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Is it just me, or is this Conan's comic cartoon flap really just a bunch of crap. Don't know what I am talking about?

On Friday, late night comedian Conan O'Brien joked about Marvel Comic's new female Muslim superhero - Kamala Khan. Khan is jersey teenager, who is also Pakistani-American and Muslim.

The joke posted to his nine-million followers on his twitter account was: "Marvel Comics is introducing a new Muslim Female Superhero.  She has so many more special powers than her husband's other wives."

The twitterverse blew up citing Conan's comments as Islamophobic, racist, sexist and bigoted.  Maybe it is some of it was; maybe all of it was.  But the point is... so what! It was a joke.

In the U.S., as we should all know by now, very little is held sacred and off limits from comedian and pundits alike.  Comedian Conan obviously did not mean any harm.  After all, it wasn't like it was FOX news dishing out daily doses of anti-Muslim demagoguery.  And truth be told, it was probably not even Conan himself who wrote or even posted the lame two-liner.  Don't big-wig celebs like O'Brien have hired help to do their dumb stuff, like tweet?

Needless to say, some got their knickers in a twist, citing that Kalama is just 16, she would not be married and she probably wouldn't be in a polygamous marriage.  That, of course, would be the Saudi version of the super-heroine (just kidding!).  The argument here is that these are stereotypical views being perpetuated as common practice of all Muslim chicks.  Okay, I get that.  But seriously, it was just a joke. I can't imagine that the majority of people took it to be a slam against Islam and Muslims.  Sure, maybe not one of his better jokes, and, which by the way, the tweet has since been removed.

Let's face it folks, there is always some truth to jokes and stereotypes. The fact that Muslims are associated with low status of women is the real issue.  Fix that and then there are no jokes to have to fight off.  And don't forget, it was just a cartoon.  Lesson learned, move on.

By the way, who is on Leno tonight?





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