Actor Kumail Nanjiani Slammed For Tweet Saying McCain Has Not Defended People of Other Races


Comedian Kumail Nanjiani, best known for the award-winning film The Big Sick, was roundly criticized Sunday for a tweet suggesting that John McCain and his family have not spoken out against injustices to other races.

McCain — currently battling an aggressive brain cancer — has been in the limelight recently due to a couple of very distasteful comments made about him; one White House aide said his vote on whether to confirm potential CIA Director Gina Haspel didn’t matter because “he’s dying anyway,” and a military analyst said that torture “worked” on him, which is why he’s called “Songbird John.”

Nanjiani took the McCain-centric moment to say that the Republican hasn’t exactly been a social justice warrior:

And Twitter was quick to remind him that McCain’s been pretty damn vocal against injustice — including the famous moment he stood up to a bigoted voter in the 2008 election, which you can watch above — throughout his decades-long career in public service:

Even Meghan McCain called out Kumail for his tweet:

You mean like he did here? I could give you literally thousands of examples of my father speaking up against bigotry of all kinds but this video sums it up pretty concisely. You know nothing about my family or my father Kumail, nothing.

— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) May 14, 2018

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