'RuPaul's Drag Race': Jeff Goldblum gets called 'Islamophobic piece of trash' for his comments to Jackie Cox
Goldblum took the desk along with Rachel Bloom as celebrity judges on the latest episode of the drag show and had some questions on Islam that clearly didn't sit well with masses
Everyone's favorite dino-doctor has shown a certain penchant for judging drag reality shows like a pro. But in the last few hours, Twitter went from "I would die for Jeff Goldblum" to dragging him through dirt for his "problematic" and "offensive" questions about Islam on the latest episode of 'RuPaul’s Drag Race'.
Known as the front faces of dinosaur revolutionaries thanks to his role of Ian Malcolm in the 'Jurassic Park' franchise, Goldblum took the desk along with Rachel Bloom, as celebrity judges on the latest episode of the drag show.
The 'Stars & Stripes' themed episode saw contestant Jackie Cox take the runway wearing a hijab with 50 silver stars. Taking her signature walk, she said: "You can be Middle Eastern, you can be Muslim, and you can still be American."
This is when Goldblum felt the need to ask Cox "Are you religious, may I ask?” And when Cox replied "I’m not. To be honest, this outfit really represents the importance that visibility for people of religious minorities need to have in this country."
Goldblum's follow up question was, "Is there something in this religion that is anti-homosexuality? And anti-woman? Does that complicate the issue? I’m just raising it and thinking out loud and maybe being stupid," as transcribed by Pride.
This is when host RuPaul chimed in, dropping his insights, claiming: "Drag has always shaken the tree, so to speak. There are so many different layers to this presentation. If it was ever going to be done, this is the stage to do it."
Maintaining composure, Cox answered: "It's a complex issue. I have my own misgivings about the way LGBT people are treated in the Middle East. And at the same time, I am one. What is so important to me that if you just happen to be different, then live that truth."
Cox elaborated on the entire situation, adding: "When the Muslim ban happened, it really destroyed a lot of my faith in this country. And really hurt my family. And that's so wrong to me. And I had to show America that you can be LGBT and from the Middle East and there’s going to be complicated s**t around that and that's okay. But I’m here and I deserve to be in America as much as anyone else."
The entire repertoire caught social media's attention immediately, and people slammed Goldblum for being so brazen about a topic as sensitive as this one. "Jeff Goldblum is a Woody Allen apologist and CERTAINLY does not have the range to discuss misogyny/homophobia in the Middle East," tweeted a user.
Another person just asked: "Jeff Goldblum and that islamophobic comment... dude what the f**k is going on rn????" Out of sheer confusion and curiosity, another user asked: "why tf did jeff Goldblum think that was an appropriate thing to bring up?"
Soon things got religious, with another critic slamming him, sharing: "Has Jeff Goldblum heard of Christianity’s beliefs or does he think Islam is the only one with history of homophobia and sexism?"
From "F**k you Jeff Goldblum for being an Islamophobic piece of trash" to fans slamming the whole show itself, things got pretty wild and crazy. "Drag Race demonizing Muslims…..ok. One queen wore a hijab on the runway and Jeff Goldblum said 'I'm confused though because Muslims hate gays and women' And RuPaul said 'yeah that’s a great point!'" shared a fan, noting the offensive content in all of it.
And even though reactions defending Goldblum and how "pure" he is stormed in, they were no match for people calling out Goldblum saying: "I'm not watching #DragRace but I'm seeing the backlash @ Jeff Goldblum’s Islamophobia. I wish the good queen @TheVixensworld was there. She would've gathered him."
And heavy support flowed in for Cox too, with a fan applauding that sheer bravery, tweeting: "Jeff Goldblum questioning whether @JackieCoxNYC should be representing Islam and Iran in her drag because of the religion's "homophobia and misogyny" is...something. Jackie is but the latest in a LONG line of proud LGBTQ+ and feminist Muslims. Mamnoon, Jackie Jan."