British-Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed has called out politicians and members of Hollywood fraternity to come forward and help in eliminating the Islamophobia sentiment prevailing in West.
Speaking at the CAA Amplify conference in Ojai, the United States, the actor stated how in last 15 years he has been stopped at the airport and checked for explosives, despite his presence in Hollywood circles. The actor also shared the obstacles Muslim face despite their continuous attempts at bringing things to normal for themselves and those around.
“Hasan Minhaj could win a Peabody, I could win an Emmy, Ibtihaj Muhammad could win the Olympics, but some of these obstacles are systemic, and we can’t really face them alone,” said the Venom actor.
“The efforts of individual artists or storytellers may be bold, they may be progressive, they may act as beacons of hope for other people, but in the face of institutional prejudice and institutionalized obstacles, systemic obstacles, our efforts can sometimes still fall flat,” he added.
Riz went on to ask the influentials of Hollywood to play their role in ending the hatred against Muslims in media and otherwise.
“We need your help. I’m basically here to ask for your help,” said Riz.
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“It’s really scary to be a Muslim right now. Super scary,” he concluded.
Alongside Riz, anchor Hasan Minhaj, Michael B Jordan, and Jamie Foxx were also amongst the attendees of the conference.