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Facing the Bigots: Here’s What It’s Like to Screen ‘The Muslims Are Coming!’ Around the Country

Facing the Bigots: Here's What It's Like to Screen 'The Muslims Are Coming!' Around the Country

Comedian Negin Farsad has written for, created, and appeared on various shows for Comedy Central, MTV, PBS, AOL, and Nickelodeon, among others. The director/producer of the feature film “Nerdcore Rising,” which premiered at SXSW, Farsad recently co-directed (with Dean Obeidallah) and produced the feature documentary “The Muslims Are Coming!” in which she appears alongside Jon Stewart, Lewis Black, Rachel Maddow, Janeane Garofalo, and David Cross. Farsad wrote the following column about her experience touring the country to promote the film (which is now available on Netflix). Her main takeaway? “Bigots are bad fact checkers.” Read on…

Like most comedians, I made a comedy about Muslims. I know, how many of those do we really need? Premiering it and sharing it with the public has been endlessly fascinating (and occasionally scary).

Here’s the deal with the film: Myself and Dean Obeidallah rounded up a bunch of Muslim-American comedians – in a non-violent way – and together we toured the country. We called the show The Muslims Are Coming! We went to places in the deep South like Columbus, GA, Birmingham, AL, and Murfreesboro, TN – places that don’t necessarily register as “super hot for Muzzies.” These were standard comedy shows, minus the fact that they were free… OH, that there were only Muslims on stage. And, yes, when we went to Florida, we took a Jewish comic to open the show because it’s state law.

We filmed the whole affair, peppering the movie with scenes like “Ask a Muslim” where we set up a booth in the middle of an unsuspecting town square and answered questions all day. Or everyone’s favorite “Bowl with a Muslim” in which we learned that Muslims bowl badly. The movie also has fancy iconic people in it like the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, Rachel Maddow, Lewis Black, Janeane Garofalo, David Cross – basically a bunch of people that just won’t shut up about Muslims.

The aim of the movie is to try and open a dialogue about Islamophobia, to counter the ridiculous stereotypes, to build community with people that have no access to Muslims. The message is about love and understanding. The goal was to make friends and, above all, to be hilarious. But with the reception we got from some, you’d think we were a part of a secret Muslim Illuminati.

When the initial announcements about the film came out, the reaction was encouraging, sweet, and evil, all at the same time. A lot of people said really nice things. They used words like “courage,” “bravery,” and “pants.” It was touching. But my favorite response was from the right-wingers, places like Breitbart.com and Front Page. 

After seeing only the trailer, Breitbart said: 

“We aren’t even allowed to discuss Islam and the doctrine of jihad in the mainstream media, but ‘Islamophobia’ is a matter for comedy? How perfect: making fun of a subject that the American people don’t even begin to understand because of the prohibition on the subject matter.” 

If the fine people of Breitbart think there is a prohibition on the subject matter, sadly, they have never heard of Fox News. They’ve clearly never seen an episode of such overlooked shows as “24” or “Homeland”; and they never saw festival circuit faves like “True Lies,” “Taken” or “Team America”. (Okay, fine! The Albanian Muslims in “Taken” were sex traffickers not jihadists per se so I guess that’s totally different).

I just wish I could get them a subscription to Netflix or basic cable or even just a VHS player because they’ve missed so much jihad-based programming! In fact, when you look at American media in the last 20 years its like we’re waging a jihad on storylines that involve jihad because it has been overkill amiright?

But my favorite reaction to “The Muslims Are Coming!” came from The Washington Times. They spent their bandwidth trying to destroy the movie (again, having only seen the trailer) and referred to me as Mr. Farsad throughout the entire piece. At first, I was flattered, “wow, you think I have testicles!” And then I remembered it was the 21st century and I got mad!

It’s one thing to be attacked, but to assume that a woman doesn’t have the wherewithal to make a movie worth attacking?? That’s like a misogyny-Islamophobia-sandwich that tastes gross. 

To be fair, I get this all the time. People contact me as Mr. Farsad to ask about film rights and festival screenings. It’s a basic assumption that if someone with a strange name made a movie, that person is a dude. I mean, what are they gonna be, a woman of color? Here’s my suggestion, ask yourself “would a person by this name possibly have tits?” Then google me. Also, I’m IN the trailer… and named onscreen. It turns out that bigots are remarkably poor fact checkers.

But, the hardest reactions to deal with have been from my own people. Sometimes immigrants hold on to certain woman-hating tendencies that were popular in the mother country. (Those opinions are also popular in this country so they’re hard to give up.)

In the movie, I don’t come off as a “quiet obedient little Muslim girl.” Instead, I talk about boning and I speak like a graduate of the Truck Driver School of Linguistic Etiquette. I’ve gotten hateful tweets like “suck my proud Persian cock you fucking whore.” And (spoiler alert) there’s a whole scene in the movie where a bunch of Muslims walk out on me because I’m so endlessly shameful onstage.

For every moment that an extremist Middle Easterner has attacked me, I’ve gotten 10 times the attacks from non-Middle Eastern Americans about how this movie is trying to “brainwash” people. In Centralia, WA a screening of the movie was protested by a Christian group – I invited them to come inside and watch the movie. But they farthest they got was the lobby. Next time I’ll get them to non-committally stand in the doorway. Baby steps.

Once people see the movie – actually see it – they have a hard time hanging on to hate. Because we approached audiences with love. If you approach people with love, you’ll get love in return. It sounds so cheesy! This kind of chatter definitely threatens the notion that I have testicles. But that’s okay, because if there’s one thing I’ve learned as a filmmaker, it’s that boobs are great.

Watch the trailer for the film below.


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Islamia

Islam in a nutshell

This, not the Chinese or the Russians represent the greatest threat to
the world and might be the fulfillment of the book of Revelation in
the Holy Bible.

Adapted from Dr. Peter Hammond’s book: Slavery, Terrorism and Islam:
The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat

Islam is not a religion, nor is it a cult. In its fullest form, it is
a complete, total, 100% system of life.

Islam has religious, legal, political, economic, social, and military
components. The religious component is a beard for all of the other
components.

Islamization begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to
agitate for their religious privileges.

When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse societies
agree to Muslim demands for their religious privileges, some of the
other components tend to creep in as well.

Here’s how it works:

As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any
given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a
peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. This is
the case in:

United States — Muslim 0.6%
Australia — Muslim 1.5%
Canada — Muslim 1.9%
China — Muslim 1.8%
Italy — Muslim 1.5%
Norway — Muslim 1.8%

At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities
and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and
among street gangs. This is happening in:

Denmark — Muslim 2%
Germany — Muslim 3.7%
United Kingdom — Muslim 2.7%
Spain — Muslim 4%
Thailand — Muslim 4.6%

>From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to
their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for
the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby
securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase
pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves —
along with threats for failure to comply. This is occurring in:

France — Muslim 8%
Philippines — 5%
Sweden — Muslim 5%
Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%
The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%
Trinidad & Tobago — Muslim 5.8%

At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow
them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the
Islamic Law.
The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase
lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions.. In Paris
, we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends
Islam and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam ,
with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such
tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections in:

Guyana — Muslim 10%
India — Muslim 13.4%
Israel — Muslim 16%
Kenya — Muslim 10%
Russia — Muslim 15%

After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad
militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian
churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:

Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%

At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror
attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:

Bosnia — Muslim 40%
Chad — Muslim 53..1%
Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

>From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers
of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic
ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya,
the tax placed on infidels, such as in:

Albania — Muslim 70%
Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%
Qatar — Muslim 77.5%
Sudan — Muslim 70%

After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run
ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out
the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been
experienced and in some ways is on-going in:

Bangladesh — Muslim 83%
Egypt — Muslim 90%
Gaza — Muslim 98.7%
Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%
Iran — Muslim 98%
Iraq — Muslim 97%
Jordan — Muslim 92%
Morocco — Muslim 98.7%
Pakistan — Muslim 97%
Palestine — Muslim 99%
Syria — Muslim 90%
Tajikistan — Muslim 90%
Turkey — Muslim 99.8%
United Arab Emirates — Muslim 96%

100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House
of Peace. Here there’s supposed to be peace, because everybody is a
Muslim, the Madrasses are the only schools, and the Koran is the only
word, such as in:

Afghanistan — Muslim 100%
Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%
Somalia — Muslim 100%
Yemen — Muslim 100%

Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% states the
most radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their
blood lust by killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons.

‘Before I was nine, I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was
me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family
against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; the tribe
against the world, and all of us against the infidel. — Leon Uris,
‘The Haj’

It is important to understand that in some countries, with well under
100% Muslim populations, such as France, the minority Muslim
populations live in ghettos, within which they are 100% Muslim, and
within which they live by Sharia Law. The national police do not even
enter these ghettos. There are no national courts, nor schools, nor
non-Muslim religious facilities. In such situations, Muslims do not
integrate into the community at large. The children attend madrasses.
They learn only the Koran. To even associate with an infidel is a
crime punishable with death. Therefore, in some areas of certain
nations, Muslim Imams and extremists exercise more power than the
national average would indicate.

Today’s 1.5 billion Muslims make up 22% of the world’s population. But
their birth rates dwarf the birth rates of Christians, Hindus,
Buddhists, Jews, and all other believers. Muslims will exceed 50% of
the world’s population by the end of this century.

Well, boys and girls, today we are letting the fox guard the henhouse.
The wolves will be herding the sheep!

Obama appoints two devout Muslims to Homeland Security posts. Doesn’t
this make you feel safer already?

Obama and Janet Napolitano appoint Arif Alikhan, a devout Muslim, as
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development.

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano swore in Kareem Shora, a devout Muslim
who was born in Damascus , Syria , as ADC National Executive Director
as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC).

NOTE: Has anyone ever heard a new government official being identified
as a devout Catholic, a devout Jew or a devout Protestant…? Just
wondering.

Devout Muslims being appointed to critical Homeland Security positions?
Doesn’t this make you feel safer already??

That should make the US ‘ homeland much safer, huh!!
Was it not "Devout Muslim men" that flew planes into U.S. buildings 10
years ago?

Was it not a Devout Muslim who killed 13 at FortHood ?

Also: This is very interesting and we all need to read it from start
to finish. Maybe this is why our American Muslims are so quiet and not
speaking out about any atrocities. Can a good Muslim be a good
American? This question was forwarded to a friend who worked in Saudi
Arabia for 20 years. The following is his reply:

Theologically – no . . . Because his allegiance is to Allah, The moon
God of Arabia

Religiously – no. Because no other religion is accepted by His Allah
except Islam (Quran, 2:256)(Koran)

Scripturally – no. Because his allegiance is to the five Pillars of
Islam and the Quran.

Geographically – no. Because his allegiance is to Mecca , to which he
turns in prayer five times a day.

Socially – no. Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make
friends with Christians or Jews..

Politically – no. Because he must submit to the mullahs (spiritual
leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and destruction of America
, the great Satan.

Domestically – no. Because he is instructed to marry four Women and
beat and scourge his wife when she disobeys him (Quran 4:34)

Intellectually – no. Because he cannot accept the American
Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes
the Bible to be corrupt.

Philosophically – no. Because Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran do not
allow freedom of religion and expression… Democracy and Islam cannot
co-exist. Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.

Spiritually – no. Because when we declare ‘one nation under God,’ the
Christian’s God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to
as Heavenly father, nor is he ever called love in The Quran’s 99
excellent names.

Therefore, after much study and deliberation. … Perhaps we should be
very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country. – – – They obviously
cannot be both ‘good’ Muslims and good Americans. Call it what you
wish, it’s still the truth. You had better believe it. The more who
understand this, the better it will be for our country and our future.
The religious war is bigger than we know or understand.

Can a Muslim be a good soldier???

Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, opened fire at Ft.Hood and Killed 13. He
is a good Muslim!!!

Footnote: The Muslims have said they will destroy us from within.

Geordi

Less TV is the recommendation for those cave people in America who haven't found out what politics in the Middle East are all about. Get an internet connection.

General genocide

Hey lance terrorism is a strategy a tactic if you will, one which western nations readily employ. See CIA and al qaeda also the northern alliance in afghanistan were pur best friend during soviet cold war. My point being i condemn harsh foreign policy with short foresight, more so than i condemn a islamic terrorist, the islamic terrorist is suck due to the inability to coordinate kneself with in the global capital system. Have you condemnded bush? Obama? No ? And why do muslims need to speak out against it? You guys haest spoke out against torture so just go ahead and throw centuried of universal human rights out the window you twat.

Lance

I'm tired of you guys calling someone conservative a 'right winger' because this is not true. By your logic, should we call obama a communist?

As for the muslim thing, can you really blame people? We never hear muslims speak up or condemn their vicious elements, and the terrorism has offered the only view we have. So who could blame us for our view? Maybe if you lost someone in the twin towers you'd see it differently.

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