Bill Murray is speaking out about his perception of the anti-Muslim race-war going on in America right now.
Murray gave an interview to an Egyptian film crew while promoting his movie, “Rock the Kasbah,” the story of a music promoter stuck in Kabul, Afghanistan amidst the fight against terrorism.
Murray told The Daily Beast this about America’s attitude towards Muslims:
“I think normal people hate all this fighting. People think we made this movie to brush up the American image. It might or might not need brushing up, but that image is very different from what it was when I was a child. Now there is brand confusion with Afghanistan and Iraq. I think many Americans do not know what is going on, but the fact that we are now seen as bullies and not do-gooders is of concern.”
Murray is right. Many Americans no longer boast with pride in being a citizen of this country; I myself included.
We’ve become silly and weak; terrified by pretty much everything.
Americans are afraid to leave their homes because the GOP has convinced them that ISIS has infiltrated the United States and is coming for their children.
“It is not difficult to be proud to be American. Do I have self-respect as an American? Yes. Do I respect everything I do? No. Do I respect my country? Yes, I do. Do I respect my people? I do. Do I respect everything my country does? No. Not every country is perfect. We are an economic engine. There are people with money that just want to make more money. You have got them here. You have them there. The pursuit of money is complicated.”
While he still has much more respect for Americans than I do at this point, the disappointment resonates as he discusses the massive change in America since his childhood:
“There is a phobia about what Muslims are like. I have known about two-dozen. I went to school in Paris with Muslims. Most were from Iran. I found them much to be like friends back home. I was raised as a Catholic. It was always Catholics against Jews. I’m in Hollywood. There are lots of nutty Jews and lots of nutty Catholics. Muslims are just as goofy, too. It is what makes the garden beautiful: Not every flower is the same.”
One thing is certain, while Muslims are the new target of America’s intolerance, they are surely not the first.