Among the “2016 Renegades” profiled in the October issue of Playboy magazine is Noor Tagouri, a 22-year-old D.C. based-reporter for Newsy. The accompanying photos of her wearing a hijab did not sit well with some of her fellow Muslims.
When Tagouri shared her seeming good PR fortune last week, it sparked social media outrage. Very wisely, the reporter subsequently tweeted that she would eventually respond, but only after “everyone gets the hate out of their systems and calms down for a second.” We’re not quite there, yet, but McClatchy’s Hannah Allam in the meantime today shares a solid summary and view of the bigger picture:
“There was the backlash, then the backlash against the backlash, then the [I’m not kidding] backlash against the backlash against the backlash,” Shadi Hamid, a Brookings Institution fellow who specializes in Islam, summarized the episode on Facebook on Monday. Hamid added that the mini-tempest had made his social media feeds “unreadable.” …
The wider exposure is forcing a discussion of Islamic ethics in public appearances and whether there’s an issue of too much of a good thing. What about the scarf-wearing marathoner who’s on the cover of the October issue of Women’s Running magazine? What about the heavy-metal guitarist who wears a full facial veil? What about Muslim comedians performing stand-up? In each of these recent cases, Muslims went back and forth over the boundaries – if any – of acceptable cultural expression.
In the Playboy Q&A with Anna del Gaizo, Tagouri could easily have been talking about this latest episode of “Tweetrage.” Asked generally about professional backlash, the West Virginia resident replied: “I don’t read or pay attention to any of it. It’s just negative energy and unhealthy.”
Follow Tagouri on Twitter here to be alerted as to when she finally does re-chime in.
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