The tabloids published my teenage tweets and implied I’m a fanatical Muslim – so let me set the record straight

When I wrote these tweets, I was 16 years old and still working out who I was. They were happy to publish them, but failed to mention all the positive work and initiatives I’ve been part of since I made a few ill-advised jokes

This week I joined an exclusive club, a club with a very lucrative and specific membership list.

Having been elected as the President of the University of Salford’s Student Union and a National Executive Councillor of the NUS, I was chosen by the tabloid press for scrutiny.

The headlines started rolling in when tweets that I wrote as a teenager, at the beginning of sixth form college, caught people’s attention. The adolescent comments of a young girl were twisted to make them seem far more sinister than they ever were intended to be. “If I was President I’d oppress white people just to give them a taste of what they put us through! LMFAO” said one. In another, I said everyone should read the Quran; a separate one said that I didn’t think girls could be friends with guys and that there should be “boundaries” in those sorts of friendships because it was “Islamically not correct”.


1 reply

  1. Yes, folks! Be careful what you tweet and post anywhere on the internet. You may become famous and successful one day and all those jealous guys out there will try to ‘catch you’ …

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