Apparently, late night talk show host Conan O’Brien can’t handle Muslim women kicking “Islamophobic, misogynistic, pasty” ass.
It was recently announced that the new Ms. Marvel would be a shape-shifting 16-year-old Muslim teen from New Jersey named Kamala Khan. Kamala, whose parents are from Pakistan, grew up idealizing the original Ms. Marvel – the blonde-haired, blue-eyed Carol Danvers who currently goes by the moniker Captain Marvel. Kamala made her debut in Captain Marvel #17.
In response, O’Brien tweeted, “Marvel Comics is introducing a new Muslim Female superhero. She has so many more special powers than her husband’s other wives.”
Needless to say, the joke – which is both sexist and Islamophobic – wasn’t received well. Here was actor Riz Ahmed’s reaction on Twitter:
— Riz Ahmed (@rizmc) November 9, 2013
O’Brien ended up deleting the tweet but has yet to issue an apology or even acknowledge the negative reaction.