Comedian and Daily Beast columnist Dean Obeidallah confidently claimed that “radical Islam” is nothing more than a “made-up idea.”
Obeidallah appeared on CNN Monday to discuss Saturday Night Live’s edgy sketch about people’s fear of drawing the Islamic “Prophet Muhammad” because of the violent reaction shown by some radical Muslims.
Obeidallah said he actually liked the SNL sketch, but argued the writers weren’t trying to “make fun of radical Islam” — again, a concept that he claimed is “made up.”
“There are radical Muslims, but the idea of radical Islam--” the comedian said before he was interrupted by CNN’s Carol Costello, who changed the subject.
Both Costello and Obeidallah agreed that Pamela Gellar, who hosted the recent Muhammad cartoon contest that came under attack in Garland, Texas, has the right to hold similar events and say whatever she wants about Islam. However, Costella said the SNL skit wasn’t done out of “hate,” so it made the message “more powerful.”
“They punch up in comedy,” Obeidallah agreed. “Punching down is demonizing minority groups. That’s what Pamela Gellar did.”
Watch the full segment for context via CNN below: