Bollywood Muslim Shah Rukh Khan Makes Big Stink Over U.S. Customs Search

Must  be a complete coincidence that he went to the U.S. to make a movie  about how bad poor widdle Moslems are treated by the big and bad U.S. border police:

Manufactured Outrage from the “don’t you know who I am” department:

Rhys Blakely in Mumbai/Times Online


Diplomatic row after Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan questioned by US customs

A case of life imitating art has left American diplomats scrambling to soothe relations with Bollywood’s leading film star after he was detained as he entered the United States because, he said, of his Muslim surname.

Shah Rukh Khan was held at Liberty international airport in Newark, New Jersey, on Saturday. He said that he was questioned for two hours by an official who apparently had no idea that he was grilling one of the world’s most famous men.

The actor, known as King Khan to hundreds of millions of fans across the sub-continent, told reporters: “I was really hassled at the American airport because my name is Khan. While all around people from India and Pakistan were vouching for me, these guys just wouldn’t let me through.”

Mr Khan’s eagerly awaited next film, My Name is Khan, is about an innocent Muslim’s experiences of being mistakenly identified as a terrorist in the United States in the wake of 9/11. The actor plays a man with Asperger’s syndrome, whose behaviour and ethnicity raise the suspicions of the US authorities. The fictional Khan then sets off on a trip to find President Obama and persuade him that he is not a terrorist. When I hear “innocent Muslim” I get the creeps…/ed

The suggestion that the real Mr Khan, who was named one of the world’s 50 most influential men by Newsweek magazine this year, fell victim to the same kind of racial profiling depicted in the film, has provoked outrage in India. Note that fellow Moslem agent provocateur Fareed Zakaria calls the shots at Newsweep… The US doesn’t do profiling on racial grounds, there are more races in the US than in India and Islam is not a race. Next….

Ambika Soni, the Information and Broadcasting Minister, said: “There have been too many instances like these in the US concerning Indians. There should be a tit-for-tat response.”

Bring it on, folks!


A headline in The Times of India said: “My name is Khan? Too bad. SRK feels the heat of American paranoia.”

Racial profiling involves the use of racial — or national or religious — characteristics to determine whether a person is likely to commit a crime. Its use on Americans is outlawed by the US Constitution, the 14th Amendment of which requires that all US citizens be treated equally under the law. However, whether it should be used to tackle terrorism has been hotly debated.

Mr Khan’s fellow Bollywood stars also rushed to condemn the US authorities, who have often been criticised in India for the allegedly insensitive treatment of Indian visitors.

Priyanka Chopra, one of Bollywood’s best-known actresses, said on Twitter, the online messaging service: “Shocking, disturbing and disgraceful.”

In Delhi, Timothy J. Roemer, the American Ambassador to India, said that the embassy was trying to “ascertain the facts of the case”. He added: “Shah Rukh Khan, the actor and global icon, is a welcome guest in the United States.”

US officials disputed Mr Khan’s account of the events.

They said that he had been questioned at the airport for a little over an hour as part of the standard process for screening foreign travellers. He was allowed to enter the US when Indian diplomats intervened

6 thoughts on “Bollywood Muslim Shah Rukh Khan Makes Big Stink Over U.S. Customs Search”

  1. When I hear “innocent Muslim” I get the creeps…/ed

    When I hear innocent muslim, I hear subversive…. It’s true, my mistrust of mohammedans is verging on obsessive. There are many different levels of islamism, and “innocent muslim” usually means the “friendly face” of islam, those who do not want to engage in violent jihad, but hate us nonetheless. This type are usually the infiltrators who engage in the taqiyya and subtle da’wa tactics… their rewards are usually that they get to convert a few infidel women and turn them into baby machines. They are everywhere, and their ideas spread like a cancer amongst everyone they meet…..

  2. this is an ill-informed, biased report of the situation. Shah Rukh’s main ojection was the process took so long. He is certainly not one of the “don’t you know who I am?” brigade, and asserts that he is nobody compared to the former Indian PM who was also interrogated. The objection came largely from his fans, colleagues and countrymen.

    The whole affair was handled very badly by one officious, ignorant immigration official.

  3. Mr Khan’s eagerly awaited next film, My Name is Khan, is about an innocent Muslim’s experiences of being mistakenly identified as a terrorist in the United States in the wake of 9/11.

    Of all the topics Khan could have chsen to do on 9/11, he had to choose the experiences of an “innocent” Muslim. Says it all. All Khan is interested is in showing Muslims as the victims.

    After 7/7, Muslims were shouting that they and not the real victims, were the real victims of 7/7. Muslims can not even respect the dead victims. They have to sieze the sympathy that should be for the victims, and use it to proclaim Islam. This is what Khan was doing. He could have done a film on the experiences of an Indian after 9/11, but n0, it had to be a Muslim, as they are the victims- always. It is this last that shows that Khan is a Muslim first and last.

  4. One of the consequences of the USA and the West refusing to accept that it is under attack by islam, preferring the fantasy that each salvo
    in the war is a separate unique crime, unconnected to the others.

    The West could learn a bit about fantasy role-play from the recent arrival on Winds of Jihad.

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