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‘Star Wars” Riz Ahmed opens up about being racially profiled at airport
At the CAA Amplify summit in June, actor Riz Ahmed opened up about being racially profiled in an airport, citing Islamophobia.
Homeland Security would not allow him to board a plane, leading him to cancel his appearance at a Star Wars convention in April. Ahmed played Bodhi Rook in the 2016 film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
#StarWarsCelebration Update: We're so sorry to announce that due to circumstances beyond his control, Riz Ahmed will be canceling his full appearance. Attendees can use their current Riz Ahmed tickets to exchange at the Topps Help Desk throughout the weekend.— StarWars Celebration (@SW_Celebration) April 12, 2019
“It’s really scary to be a Muslim right now, super scary,” the Emmy Award-winner said at the summit.
It wasn’t the first instance Ahmed, who is British-Pakistani, says he was racially profiled while in an airport. He spoke about being repeatedly stopped, searched, and having to endure interviews for the past 15 years.
In 2018 the Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s travel ban, often referred to as a Muslim ban because five out of seven of the targeted countries are Muslim-majority countries: Syria, Iran, Yemen, Libya, and Somalia.
“I’ve often wondered, is this going to be the year when they round us up, if this is going to be the year they put Trump’s registry into action. If this is going to be the year they ship us all off,” Ahmed said.
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Eilish O'Sullivan is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism and government at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle and the Daily Texan.