Comedian Jess Hilarious reportedly managed to get four Sikh men removed from her flight because she felt "threatened," according to Newsweek.
The Rel actress, born Jessica Moore, reportedly made a tweet about feeling uncomfortable boarding a plane with four Sikh men. In an Instagram video, she's heard gasping as the camera focuses on one of the Sikh men.
The now-viral video has angered the online community, and some were quick to correct the Baltimore native about the differences between Sikh and Muslim individuals, who practice two distinct religions.
Following the tweet, the plane was allegedly evacuated and Moore noted in a follow-up social media post that the four men were no longer on the plane, leading her to double-down on her initial claim of having felt unsafe.
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The comedian's actions come during a painful time for the Muslim community following Friday's mass shooting at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. As Blavity previously reported, a gunman harboring white nationalist views opened fire at two separate mosques, killing 49 worshippers and injuring at least 20 more.
Several Twitter users quickly denounced her antics and noted the irony of a Black woman feeling "threatened" by someone of a different race or belief.
Jess Hilarious got some Sikh men kicked off the plane bc she was scared of them bc of their turbans they had on? A black woman has the audacity to stereotype brown men with turbans all while wearing a headscarf herself? So can we stop acting like she’s funny & cancel her already pic.twitter.com/IJfPVRF3Xd
— ✌???? (@DopealiciousJ) March 17, 2019
Jess Hilarious having Sikh people kicked off a plane because she was "uncomfortable" with "Muslims" in head coverings being on the same flight while her hair was wrapped in a beauty store scarf is PEAK IGNORANCE. pic.twitter.com/TfueYbxOl0
— Tam✌???? (@_tamtastic) March 17, 2019
I really hope @jesshilarious has people around her who can help her understand that her treatment of the men on her flight was completely grotesque and Islamophobic & anti-Sikh as well. How disappointing to see a Black woman acting as a vector for white supremacist Islamophobia.
— Chanda Prescod-Weinstein ????????♀️ ???????????? (@IBJIYONGI) March 17, 2019
Shortly after her rant went viral, Jess posted a half-hearted apology via a since-deleted post on her Instagram Stories, and, of course, she mentioned that "we have Muslims in my family" to prove she isn't a racist.
Jess Hilarious is blatantly ignorant lmao, first off those were Sikhs on the plane and besides, had they been Muslims why would you behave that way despite having Muslims in your family? ????????♀️ pic.twitter.com/0GOMnSo8b7
— Too $hort (@sukhisofly) March 17, 2019
"Look ya'll, I'm not racist and never have I been," the Rel star wrote. "We have Muslims in my family, however, I was totally unaware of the different types of Muslim, so yes, I admit I'm ignorant to the facts so teach me."
"N****s know I'm never f***ing racist, but I spotted something and I put it out earlier and we just got evacuated from our plane," Moore continued. "F**k y'all, if I'm scared, I'm scared… y'all mad at me because I don't side with every other Black person."
The Baltimore native also posted a video chastising those criticizing her behavior, saying one day "Y'all are going to listen to Jess one day, 'cause my news is real."
Days after 50 Muslim people were murdered because of their religion in a terror attack, @jess_hilarious had 4 Sikh people kicked off a flight because she was “scared.” I am a Sikh. We must denounce this bigotry & racism. We can do better.
— Simar (@sahluwal) March 17, 2019
"F**k y'all, I feel how I feel. I felt threatened and that was it. F**k y'all," she added emphatically.
The incident isn't the first time the actress has seemingly forgotten where she's from. In May, she caught backlash after mocking the phrase "Black Dollars Matter" and profanely inquired about the meaning of a Black dollar given all money is green.
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