‘It’s an ugly thing to say’: Ben Affleck Hailed as People’s Champion, Blasted Bill Maher, Sam Harris for Saying Islamophobia is Not a Real Thing

American actor-filmmaker Ben Affleck once garnered extreme attention when he got involved in a heated debate with the author Sam Harris over the topic of religion and radicalism a few years ago. The 50-year-old actor totally blasted the host of the television show Real Time With Bill Maher for his ideology on the Muslim community.

Ben Affleck
Hollywood’s A-List actor Ben Affleck

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Ben Affleck Voiced His Opinion on US Talk Show Over Religion

philosopher and neuroscientist Sam Harris
Philosopher and Neuroscientist Sam Harris

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The 50-year-old actor back in 2014 was promoting his then-latest movie Gone Girl on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher where he was in a panel discussion on current affairs with fellow guest Sam Harris and Bill Maher. As the discussion went ahead, the host and fellow guest Harris started discussing the radical elements of the religion which made the actor furious and stated his opinion by blasting at both of them.

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The duo started discussing that something was not right with the Islamic culture, emphasizing its mistreatment of homosexuals and women which according to him was conducted by the Islamic State. The philosopher argued by stating, “Liberals have failed on the topic of theocracy, We can criticize Christians … but when you want to talk about the treatment of women, homosexuals, and free thinkers in the Muslim world, liberals have failed us. … We’ve been sold on this meme of Islamophobia.”

The actor interrupted him by stating, “Hold on — are you the person who officially understands the codified doctrine of Islam?” While the author was saying that he was “actually well-educated” on the topic, Affleck chimed in and stated, “I’m asking you, so you’re saying Islamophobia isn’t a real thing?”

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When the host asked the Batman actor why he is opposing that idea, to which he showed his dislike by stating “it’s gross, it’s racist, it’s disgusting.”  After his response, Harris further commented, “Islam at the moment is the mother lode of bad ideas” adding that one should be able to criticize bad ideas.

Ben Affleck’s Heated Debate Garnered Much Attention Back in 2014

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez

Affleck’s heated debate on the show gathered more than 3.5 million views on Youtube with viewers supporting both the 50-year-old star and the duo regarding their opinions. Check out the tweets below.

The actor is currently enjoying his love life with his wife Jennifer Lopez who tied the second knot in three-day wedding celebrations in Georgia. It started with the rehearsal dinner followed by the wedding ceremony and a barbecue picnic, with the presence of family and friends.

Source: ABC News

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Priya Sharma
Priya Sharma

Priya Sharma is an entertainment niche content writer at Animated Times. A Journalism and Mass Communication graduate from the University of Lucknow, she holds experience in event management too. She has a healthy(?) obsession with the Hallyu culture and is also exploring anime as well. When not working, she indulges herself in binge-watching K-dramas, playing Ukulele, and trying to seek the attention of her cute buddy, Shiro.

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