Comedian Billy Crystal‘s moving tribute to Robin Williams at Monday’s Emmy Awards touched millions, but some who swear by politically correctness said the testimonial was racist because it included a clip of Williams doing a impromptu portrayal of a woman from Iran.
“It is very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives,” Crystal said Monday. “For almost 40 years he was the brightest star in the comedy galaxy.”
A montage of various Williams’ performances followed Crystal’s message, which including a stand up bit where the late comedian grabbed a scarf from a woman in the audience and portrayed different characters with it.
“I would like to welcome you to Iran… Help me!” Williams joked at one point as he covered his head, much like a Hijab.
And that’s all it took for some to jump on Twitter and disparage the segment as being racist, according to The Independent.
The person putting together the Robin Williams segment for the Emmys decided to use his racist material.
— Hannah Story (@hannahmstory) August 26, 2014
I’m still so shocked that the #Emmys would include such a racist bit in Robin Williams tribute. Out of all his great work, really?
— Ava (@haltiamava) August 26, 2014
Like, now I just think Robin Williams was kind of racist? Thanks Emmys. — J. Escobedo Shepherd (@jawnita) August 26, 2014
Whether it was admirers of Williams or just folks who’ve had enough of political correctness, a bevy of Twitter users jumped into action, to include pointing out that Islam is not a race:
@hannahmstory Enough of this political correctness bullshit! — Libertytribune (@Libertytribune1) August 27, 2014
@hannahmstory Islam is not a race.
— Thomas Amadio (@Tamadio61) August 27, 2014
@hannahmstory Everything is game in comedy, princess. Get over yourself and quit cheapening the word ‘racism’ by over-using it.
— Jimmy Simpson (@informedblackmn) August 27, 2014
@jawnita how is criticism of a religious item of clothing racist. Do you even know what racism means?
— Salsassin Esq 🙂 (@Salsassin) August 26, 2014