Stephen Amell Apologizes Again For Ahmed Mohamed Comments After Upset Fan’s Tearful Video — WATCH HERE
Stephen Amell has issued another apology for his Ahmed Mohamed comments after an upset fan posted a tearful video online. Watch below.
As Gossip Cop reported, Amell found himself in hot water on Thursday, hours after the story of 14-year-old Mohamed’s arrest went viral. The Texas 9th grader was taken into custody by police after one of his teachers wrongly mistook his homemade clock for a bomb. Many believed Mohamed, who is Muslim, was a victim of racial profiling, with some arguing that such stereotyping is common in the area.
In response, Amell tweeted, “Stereotyping Texas isn’t any better than stereotyping Ahmed. Just so we’re clear.” He was immediately hit with a backlash for equating the two and seemingly minimizing what happened to Mohamed. The “Arrow” star initially defended himself in a series of tweets, before later saying he “didn’t mean to offend,” and posting a 30-second apology video.
On Friday, however, a fan named Jennifer Watley shared an 11-minute video “open letter” to Amell in which she emotionally explained both why Mohamed’s arrest was so disturbing, and why the actor’s comments were further upsetting. Watley never expected Amell would actually see her video, but he did. And he also posted a lengthy comment in response that was both apologetic and defensive.
“Hey Jennifer Wattley – thanks for taking the time. I know that a lot of people wouldn’t put themselves out there in front of a large audience and produce something so raw,” began Amell. “I’m also appreciative because part of the reason this whole ordeal metastasized is anonymity. The other 99% was me commenting on a social issue / doubling down / saying I was going away and then doubling (tripling) down again because I felt mistreated by a few headlines. (Poor me… I know.) This led to me poking the bear… and here we are.”
The CW star continued, “Now… I’m could go point / counterpoint on your video. You saying I don’t care… that I don’t get it… that I was simply equating two things when I explicitly stated that was not my intention… I don’t want to do that. I want to apologize. For a couple of reasons. First, just because. Pride gets in the way sometimes. So let’s get rid of that. I’m sorry. If you were offended, found me trite or disingenuous, I’m sorry.”
Amell went on:
“Second, I made specific statements… but in a medium where people can’t hear my tone of voice, and the inability to be particular in tone made people that were in my corner (that’s a weird thing to type) feel disrespected. So I’m sorry. I have a very, very large audience, a high school education and no safety net or filter in front of me. I’m an actor. I’m not a Professor of sociology or an expert on the psychology of anyone who has to exist in any culture as a minority. I’m not an expert on religion or the history of particular regions. Quite simply I should have left things to smarter people. So again, I’m sorry.
Concurrently, this whole social (media) experiment is a two way street. I come forward with no filter and that has engendered me a lot of good faith. If that faith is jeopardized… Well, I’d regret that any of this happened even more than I already do. You be well, Jennifer. And if anyone feels like Jennifer, then please consider this abnormally long paragraph penance for a few lousy days in an otherwise fruitful relationship. I’m sorry. And everything being equal, I’d really like to move on.”
Watley seemed to appreciate Amell’s response, commenting, “Thanks Stephen. Seriously. Thank you.” See her video below, and tell us what you think of the situation.