Muslim comics have a special purpose this year, and Trump is their punch line

Source: The Washington Post

July 12 at 6:30 AM

Like many American Muslims, Maysoon Zayid wants to obliterate Donald Trump’s presidential bid. But her chosen way to accomplish this feat is a little nontraditional — it’s with punch lines.

“Good thing I got married before Trump’s Muslim ban went into effect,” one of her jokes goes. “My husband is an Arab Muslim refugee who came here on a K1 fiance visa. If Trump had his way, I would die a virgin.”

Comics have always used jokes as a means of entertainment, catharsis and social change. But in 2016, Muslim American comedians see their art as a tool for survival.

This week, Zayid and a few dozen other comics (including myself) will unite in New York City for a comedy festival with a mission. Several of the comedians are coming from other countries out of fear that a President Trump might keep them out of the country for next year’s fest.

The goal of these Muslim comedians is to comically fillet Trump, poking fun at his divisive rhetoric, inflammatory proposals and, of course, his Muppet-inspired hairstyle. It’s only fair considering Trump’s “jihad” on Muslims, from his infamous declaration calling for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” to indicating his openness to profile Muslim Americans to even suggesting the need to close American mosques.

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Azhar Usman, one of the stars of the “Allah Made Me Funny” tour, playfully looks at the bright side of Trump with this bit: “Muslims should not be mad at Donald Trump. Because Islamophobic hate just makes reasonable people investigate Islam, some of whom end up converting. One day, Donald’s grandson, Abdullah Trump, will probably end up apologizing for him.”

In my act, I take on one of Trump’s other campaign staples: “Trump has made some outrageous proposals this campaign, but one thing he has talked about will definitely happen. If Trump is elected president, Mexico will build a wall. I’m pretty sure Canada will build one as well. In fact, maybe they will team up to build a dome over America to keep him out.”

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