Stephen Amell On #IStandWithAhmed: “Stereotyping Texas Isn’t Any Better”
Stephen Amell has joined the #IStandWithAhmed movement not with support, but a controversial statement about stereotyping.
As Gossip Cop reported, “#IStandWithAhmed” became the top Twitter trend on Wednesday when news of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed’s arrest went viral. The teen was taken into custody at his Irving, Texas high school on Monday after his English teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb. Mohamed, a lover of engineering and robotics projects, really did just build a clock, but it seems his Muslim background raised suspicions.
Authorities initially said they were considering charging Mohamed with building a “hoax bomb,” before announcing Wednesday that he would not face any charges at all. The 9th grader’s plight has led thousands of people to express their solidarity with him on social media, with everyone from Sophia Bush and Russell Simmons to President Obama and Hillary Clinton offering their support.
Some Twitter comments have highlighted some perceived racial issues in Texas, which is apparently what led Amell to tweet, “Stereotyping Texas isn’t any better than stereotyping Ahmed. Just so we’re clear.” The “Arrow” star was roundly criticized for his “two wrongs don’t make a right” approach, which many interpreted as minimizing the original issue.
Amell, however, was not backing down, and attempted to defend his perspective in a series of tweets. The actor first began by saying, “I can’t believe I broke my rule and tweeted about an actual event. Staggering to remember that debates in 140 characters don’t work.” He then stated, “What happened to Ahmed was terrible. Obviously. I happened to read a series of tweets pronouncing that this is a systemic problem in Texas, which is also profiling. It’s profiling in a much less hurtful / destructive way… but it is profiling.”
“Anywho, I’m not apologizing or deleting the tweets. If you’re outraged at an opinion it’s because you’re bored,” continued Amell. “My wife is from Texas, I have extended family in Texas, and I’ve met thousands of Texans that are wonderful, polite individuals.” The CW star then noted, “This gave me an excellent opportunity to block several employees of a couple companies I don’t like. That’s exciting.”
In his eighth and final tweet in the series, Amell wrote, “8. Last thing: Ahmed’s White House visit will be an awesome, awesome moment.” When a follower expressed sympathy, Amell responded by explaining, “Made the mistake of reading my mentions. Apparently I’m a white man whose hankering to be oppressed.” But the new tweets only caused the criticism against to him grow stronger.
Then, nearly three hours after his initial comment, Amell offered an apology of sorts. “Didn’t mean to offend anyone. Truthfully. Was simply suggesting that two wrongs don’t make a right. I’ll go away for a bit now. SA,” he tweeted. TELL US: What do you think of Amell’s take on the situation, and the backlash he received?
UPDATE: On Wednesday night, Amell posted a 30-second apology video. Watch below.
Didn't mean to offend anyone. Truthfully. Was simply suggesting that two wrongs don't make a right. I'll go away for a bit now. SA
Posted by Stephen Amell on Wednesday, September 16, 2015