WASHINGTON, DC — Muslim Advocates, a national civil rights group for American Muslims, is calling on Jeff Goldblum to apologize for anti-Muslim remarks he made on national television Friday night. On the most recent episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Goldblum, a guest judge on the reality competition show, responded to a Muslim contestant condemning the Muslim Ban by saying, “Is there something in that religion that is anti-homosexuality and anti-woman?” Despite widespread news coverage and backlash online in the past four days, Goldblum has not publicly apologized or even responded to media inquiries. The following is a statement from Muslim Advocates’ Public Advocacy Director Scott Simpson:
“We all have biases that sometimes show themselves in offhand remarks like the one Jeff Goldblum made on Friday night. He questioned whether an entire religion was anti-woman and anti-LGBTQ, even as he downplayed it as just ‘thinking out loud and maybe being stupid.’ We recognize the fact that Goldblum tried to dial his comments back in the moment, but we don’t condone his lack of a public apology.
This a common trope and double standard used against the American Muslim community. These comments ignore the homophobia, transphobia and misogyny within all major religions and ignore the basic fact that LGBTQ people and women in the United States still go without many basic civil rights protections.
These comments are far from harmless. For years, a constellation of anti-Muslim hate groups have pushed these same stereotypes and conspiracy theories to dehumanize American Muslims, to deny them their rights and to split a big tent coalition of people demanding equality for all. The result? American Muslims are facing hate crimes, mosque attacks, discrimination and the Muslim Ban.
To not apologize for these comments is a silent endorsement of anti-Muslim bigotry. We urge Jeff Goldblum to end his silence, to apologize for his comments and to honor the dignity of American Muslims.”
Muslim Advocates is a national civil rights organization working in the courts, in the halls of power and in communities to halt bigotry in its tracks. We ensure that American Muslims have a seat at the table with expert representation so that all Americans may live free from hate and discrimination.