Satirist – or Racist and Anti-Semitic?
There’s nothing better than a good satire. Fairfax’s Ben Pobjie, after bewailing the lack of talent on Australian TV compared with the US and Britain added that
“we should take a moment to recognise that we actually have some damn talented folk in this country …for all the – often justified – wailing about dreadful locally made comedy, we keep turning up…satire like Legally Brown, and the production line of sharp local comedy minds continues with LB‘s Nazeem Hussain…
So… let’s not let the brilliance under our noses go unnoticed… once you start looking for diamonds in the mud, you’ll suddenly find them everywhere.” HERE:
So is Nazeem a diamond? Pobjie’s accolades aside, let’s examine the evidence:
The Australian’s Chris Kenny wrote in 2011:
Described as a comedian and the treasurer of the Islamic Council of Victoria, he joined ABC television’s Q&A program to give a young Muslim Australian’s perspective on the death of Osama bin Laden.
The result was highly disturbing and dangerous.
In what amounted to an apologia for terrorism he displayed a warped view of the war against terrorism and drew a moral equivalence between the deliberate and senseless slaughter of almost 3000 innocent people in the US on September 11, 2001 and the targeted killing of terrorist leader Bin Laden.
Given more than 100 Australian civilians have been killed in terrorist attacks since those planes were flown into the twin towers, we all live with the trauma of modern security concerns… it is too much to accept these misguided and insensitive views as part of a broad public discourse.
Let’s examine Hussain’s words…
“You know, look this is the war on terror. This is the age of rendition, torture, Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib Prison.”
Really? Most of us would characterise the age of terror by the vile atrocities perpetrated against civilians. More than 200 people blown apart and burned by bombers in Bali, or dozens of London and Madrid commuters slaughtered in trains on the way to work, or Pakistani families cut down by suicide bombers in a marketplace, or tourists hunted and shot like feral animals in Mumbai – this is the age of terror.
It is also the age of soldiers at sports venues, screening at airports and daily worry we have about travelling friends.
Hussain insults us all by defining the age of terror not through this insidious evil and its consequences but through a list of anti-American grievances.
This is a moral backflip that instantaneously converts the terror campaign from being a savage and unprovoked attack against western people, their supporters and their values into a tale of western wrong-doings fomenting resentment and violence.
…Hussain went on to explicitly blame the west for terrorists.
“You know, Islamic terrorism exists in the context of many, many years of western intervention in the Middle East dating back to the first Gulf War with sanctions and bombings of Iraq… eventually you’re going to create someone like Osama bin Laden who is going to react in a way that you just can’t control.”
So Hussain is saying it was all our fault. What a terrible, wrong and dangerous thing to say.
This is the sort of muddle-headed self-loathing that can only endanger the very existence of liberal democracies because it leads inevitably to us doing whatever the terrorists demand.
This bright young man neglected to condemn the horror and went straight to criticising our response.
He neglected to detail the evil of bin Laden’s actions but immediately protested the trampling of the al-Qa’ida leader’s rights: “You know due process isn’t something that the US has always kind of followed, so it’s not surprising that they essentially perhaps, you know, executed this guy.
… He actually drew an unqualified moral equivalence between the actions of Osama bin Laden and those of President Obama: “I think you shouldn’t respond in, you know, the same way that bin Laden has you know, bin Laden killed people indiscriminately.
“I don’t think the United States should be proud that they’re stooping to the same level.”
Surely he cannot seriously contend the shooting of a terrorist mastermind in a military raid is comparable to the deliberate slaughter of 3000 civilians.
Hussain seems to think we all have a lot to learn: “Now, that he’s gone, now we can just take a break, pause, look back and see where we are and see if we’ve actually progressed since September 11 in terms of our attitudes towards minority communities not just Muslims but people who aren’t white in Australia.”
Get it? Osama bin Laden apparently taught us a lesson about how we treat minorities.
If Hussain doesn’t understand how offensive this is, he really needs to sit down and discuss these issues with a mature person.
So according to Nazeem, our attitude towards Muslims and non-white minorities is the problem. What’s worse is that many in the audience – brainwashed by political correctness, which deems that anything said by non-whites and Muslims must be commendable – applauded him.
All reasonable people agree that racism is deplorable.
Watching Nazeem’s Legally Brown, it struck me how racist he was towards white people, constantly making sweeping generalizations about them. The odd thing is that many white people, admittedly from the leftie elite, think he is hilarious. Would they have felt the same if he’d made the same statements about black people? Of course not!
There is a common misconception that only white people can be racist, easily disproved by looking at nearly all Arab countries. Dubai, hailed as a modern miracle, has a society where people are treated differently according to race. Nazeem would fare badly there, paid much less than Arabs and probably forced to live in a compound with fellow ‘brown people’, despite being a Muslim in an Islamic country. It seems not all ‘brothers’ are equal!
Compare his treatment in Australia, where he is feted as a comedic genius and given generous government grants. He is wealthy, well educated and given special treatment, presumably because of his ethnicity and religion.
Despite all these advantages, Nazeem promotes the idea that Australia’s ethnic majority are a bunch of racists.
Not only is Nazeem racist towards white people, but he is also a supporter of BDS, the racist, anti-Semitic movement that seeks to demonise Israel and Jews who dare support their historic homeland.
Vickie Janson wrote:
“The Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) has previously used vilification laws to prosecute Christian pastors for apparently vilifying and mocking Muslims. Yet ICV Spokesperson Nazeem Hussain and his partner in comedy presenting ‘Fear of Brown Planet’ received a VicHealth grant of $150,000 to legally vilify and mock non-Muslims because having a good laugh at others is deemed beneficial for mental health. Mr Hussain also supports the radical anti-Semitic BDS group making a complete mockery of the notion of charging others with vilification.”
In 2010 Nazeem joined “a day of solidarity with Palestine”.
500 individuals participated in pro-Palestine activities in Melbourne, protesting against both the brutality of Israel’s actions in recent weeks and the ongoing support of the Australian government for Israeli apartheid.
The day started off with a Students for Palestine forum at RMIT University discussing the reality of Israeli apartheid. In one of the emotional highpoints of the forum, one of the speakers read a quote from Desmond Tutu — a leader of the anti-apartheid campaign in South Africa — which argued that the situation in Palestine is worse than anything he saw in his struggle.
…the forum participants then marched down to the state library where they joined around 500 persons in a rally with the slogan “Break Ties with Apartheid Israel.” …. One speaker after another denounced the Australian government for this slavish support for Israel.
Nazeem Hussain from the comedy duo Fear of a Brown Planet said:
“The government that we voted in is one of the only countries in the world that votes alongside that terrorist nation. Australia and the US, in the last couple of weeks, didn’t vote to investigate war crimes committed by Israel. Shame on Australia. Shame on this supposedly left-wing party of this great democratic nation.”
Inaf Sammak from the Federation of Australian Muslim Students and Youth said:
“… We demand that Australia cut ties with Israel — apartheid Israel. We demand that the transgressions of the holy sites be condemned.”
Just last year Julia Gillard… announced her total support for Israel in the midst of the slaughter of Gazan civilians, asserting that
“Israel has the right to defend itself.”
One of the Palestinian speakers asked: “How can Australia remain silent while Jerusalem cries?” The hundreds of students and community supporters involved in the day of solidarity’s actions are committed to campaign for Palestinian rights as long as is necessary, until the apartheid nature of the state of Israel is abolished .
So Nazeem is committed to abolishing the State of Israel, a UN member with which Australia has friendly relations.
I’d like to pose two questions:
1) Is Nazeem a cutting edge satirist, or is his brand of comedy racist?
2) Does his support of BDS – racist, anti-Semitic group – make him a racist and an anti-Semite?
“Legally Brown” SBS videos
Waleed Aly endorses Nazeem’s view that Muslims are victims of our racism – even though Islam is not a race!
“He exposes a binary world where there’s whiteness, and then otherness. Where white people are individuals and non-white people (a singular group) are not.
…his is the world of post-9/11 Australian Muslims…It’s about being a consistent target of political opportunism, where everyone from the Prime Minister to the Foreign Minister to an otherwise washed-up backbencher with a view on burqas has you in their sights; where bombs detonate in Western capitals and unrelated nations are invaded. It is an altogether heavier, more politically contentious world.
Uncle Sam… was designed to embody society’s greatest fears about Muslim radicalism. In Legally Brown he is an unlikely prime ministerial candidate with a promise to “Make Australia Halal”.
There’s no doubt Hussain is testing social limits… on Salam Café, by far the most common theme was that we had no right, as Muslims, to be critical of some aspect of Australia. We were lucky to have been allowed into this country… we were outsiders, and should behave as such…We are welcome, but only as supplicants, celebrating the nation’s unblemished virtue.
Is that edgy? …He’s just speaking with a voice we rarely hear from a minority: one that simply assumes its place as an insider. His is a political voice, sure. But it’s also an Australian voice. And that, I suspect, is what’s most likely to offend. Read here SMH
Wal is wrong that we are offended by those with an Australian voice; what we object to are attempts to undermine our egalitarian culture by introducing sharia.