Justice

Aaron Rodgers Calls out Fan for Islamophobic Comment

November 16th 2015

By:
Taylor Bell

In a post-game press conference, Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers denounced a fan's Islamophobic comments made during the game, SBNation reports.

The Packers were hosting the Detroit Lions Sunday and began with a moment of silence to honor those who lost their lives in the recent Paris attacks. But during this solemn moment, some fans used the time to voice their contempt for Muslims. According to the Washington Post, a fan appeared to shout, "Muslims suck." Rodgers immediately responded to that comment during a post-game press conference.

"I think it's important to do things like that," Rodgers said of the moment of silence observed for Paris. "We're a connected world—you know, six degrees of separation."

"I must admit, though, I was very disappointed with whoever the fan was who made a comment that I thought was really inappropriate during the moment of silence," Rodgers continued. "It's that kind of prejudicial ideology that I think puts us in the position that we're in today as a world."

See the full moment:

Many applauded Rodgers on social media. (Though Deadspin notes he also faced backlash.)

Rodgers was so disgusted with comment that he did not even repeat what was said, USA Today reports.

In light of the tragedy that stuck Paris, many people have openly criticized Islam, including noted liberal and talk show host Bill Maher. On his show Friday he encouraged other liberals to wake up and critically analyze Islam while also expressing solidarity with Paris, Salon reports. However, the online community is continuing to fight Islamophobia.

Over the weekend, a 2014 CNN interview with University of California, Riverside professor Reza Aslan went viral. The interview includes Aslan dispelling stigmas about Islam.

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