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The Muslims Are Coming, Part II
by Mark Tapson
Several weeks ago I posted a piece on FrontPage Mag entitled "The Muslims Are Coming!" about a recent documentary following a troupe of Muslim standup comics as they toured the country, enlightening all the middle-American clods who have somehow gotten the crazy impression that Islam poses a threat. I harshly attacked this concept; my take was that the world has an Islam problem, not an Islamophobia problem, and that claiming otherwise and slapping a happy face on the issue is insulting and pointless.
The film's producer and co-director Dean Obeidallah, who is also one of the featured comedians, unsurprisingly took exception to this and called me a bigot and idiot on Twitter for reviewing a film I hadn't seen. I responded that my article wasn't a review of the documentary and didn't claim to be; it was commentary on the very concept of the film based on the abundant information provided on its website, with a few examples drawn from the movie's three-minute trailer. He seemed to think that watching the film itself would change my mind. I asked him if the trailer and website were not representative of the film's content; because if they weren't, and the film is about something completely different, then he has a marketing problem.
Obeidallah, who bills himself as the Dean of Comedy (Get it? His name is Dean) couldn't or wouldn't respond. Instead, he went off and wrote about my piece at the Daily Beast where he could dismiss me as a hater for his audience of smug leftist sheep, who either live in willful ignorance about Islam or happily support the agenda of Islamic fundamentalists to tear down western civilization from within and without.
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