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Audience Member Calls 911 After Muslim-American Comedian Tells a Joke at Comedy Show

Audience Member Calls 911 After Muslim-American Comedian Tells a Joke at Comedy Show

Ahmed Ahmed did a comedy show at ‘Off The Hook Comedy Club’ in Naples, Florida, on May 12.  He apparently made a joke about the number of Middle Eastern people in the audience, and a member of the spectating set called 911. The person who called told the cops that there were roughly “25 Muslims” in attendance. The comedian, Ahmed, allegedly joked to the caller:

“We could organize our own terrorist organization.”

Comedian/Actor Ahmed Ahmed (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for Bud Light)

At a comedy show, this was, no doubt, a joke. However, there are people out there who believe that being a Muslim is the equivalent of being a terrorist. However, like many would be, Ahmed Ahmed was aghast that the authorities were called on him. He said of the incident:

“I don’t know if it’s fear, racism, ignorance, or Islamophobia, or whatever you want to call it. It’s unfortunate that somebody was very adamant about making a point to make a 911 call.”

The 911 called later said that Ahmed’s jokes made him uncomfortable, though not giving a reason. He said:

“I think [Ahmed] said – I don’t want to misquote the joke – he said, ‘I knew there was at least one of us in here.’ Then he pauses, and then he goes, ‘Comedians of course. Comedians.’ And so everybody in their mind thinks that he’s going to say something like a terrorist or something, but he says comedians, and that’s the joke. So I think the guy wasn’t even probably paying attention.”

As for Ahmed Ahmed, he went on to say:

“An audience member called 911 on me because ‘they feared for their lives’ over a joke I told on stage. That’s never happened to me or any comedian I believe. F****** crazy man. The cops were even like ‘WTF.'”

He even tweeted about it:

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Whether or not this was Islamophobia or racism remains to be seen. However, it is to remember the melting pot nature of America during all of this and act in a friendly manner.

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