, 02:51 PM Feb 15

Selma Blair apologizes after Islamophobic comment

Source: NBC News

Selma Blair apologizes after Islamophobic comment

The “Legally Blonde” actor wrote Tuesday that she “mistakenly and inadvertently conflated Muslims with Radical Islamists and fundamentalists.”

Feb. 13, 2024, 9:18 PM EST
By Phil Helsel

Actor Selma Blair apologized Tuesday for what she said was a mistake in judgment after comments condemned as Islamophobic went viral this month.

“I mistakenly and inadvertently conflated Muslims with Radical Islamists and fundamentalists, a terrible err in my words, and resulted in hurting countless people I never meant to, and I deeply regret this,” Blair wrote on Instagram.

Blair, who played Vivian Kensington in "Legally Blonde" and Liz Sherman in "Hellboy," among other films, sparked the controversy last week in commenting on a social media post by Abraham Hamra, an immigration reform advocate.

Hamra criticized Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Cori Bush, D-Mo., for voting against a measure that would prevent anyone who took part in the Oct. 7 terrorist attack on Israel from immigrating to the U.S.

Tlaib said the measure was “redundant with already existing federal law." Bush called it an "empty messaging bill Republicans are using to target immigrants and incite anti-Palestinian hate."

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Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/selma-blair-apologizes-islamophobic-comment-rcna138746

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Selma Blair apologizes after Islamophobic comment (Original Post) Eugene Feb 15 OP
Selma Blair Apologizes For Islamophobic Screed Against 'Terrorist Supporting Goons' Eugene Feb 15 #1
Cruel Intentions, indeed. Inadvertent? Hah! quaint Feb 16 #2

Eugene

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1. Selma Blair Apologizes For Islamophobic Screed Against 'Terrorist Supporting Goons'
Thu Feb 15, 2024, 02:54 PM
Feb 15

Source: HuffPost

Selma Blair Apologizes For Islamophobic Screed Against 'Terrorist Supporting Goons'

The "Cruel Intentions" star slammed Reps. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) in a viral comment that claimed Islam "destroyed" Muslim countries.

By Marco Margaritoff
Feb 14, 2024, 08:48 AM EST

Selma Blair is apologizing for her anti-Islam comment after viral backlash on social media.

The “Cruel Intentions” star was widely criticized earlier this month for stating on Instagram that “Islam has destroyed Muslim countries” and for conflating mere asylum seekers with “terrorist goons” — who seek to “destroy minds” after immigrating into the United States.

“In my comment, I mistakenly and inadvertently conflated Muslims with Radical Islamists and fundamentalists, a terrible err in my words, and resulted in hurting countless people I never meant to, and I deeply regret this,” she wrote Tuesday in an apology on Instagram.

“As soon as my error was brought to my attention, I deleted the comment,” Blair continued. “Hate and misinformation are amplified so easily these days. This time by my own hands. In this instance, I erred in my writing and … contributed to the Muslim community being upset.”

The actor had weighed in on the Israel-Hamas conflict after related legislation hit the news.

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Read more: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/selma-blair-apologizes-for-islamophobic-comment_n_65cc9f49e4b01f4a8b031115

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