NYC Subway arrest shows effect of anti-Muslim advertisements
On Tuesday, Egyptian-born U.S. reporter Mona Eltahawy was placed under arrest for attempting to spray-paint over an anti-Muslim advertisement on an NYC subway. Her protest was directed at one of a series of controversial new subway ads which label Muslims as ‘uncivilized savages.’ The ads are large, wall size advertisements that read: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel, Defeat Jihad.”
The ads have sparked a great deal of debate, and were originally denied by the Metro Transit Authority because they were ‘demeaning.’ However, a federal judge ruled in July that it is protected speech and the ads will be up for a month. The person responsible for the ads is a conservative commentator named Pamela Geller, who also headed up a recent campaign against an Islamic learning center being constructed near the World Trade Center site. (wash) These same advertisements were put on busses in San Francisco this summer, and could pave the way for more extremist views being incorporated into advertising in other major cities, such as Boston. Eltahawy’s arrest happened at a relevant time given that all major world leaders are currently meeting at the U.N. in New York. Also, the President’s comments at the U.N. yesterday addressed how powerful the impact of hateful or ideological speech can be.
While addressing the recent video that has sparked anti-American protests all across the Middle East, Obama called the idea of governing the flow of speech in today’s world ‘obsolete’. With the way videos and pictures can be transmitted all across the globe instantaneously, he felt that all we can really control is ‘how we respond.’ Who can tell what kind of responses . . .
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