May 17, 2010

Quote of the Day

Adam Serwer on the predictable right-wing freakout over the new Miss USA being- horror of horrors!- a Muslim woman:

I'm not really a fan of beauty contests, but the tone and substance of the fever swamp's reaction to an Arab-American winning a beauty contest is at least useful for pointing out how some people's political opinions aren't based so much in questions of policy as anti-Muslim animosity. The level of anger is just so plainly disproportionate to the matter at hand as to be self-implicating. These people aren't worried about terrorism -- they're offended by the idea of Muslims being integrated into the most mundane and banal aspects of American society.
At least they didn't ask for her papers. Not yet, anyway.

Posted by Stephen Silver at May 17, 2010 09:01 PM
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