More liberal Emmy freak-out; Billy Crystal’s tribute to Robin Williams bashed as racist

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.”

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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.

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:


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