In the video she posted on Instagram, Hilarious is first seen mocking the men in turbans who appear to be in the same flight as her. She goes on to imply that she was uncomfortable by their presence.
Jess Hilarious refuses to fly because four sikh men are on her flight, as it is seen resulting in their removal from the plane pic.twitter.com/InuVskEwNE— United States Trends (@Trends4USA) March 17, 2019
Following this incident, she received some serious flak for racist remarks. The comedian then hit back saying:
Fuck y'all, I feel how I feel. I felt threatened and that was it... I'm never racist, but I spotted something and I put it out earlier. And we just got evacuated from our plane.
In another video she posted after this, she claimed that she was back on the plane with other passengers but the 4 Sikh men had not re-boarded.
So how ironic is it that we boarded the same plane and don't see those people.
Following the conclusion of this entire chain of events, the comedian has beenrightly called out on Twitter for her racist comments.
Hi @jess_hilarious, becoming alarmed by a Sikh man in a turban on a plane & viewing him as a threat is being complicit w/ white supremacy. Do you know that the Sikh turban stands for fighting injustice & oppression? Our communities must stand together, not tear each other down. https://t.co/3sBPJp3uhc— Jo Kaur (@SikhFeminist) March 17, 2019
Who is this Jess Hilarious who got 4 Sikh men kicked off an airplane because she is afraid of Muslims? One day after 50 Muslims were slaughtered while praying? I mean...I know people aren’t embarrassed to be hateful in public anymore...but is nobody embarrassed to be stupid?— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) March 17, 2019
Xenophobia is really disgusting.— Mistress George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) March 17, 2019
The hate for Muslims is disgusting and Jess hilarious is trash and not worthy of a platform. https://t.co/qotZ9AwMLO
And I know the difference between Sikh and Muslim. Just wanted to point out that islamophobia and Muslim hatred makes— Mistress George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) March 17, 2019
Turban = Muslim = terrorist
Most aren’t gonna clarify and Sikh folk will be harmed by Islamophobia
My community, the Sikh community, has been under attack since 9/11. I am so proud that we have not responded by trying to differentiate ourselves from Muslims but by standing in solidarity with them. I am thankful to organizers who have helped us embrace this frame.— Aditi Juneja (@AditiJuneja3) March 17, 2019
Dam I’m disappointed is #JessHilarious you felt threatened by a man that was 3+ people in front of you minding his business just getting on the plane? Nah you racially profiled him and it wasn’t funny— Juice.Bihh 🥤 (@Ya_Fav_Flava) March 17, 2019
I think what makes me disgusted by this #JessHilarious issue is that she is justifying her actions like, see they didn’t let them back on the plane.— NeNe79 (@neisha_neald) March 17, 2019
That doesn’t mean they were guilty of anything. That means the airline used her ignorance to promote racism and dehumanize them. pic.twitter.com/GLr1XceDzV
As minorities we complain about the racism & discrimination we feel as a community and you just made another group of ppl experience that. You don’t deserve the platform you have if you continue to try to justify this ignorant act. It’s disappointing & disgusting. #jesshilarious https://t.co/ggT5YL6hb5— Sam (@samlondonnnn) March 18, 2019
Men with turbans have been regularly stereotyped and discriminated against, in the United States.
But seeing such racial discrimination from another person of colour who herself, is very likely to get racially profiled in the USA is deeply concerning.