A recent appearance on RuPaul's Drag Race has landed the celebrated actor, Jeff Goldblum, into some seriously hot waters after he asked a controversial question about Islam.
Since airing, the episode has been quick to go viral, and fans have been left divided as to whether Jeff was being Islamaphobic, or whether he was simply asking a valid and innocent question.
Keep scrolling for the full story, and to decide on the matter for yourself...
So far, Jeff Goldblum has been one of the less problematic figures in Hollywood.
via: GettyBut hey, 2020 has been throwing all kinds of things our way, so why not put one of our most beloved actors in the center of an Islamaphobia scandal?
Because, before all of this, Jeff couldn't do anything wrong in the eyes of his adoring fans.
via: GettyThe actor has been intriguing audiences for decades now, with his famously peculiar speaking cadence and natural good looks quickly gaining him a loyal fanbase.
He has starred in a number of Hollywood blockbusters...
via: IMDBThe Fly, Independence Day, and Thor, just to name a few.
But most of us will know and love the actor from the 1993 classic, Jurassic Park.
via: IMDBWho can forget his portrayal of the intelligent Dr. Ian Malcolm in the Jurassic franchise?
Or simply this iconic photograph?
via: IMDBWhich you may know from one of the thousands of memes currently circulating the internet...
And, on top of his skills as an actor...
via: GettyJeff has also been loved for his down-to-earth character, which can be credited to his humble beginnings.
The actor has always remained proud of his roots...
via: GettyAnd has publicly discussed the odd jobs he used to work in order to make ends meet prior to his big break, such as selling pencils to prisoners in California.
He is also part of a jazz band.
via: GettyJeff is part of an ensemble jazz group, the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, that meets in various music venues across LA on a weekly basis. Here, the actor is known for mingling with the crowd and chatting to customers during these semi-regular gatherings.
After all that, I know what you're thinking...
via: GettyWhat's not to love about this guy?
Well, many fans' opinions on the actor have turned a little sour this week.
via: NetflixJeff appeared as a guest judge on RuPaul's Drag Race, where he commented on and critiqued contestants’ performances during a "Stars and Stripes"-themed runway challenge in the 9th episode. So far, so good, right?
Well, Jeff has come under fire for a certain question he poised to a contestant representing the Islam faith.
He began by asking:
via: Netflix"Are you religious, may I ask?" Jackie then replies: "I'm not and, to be honest, this outfit really represents the importance that visibility for people of religious minorities needs to have in this country."
But his second question brought with it a lot of controversy...
I really don’t need to see the islamophobic Jeff Goldblum clip on the second day of Ramadan so please stop sharing… https://t.co/4prT8n3PzI— Alex✨ (they) (@Alex✨ (they))1587826676.0
Shortly after the episode aired on Netflix, Twitter became a Jeff Goldblum minefield.
wait i just watched drag race and what the fuck was up with jeff goldblum being randomly islamaphobic out of nowhere that was awful???— ellie 🧸 (@ellie 🧸)1587845032.0
People are furious with his "racist" question.
Jeff Goldblum is in Islamaphobic, and everybody who tries to justify his actions is Islamaphobic as well. Millions… https://t.co/fXercvMI5c— bipolewhore (@bipolewhore)1587827923.0
The backlash has been relentless...
jeff goldblum is why we shouldn’t let straight men be drag race judges #DragRace— sara (@sara)1587777235.0
Now, I know what most of you are thinking...What exactly did Jeff ask that caused such an internet uproar?
Well, here it is.
via: NetflixJeff, whose tone remained light and passive the entire time, quizzed Jackie further. "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."
Ru quickly intervened following Jeff's eyebrow-raising question...
via: NetflixAnd, while nodding in agreement with him, she said, "No, no. I agree, I think that drag is always shaking the tree, so to speak, and there are so many different layers to this presentation, and if it were ever to be done, this is the stage to do it."
But, despite all the backlash, many have jumped to the actor's defense...
@GayMuslimMY Islam has such a wide spectrum and too bad Jeff Goldblum only knows the extreme side of Islam. We cann… https://t.co/v7paCsUP0F— Iz_cHIValrous (@Iz_cHIValrous)1587990811.0
Twitter has descended into a fierce debate.
Jeff goldblum is getting raked for *islamaphobic* comments on drag race by questioning if the religion is not anti… https://t.co/HErlSFrD7G— Nadine Coyles Passport (@Nadine Coyles Passport)1587837692.0
Other people have argued that the actor wasn't being Islamaphobic...
I don't agree that #JeffGoldblum is islamaphobic. He asked a question in a respecful way with the intention of lear… https://t.co/SFJWSTZKVA— Paula G (@Paula G)1587893858.0
There's nothing wrong with someone wanting to learn about another culture...
Wig, so #JeffGoldblum actually felt sad for Muslim gays and women but they crucify him for pointing out the big ass… https://t.co/wnMhBlxt25— ✨Terryrist✨ (@✨Terryrist✨)1587861981.0
We need to look at the actual definition of Islamophobia here...
Why are people giving Jeff Goldblum shit for very considerately asking about sexism and homophobia in Islam? It is… https://t.co/QJDXbpeGBR— Euan (@Euan)1587829732.0
Many have been defending the actor for simply trying to educate himself.
my favorite thing is jeff goldblum asking about the relationship between the LGBT community and Islam trying to edu… https://t.co/zYANvQ3oar— spring✨ (@spring✨)1587987194.0