NMR should be doing some kooky little touchdown dance after correctly declaring that the Muslim harassment video by TrueStoryASA was a fake. But instead, we understand the frustration with which this video was created.
Adam Saleh and Sheikh Akbar revealed that the video they posted on their YouTube channel, of an NYPD police officer harassing them in their traditional Muslim attire, was staged. The duo’s video has reached over 200,000 views and brought cries for justice after the police officer threw the two young men up against a wall and searched them just for being Muslim. The footage was even retweeted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations who according to RT.com is now outraged:
“Muslims are already under the microscope, and to do this just to gain some cheap publicity is totally unacceptable,” Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR’s national communications director, said to RT.com. “There should be no attempt to justify it; they should just apologize and ask people to forgive them for their irresponsible actions.”
The duo, who is not commenting at the moment, have since updated their video’s description to clarify that it was a “dramatic reenactment of past events.”
Unfortunately, this video has indeed cast shade on racial profiling instead of bringing progressive attention to it, which cheapens authentic video and/or future complaints. There is enough racial profiling going on in the world without people having to manufacture and exploit fake incidents. Be smarter than this, YouTubers.