SXSW apologizes after ordering U.S. Olympic fencer to remove hijab

by Scott Gleeson  |  published on March 14, 2016

Ibtihaj Muhammad, who is poised to be the first U.S. Olympian to wear a hijab, said she was told to remove her headscarf for a security photo at the South by Southwest festival on Saturday and then was given a credential with an incorrect name.

Muhammad, who wears the hijab for religious purposes and has become a prominent U.S. athlete with sponsors such as Visa and American Airlines, tweeted the incident in disdain as she was forced to remove it.

The incident does not look good for SXSW, which prides itself on being an annual cultural showpiece in Austin, Texas. SXSW said in a public statement: “It is not our policy that a hijab or any religious head covering be removed in order to pick up a SXSW badge. This was one volunteer who made an insensitive request and that person has been removed for the duration of the event. We are embarrassed by this and have apologized to Ibtihaj in person, and sincerely regret this incident.”

Muhammad, 30, is ranked No. 7 in the world and second in the U.S. in saber, according to the USA Fencing website.

  • Colon

    SXSW should know that in this Nation everyone that hopes to get an ID must remove any headgear worn. If we are required to remove our hat and caps, so she is to comply with this requirement, like it or not, it’s our norm. She can be the queen of the Muslim world, that doesn’t give her the right to violate our customs. No one has to apologize for complying with established norms. That employee that was removed from his position for doing his job, should bring a suit against SXSW for an unjustified firing. We must start demanding that these scum of the earth start following our long established customs, rights, and norms without questioning the same. Given the fact shown by their kind, they should be required to leave our country if they are incapable of following simple rules.

  • albany le

    This crap has gone way, way too far. Screw all this moulims, If they won’t live under our rules and laws they don’t need to be in America.. America is a CHRISTIAN NATION, and we honor other religions, but don’t bow down and kiss ass to anyone,. Go back wherever the hell you came frome

    • I Seigel

      Yeah, America is a CHRISTIAN NATION! It’s all over the US Constitution. Right there in black and white. Oh, uh, where was it again? I can’t seem to find it….

  • Simple_Man

    I saw this story represented a few times today, and I wondered why wouldn’t she be apologizing to SXSW? She is the one who is making the big and all the political trouble by insisting the rules do not apply to her.

    99% of the people involved in terrorism acts against defenseless people around the world are muslims. It just so happens that muslims like to cover their heads and faces, i.e., mask their identity. Of course we should have a problem with that! Can you imagine being in a muslim country and demanding they make exceptions for you and then apologize?

    • rockcut

      Grow up., Your post is utter nonsense.

    • Niko

      How stupid is that white moron rockcut?!!!!!!! Stay strong, say it as it is ,stay vigilant

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  • mary saunders

    They come to America because we are a free nation, But they demand we let them change our believes to theirs, If they want to get along here then they should do as Americans do. If not then they should all go back to their country & cover up their body’s & their faces.
    We never asked them to come here & try to take over , No wonder there is growing dis trust with the American people.
    They should all face up OR leave our USA. PERIOD !!

    • reggie

      They come to proselytize, not to integrate. They believe that the whole world will become a caliphate, and it’s their job to help it along. You will occasionally read where a father, with the ok of the mother, will kill their daughter for becoming westernized. My guess is that it happens a lot more than we know. The 10th Court of Appeals allows Sharia law. All of this insanity is because our gutless government allows it. Time to stop the PC and get real.

    • mic

      You are a bigot, ignorant and leftover of apartheid era and among a few who want to turn the clock back. Its not gonna happen my friend. Do you know what America stands for? Religious Freedom. So get over with your hate message please.

      • John Hicks

        Maybe you won’t spew your stupidity when her brother rapes you and then beats you because you weren’t good enough mouth.

    • I Seigel

      Mary, Mary, Mary. Such anger coming from such a moron.

      This muslim woman didn’t “come to America”. She was born in New Jersey, you idiot. And she didn’t “demand to change our believes” as you so ignorantly put it. She took off the scarf like she was requested. What problem do you have with either of these FACTS, you bigoted twat??!!

  • Niko

    That filthy rag on that muslime turds head proves that she is for sharia law and that is enough for me to call her a terrorist.

    • rockcut

      What utter ignorance you post. First, she is an American citizen. You comments reflect an anger of stupid ignorance.

      • Niko

        Why dont you get your head out of your ass and learn something about islam you jackboot moron filth.

        • rockcut

          You proved my point. You are nothing but a foul mouth ignorant name calling. God, the ignorance you show in every post.

          • Niko

            Foul mothed I am, but the fact remains that you are a white, liberal ,ignorant of your arrogance piece of shit. How did you get so old and be so stupid. Go to your stupid stinking filthy liberal websites. You will be the first that the muslimes will go going after!!!!!!. Appeasement to islam is the worst thing you can do. Let me teach you a fast lesson . Definition of sharia-the path. Definition of islam-to SUBMIT. So then you have a path to submission (aka) SLAVERY. That’s enough for now since I don’t want to overload your feeble ignorant brain. One more thing, F@# OFF AND DIE!!!!!!!

          • rockcut

            You sure are an ugly, angry, ignorant empty headed person and you prove it with each post. You can puff up your chest as an computer posting bully. I laugh at your threats. Grow up !!!!

          • I Seigel

            Definition of Bigot: oh look, there’s your picture in the dictionary.
            Definition of bloviating idiot: Wow, there’s your picture again!

          • Niko

            If your a man then you are a mangina, a moron with a twat. She did not take of that sharia compliant rag. You jack boot scumbucket. When things go bad in this country you will be one of the first ones to die. I speak the facts and truth. You speak with your fithy emotional twat. Sticks and stones or your stupid conatations does not change the fact that your an emotional liberal piece of filth. I hope these muslimes grab you up and cut your head off!!!!. Taqiyya,hijra,sunah ,sharia,islam ,you most likely dont evem know what these words are or mean or know the defenitions of them. Stick your ur head up your ass so you can see how filthy you actually are,go to hell scumbag and do America a favor go commit suicide. You will be much better off.

          • I Seigel


          • I Seigel

            She “tweeted the incident in disdain as she was forced to remove it.” It’s right there in the news story. You just have to READ IT. Oh, YOU must be the moron with the twat. Now I get it.

          • Niko

            Who gives a F#$ about that muslime filth and apologist like you. Both your bodies should be dangling from a lamp post. Heil Siegel you stupid filth, Hahaha.

          • I Seigel

            HAH!! You’re a joke! You’re probably some little machine where you put in a quarter and out spouts a bunch of crap. HAH HAH!!

  • Jim Lambert

    big deal

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