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Jeff Goldblum’s Comments About A “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” Contestant’s Hijab Spark Controversy

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.”

“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.

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“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.

Some folks said Goldblum was getting lambasted for asking an honest question.

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.