Aziz Ansari unleashed a Twitter rant against Rupert Murdoch after the News Corp billionaire made a comment about Muslims around the world being held responsible for the actions of extremists.
Murdoch tweeted the inflammatory comments on Friday, after a three-day period during which two gunmen attacked the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which has published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, and another gunman stormed a one of the city's kosher grocery stores. Twelve people died in the office shooting, and four in the market attack. A member of al Qaeda in Yemen said the group directed the assault on Charlie Hebdo; Murdoch's post claimed it is up to Muslims to "recognize and destroy" the "jihadist cancer."
Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) January 10, 2015
Big jihadist danger looming everywhere from Philippines to Africa to Europe to US.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) January 10, 2015
Political correctness makes for denial and hypocrisy.
On Sunday, Ansari took to Twitter to respond to Murdoch, asking what his parents could do.
.@rupertmurdoch Rups can we get a step by step guide? How can my 60 year old parents in NC help destroy terrorist groups? Plz advise.— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) January 12, 2015
.@rupertmudoch Are you responsible for the evil shit all Christians do or just the insane amount of evil you yourself contribute to?— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) January 12, 2015
He then began using the hashtag "RupertsFault" in tweets about incidents relating to the Christian community and how Murdoch could be held responsible.
To be clear, I am not religious and have nothing against Christians or Muslims, just ignorance like what @rupertmurdoch is spreading.— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) January 12, 2015
All Christian militia people and anyone they've hurt. #RupertsFault— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) January 12, 2015
Anytime a Christian person rear ended your car. #RupertsFault— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) January 12, 2015
.@RUPERTMURDOCH PLEASE TELL ME WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO STOP ANY AND ALL CRIMES COMMITTED BY PEOPLE OF YOUR RELIGION???!!!— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) January 12, 2015
.@rupertmurdoch, you're already a vaguely evil media conglomerate guy and THEN you're ALSO racist? FOR REAL?! You're an evil overachiever!— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) January 12, 2015
The "Parks and Recreation" actor also reference the phone-hacking scandal that rocked News Corp.
If only I could hack into @rupertmurdoch's voicemails and hear what his panicked PR ppl say after they read whatever racist shit he says.— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) January 12, 2015
Fucking up a nice Golden Globes by making me go into a Twitter rage #RupertsFault— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) January 12, 2015
Ansari is not the only celebrity to take aim at Murdoch over his comments. J.K Rowling tweeted at Murdoch, writing: "I was born Christian. If that makes Rupert Murdoch my responsibility, I'll auto-excommunicate." Additionally, Jon Stewart ripped the media mogul during Monday's episode of "The Daily Show," The Hollywood Reporter noted.
"Moderate Muslims, until you have completely wiped Islamic extremists from this earth, this shit's on you," Stewart said, adding that members of a particular group should be held responsible for illegal activities committed by other members of that group "except if the criminal acts are newspapers hacking dead people's phones and if the head of that newspaper company is [Murdoch himself]."
Immediately following the attack at Charlie Hebdo, Muslims around the world condemned the violence.