Conan O’Brien has deleted a tweet about the new Ms. Marvel superhero after critics claimed it was insensitive toward Muslims.
Earlier this week, Marvel announced that it will introduce a new character named Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old Muslim girl from New Jersey who transforms into Ms. Marvel after she’s suddenly bestowed with special powers.
On Friday, O’Brien tweeted, “Marvel Comics is introducing a new Muslim Female superhero. She has so many more special powers than her husband’s other wives.”
The joke drew a very mixed reaction — including an avalanche of comments slamming O’Brien for being insensitive, ignorant, “tasteless,” “Islamophobic” and even “racist.”
Many observers pointed out that Khan is an assimilated American teenager — not in a polygamous marriage — and that O’Brien should have learned about the character before joking with a questionable stereotype.
On Saturday, the tweet was deleted.