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Fans defend Adam Driver after he was ‘canceled’ for comments about joining military

Driver was accused of being Islamophobic over past statements about joining the Marines shortly after 9/11.

Apr 21, 2020, 4:06 pm

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Brooke Sjoberg 

Brooke Sjoberg

Adam Driver was accused of being Islamophobic, and fans quickly flocked to his defense.

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The #AdamDriverIsOverParty hashtag was kicked off by Twitter user @fairyAmidala, who used it to tweet that Driver is "ugly inside and out."

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https://twitter.com/fairyAmidala/status/1252357395918905346

People began referencing an NPR interview from 2015 and a New Yorker story from 2019. In both, Driver said he joined the Marines shortly after 9/11 out of a sense of patriotism and desire for "retribution." In a Tumblr blog "summarizing the issue," which was also linked to in the Twitter debate, commenters expressed feeling that Driver's comments in the NPR interview were Islamophobic.

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Some people ran with it, but most tweets under the hashtag are in defense of Driver.

"ABAHAHAA. # AdamDriverIsOverParty Y'all are really some bored 16 year olds!" Twitter user @Maddieoos wrote. "Please do your research because this is getting old. #AdamDriverIsNOTOverParty!"

https://twitter.com/maddieoos/status/1252636433631735808
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Driver was honorably discharged after being injured and never saw battle, according to the New Yorker.

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*First Published: Apr 21, 2020, 4:06 pm