Sunday 17 November 2019

Posters reading ‘Beware, the Muslims are Coming’ will soon be shown on NYC's subway

A sample of the ads
A sample of the ads Credit:

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Large posters declaring 'Beware the Muslims are Coming' are to be displayed on New York's subway.

On closer inspection, however, the seemingly Islamophobic messages are actually part of a campaign to challenge people's negative opinions about Muslim people.

The slogans are the brainchild of a troupe of Muslim comedians, called Vaguely Qualified Productions, who sued subway operators when they initially refused to erect the posters.

The refusal was due to the content contravened subway rules on advertising which prohibit ads regarding 'moral, religious or social issues'.

Yesterday a New York judge ruled that the adverts did not in fact violate advertising standards.

"They are not predominantly political, unless we have reached the unhappy moment in this country where the mere mention of one of the three Abrahamic faiths is “prominently or predominantly political” simply because that faith is Islam," Judge Colleen McMahon said.

She described the ads as probing religious intolerance with 'gentle humour'.

A spokesperson for the Vaguely Qualified Professionals said : "This has been a victory of reason and freedom of speech over ridiculousness.

"Subway posters just got way more hilarious and 100% more Muslim."

The comedians said they were thrilled that the judge recognised that their Muslim background was not a political issue.

They vowed to continue using their religious experiences as material for their shows.

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