Jeff Goldblum is coming under fire for comments he made to a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The Jurassic Park actor is being accused of islamophobia by critics on social media after asking participant Jackie Cox if the blue hijab with silver stars that Cox wore on the runway was “anti-homosexuality” and “anti-woman.”
Ummmmmmmmm..... Jeff Goldblum wyd pic.twitter.com/dQndTH65VR— Ira Madison III (@ira) April 25, 2020
“Is there something in this religion that is anti-homosexuality and anti-woman? Does that complicate the issue? I’m just raising it and thinking out loud and maybe being stupid,” Goldblum asked.
His comments came during a “Stars and Stripes” themed runway event. Cox, whose non-drag name is Darius Rose, wore a red and white striped caftan and a hijab.
“You can be Middle Eastern, you can be Muslim and you can still be American,” Cox said.
Goldblum asked Cox if she was religious. She said that she was not but that America’s Muslim ban affected her family and “destroyed” her faith in America.
“To be honest, this outfit really represents the importance that visibility for people of religious minorities need to have in this country,” Cox explained.
“I’m here and I deserve to be in America just as much as anyone else.”
Goldblum’s comment ignited controversy among fans, some of whom insisted that Islam is not the only religion that marginalizes the LGBTQ community and women.
I really don’t need to see the islamophobic Jeff Goldblum clip on the second day of Ramadan so please stop sharing it and remember: if you bring up homophobia and sexism every time someone mentions Islam but not Christianity you’re racist. That’s it. You are.— Alex✨ (@dirtbagboyfren) April 25, 2020
Jeff Goldblum’s commentary tonight on drag race has been really off-putting, the whole “just wondering out loud, Islam is a misogynistic, homophobic faith” is not cool— Erin Brockobić (@erinbrockobic) April 25, 2020
Jeff Goldblum felt the need to say "but isn't Islam anti-gay and anti-woman" to Jackie because she was wearing a stars-and-stripes hijab, as if America hasn't been anti-gay and anti-woman from the outset, or killed and displaced millions of Muslims, including women and queers...— Omar Sakr (@OmarjSakr) April 25, 2020
Some folks said Goldblum was getting lambasted for asking an honest question.
Hi! As a drag queen, I stand behind Jeff Goldblum. What Jeff Goldblum said was not Islamophobic. And attacking him for those statements is deeply HOMOPHOBIC. Islam is a deeply sexist and homophobic religion that believes that I should be stoned to death for existing.— Izzy Gaye (@QueenIzzyGaye) April 25, 2020
Calling the situation a “complex issue,” Cox said that she also has misgivings about the way people who identify as LGBTQ are treated in the Middle East.