Dean Obeidallah on comedy and the mosque
September 29, 2010, 11:57 pm
Filed under: Opinion

Dean’s great. really. He’s a charming guy who tells jokes for a reason. If you recognize his voice or his face from the picture it could be because you saw him on the various news shows around cable. He’s been on Jim Lehrer, The View, blah blah blah. He makes a point of talking publicly and (as  we talk about in the interview) he has an easy time of it because there aren’t a lot of Arab-Americans trying to ease the tension that Dean finds so pronounced.

Dean seems disturbed by the fear, the misunderstanding, the unwillingness for people to try to understand each other and his approach to diffuse these hot feelings is through comedy rather than aggression.

Before 9/11, Dean didn’t even identify as an Arab, he’s gone through a realization and he found a mission. This is what we talk about on the show. Dean discovered he was more connected to his heritage than he thought he was and he is doing the best he can to convince the world to reconsider its fear.

Lucas Green


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