Baz Ashmawy: ‘I’m more afraid of Islamophobia now than ISIS’
Irish television success Baz Ashmawy has revealed that he is worried that people will become more prejudice towards Muslims in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
Speaking to The Irish Mail on Sunday, the star of 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy said he believes Islamophobia is a bigger problem than the threat of ISIS and said he’s noticed a change in “climate” towards Muslims throughout the past week.
Ashmawy, who was raised with both Muslim and Catholic traditions in Dublin, is currently making a documentary for RTE called The Lost Muslim.
“The climate has changed radically over the last week and I’m more afraid of Islamophobia now than ISIS,” Baz said.
“If people out there think the terrorists have anything to do with Islam, they are wrong.
“We filmed a documentary in London where a lot of young Muslims are being targeted by extremist groups. But it has nothing to do with religion. Joining ISIS is the most extreme, anti-establishment, punk thing you can do. That’s why kids are hooking up with it.
“They are completely alienated from the society they live in,” he said.
The star revealed that he worries for Muslims in Ireland who might be targeted with abuse and treated with prejudice in the wake of the terrorist attacks.
“I’m worries that Abdul your taxi driver in Dublin or Mohammed who works in Boots are now going to be targeted by people angry about the terrorist attacks,” he said.
Baz and his mum Nancy were recently nominated for an Emmy Award for their show 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy.
“I had a very funny conversation on the phone with my mum last night, ‘An Emmy! An Emmy! It’s called an Emmy!’” he told The Anton Savage Show.
“We’re going to New York for free which is great,” he added.
"Nancy’s going to get to go to The Emmys! – that's just bananas. She's got to do all of these amazing things and now she's going to get her glad rags on and have a very glitzy night in The Hilton. It's brilliant and amazing."