Fear mongering is alive and well in 2015. Besides blazing fast connection speeds to help you watch cat videos, the internet provides a platform to continuously spew bile like a vomit GIF.
Now a new video shot in progressive ol' Minneapolis has conservative bloggers and their racist commenters fuming at their keyboards.
Right-wing filmmaker Ami Horowitz, host of Fox News-affiliated video series "Ami on the Street," recently dropped in on the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood to get his finger on the pulse of Muslim Americans. In the series, Horowitz hits the pavement asking passersby questions about current events. Past videos have queried "hipster doofuses" about tax policy and asked French Muslims leading questions about the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Think Jay Leno's "Jaywalking" with a Republican bent.
The Minneapolis video starts off innocuously enough, with Horowitz asking people what it's like to be Muslim in America. The consensus among those chosen for the final edit was that it ain't no thang.
"This is a free country. That's the beauty of it," says one particularly effusive man. "We love America. It's a great country. Freedom of speech, freedom of choice of your religion, so we don't have any issues."
Feel-good stuff, right? Then Horowitz, director of United Nations takedown documentary "U.N. Me," starts asking if they would prefer to live under Shariah law instead of American law, with those featured on camera answering "yes."
"Shariah law, it says if you steal something they cut off your hand," says a boy in the video who looks to be in his early teens. "So basically, they can leave their stores' doors open. Nobody's going to steal anything because the Shariah is so tight. Usually they don't do anything. The smallest things usually have big consequences."
Then came what felt like intentional gotcha questions, when Horowitz asked if they felt it should be illegal to depict the prophet Mohammed and if they understand why people would react violently. Not surprisingly, everyone selected in the final edit responded affirmatively.
"Every action has a consequence," says one man.
Naturally, online commenters with a tenuous grasp on the English language got all riled up. We won't rehash much of the "go back to yer country"-type rhetoric here. But the grammar is almost as wince-worthy as the casual racism, so scroll through at your own risk.
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