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Discussion in 'Shah Rukh Khan Dhamaal' started by sheruka, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. Bridget

    Bridget Well-Known Member

    For those that are interested there is a long, very detailed article online now that starts and ends with talking about the incident with Shahrukh but has many serious comments and facts about racial profiling in the United States. This whole incident has raised the consciousness of many people on some serious subjects that have not been addressed much really in publications previously. As it is so long I will just post a link to it in case anyone wants to read it:

    “Your Name is Common”: Racial Profiling in the US

  2. Ladyinred

    Ladyinred Well-Known Member

    Thank you, Bridget, for this link, I've started to read and I think, it's very interesting article.

    Thank you so much. :)
  3. bonita

    bonita Shahrukh-My LOVE

    everyone is saying that is nearly an hour but in the press conference Shahrukh give, he said that he reach the airport at 12:20 and left like 3pm so thats more than 2 hours.

    anyways, the articles/blogs keep coming. :)

    thanks for all the posts Bridget
  4. souad1

    souad1 New Member

    my god the kind of comments posted on youtube, they are sick i was fighting with someone there over this, and he said that he was detained for a reason,it's because he has links with underworld people, i was like what?what did that come from?are they actually believing that?he was like if he is not know in the US he is nobody, and his movies should be banned, my god!!!i am tired of these poeple i think i willl just stop reading these stupid comments, that moron pissed me off!
  5. Insiyah510

    Insiyah510 I love @iamsrk

    Shahrukh Khan will not visit US with family!

    Shah Rukh Khan continued to play hot and cold over his questioning at Newark airport on Independence day, August 15, saying he understands it but promises to retaliate.
    Speaking to the press on Tuesday, August 18, the Bollywood superstar, used to VIP treatment at domestic airports, said the incident had been "blown out of proportion."
    "Let's put this behind us, think positively and move ahead," he told fans who have been protesting across the country, even burning US flags.
    However, at the press conference today, the 43-year-old Muslim star continued to attribute the prolonged questioning at the airport to racial profiling, while US authorities says such questioning, which lasted barely over an hour, is routine when a passenger comes in without his luggage. (The airline had lost Shah Rukh's luggage.)
    Shah Rukh alleges he was asked some bizarre and irrelevant questions after being taken aside.
    "There are some routine security measures--they check your finger prints and scan your retina. But the routine security process was not followed. Instead, the authorities asked me bizarre and irrelevant questions. I am not trying to make a point here, but why were security measures not followed?" he told CNN-IBN.
    He says he will restrict future travel to the US.
    "Of course I will visit the U.S. if I have to go for my work. But I will go less often. If I have three things to do, I will club them together and go just once," he said. "And certainly, I wouldn't like to travel with my family to the U.S."
    News Copyright © Sawf News.
  6. Insiyah510

    Insiyah510 I love @iamsrk

    View from America: Want to come to America?
    By Anjum Niaz
    Sunday, 23 Aug, 2009 | 02:56 AM PST


    Of course! Even if you’re a heart-throbber, a show-stopper, a lady-killer, still if your last name is Khan, sorry wrong number. Detention and grilling awaits your arrival at airports in America.

    The ‘Gestapo’ brigade hired to scrutinise all the brown sahibs stepping foot on their soil are armed with lists of names like Khan, Hassan, Ali, Mohammad, Hussain etc, etc. These names send red flags raging. 'Step aside, please,' orders an unsmiling immigration officer sitting at the window before a computer. He looks at your passport, reads the name, looks up at your face and without another word tells you to go inside the corridor, turn left and wait for 'secondary questioning.'

    Picture this: Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan flies in from Mumbai and lands at Newark airport in New Jersey.
    He expects red carpet treatment in America. Arriving on a special invitation to lead the Indian Independence Day celebrations in Chicago, the Indian actor is ready to board the flight for Chicago once immigration is cleared. Thoroughly pampered and mollycoddled by the Air India cabin staff, including the captain flying him, the air-stewardess and the passengers all consider him God’s gift on earth.

    Khan is used to such crazy adulation wherever he goes in India and abroad. But America is a world unto its own. It’s a strange animal. While it gives an Oscar to a Bollywood inspired movie called Slumdog Millionaire, the minimum-wage-earners getting paid $8 an hour at Newark airport are not expected to know Bollywood’s greatest. To them, all Khans must be hauled into the backroom for “secondary questioning” the term euphemistically used by the US immigration.

    With his sexy looks and boyish swagger the last thing on Shahrukh’s mind is to find himself in a roomful of nervous-looking fellow passengers with Muslim names. He’s horrified! He’s mad! Imagine the great Khan sharing a bench with ordinary fellas whose only sin is to be Muslims and to be between 20 to 50 years age group. Wait, there’s more drama… the law-enforcing agents take him aside and begin to ‘frisk’ him — the 'act of searching someone for concealed weapons or illegal drugs.'

    Maybe the jetlagged, unshaven, tousled-haired, droopy-eyed actor is suspected by the eagle-eyed officers to be on dope. Shahrukh’s cell phone has been taken from him. When his name is announced, he goes before a dour-looking officer. Believe it or not, but Shahrukh Khan is grilled for full two hours until help is on its way. He’s allowed to make one phone call. He dials the Indian consulate-general in New York. The guy on the other line jumps into action and places a phone call to the American ambassador in New Delhi.

    Even more bizarre is Timothy J. Roemer, the US ambassador in New Delhi’s statement. 'We’re trying to ascertain the facts of the case… to understand what took place,' he says, 'Shahrukh Khan, the actor and global icon is a very welcome guest in the United States. Many Americans love his films.' Oh yeah?

    To be fair to the US immigrations, after 9/11, it has stepped up its scrutiny of Muslim males coming into the US and is doing the right thing screening out would-be terrorists. The officers interrogating the men are polite and very businesslike. They are professionals merely doing their duty. Every law abiding American citizen — white, black or brown; Muslim, Christian, Hindu or Jew, has a duty to keep America safe and cooperate with the law enforcement officials as much as he/she can.

    Ven Konuru is an Indian American who is an IT specialist living in New Jersey. 'While it must have hurt Shahrukh Khan’s ego to be detained, frisked and grilled for two hours, I will not condemn the immigration officers for this act. They were merely doing their duty as expected of them by us. Let’s flip the argument: had 9/11 happened in India or Pakistan and the 19 hijackers were white Americans, what do you expect the reception Americans entering our shores would receive? Would the Pakistani or Indian immigration authorities behave the same way the immigration officers did at Newark airport with Shahrukh Khan?'

    I have no answer. Ven is probably right. While he thinks 'nobody is above the law (Shahrukh Khan included)', but if he was in the running for a job with another white guy, the white guy would get it: 'all things being equal, the white guy would probably be hired.' While he’s loath to say anything negative about his adopted country, Ven does reluctantly venture out: 'America is at the beginning of a sunset. It has an aging population with shrinking numbers. The people eventually driving it will be Indians, Pakistanis (if allowed that is) and Chinese immigrants. They will be young and not shy from taking risks. The baby-boomers (aging Americans) are on the wane. Still I think America is the greatest country in the world.”

    Soon it’s time to say goodbye to Ven. As I come out of the hotel where we have had dinner, two ‘baby-boomers’ waddle out of another room where they have spent the last few hours 'dancing with singles.' Why don’t you get married, I ask, instead of hanging around singles bars? 'Are you kidding?' they shoot back at me. 'We don’t want kids!'

    Ven’s prophesy may well come true: the end of the white empire. Here’s free immigration advice for Pakistanis: want to migrate to the US? Okay, but get ready to be grilled at the airport!
  7. Pompula

    Pompula Shahrukh Fan-Girl

    People please, when you post articles here, remember to ALWAYS include the link to the original article!
  8. Insiyah510

    Insiyah510 I love @iamsrk

    I'll just do that!
  9. Insiyah510

    Insiyah510 I love @iamsrk

  10. mumbiene

    mumbiene Well-Known Member

    Some safe question

    Karan Thapar
    August 23, 2009
    First Published: 00:20 IST(23/8/2009)
    Last Updated: 00:24 IST(23/8/2009)

    I’m afraid we in India have a terrible tendency to over-react and, sadly, our press — television, admittedly, more than print — panders to our folly. It blows it up and makes it worse. Nothing illustrates this better than the trifling incident involving Shah Rukh Khan at Newark airport and our monstrously exaggerated response. I have ten points to make.

    First, being stopped and secondary-check is not unusual. It happens in many countries, to many people and several times a day. Without a doubt it happens in India too — and, perhaps, to people who carry Indian passports.

    Second, just because you’re important is no reason for special treatment. When it comes to security, stars — or politicians and ex-presidents — are as much of a potential risk as you and I.

    Third, it’s not necessarily racist for an American immigration officer to have said — if he did (his boss denies it) — that Shah Rukh was taken aside for additional questioning because his name “is common”. Senator Kennedy, who’s a far bigger name in America, has been repeatedly “stopped” because his name was put on an airline watch list after a terrorist used it as an alias. The difference: Kennedy was able to see the funny side of it.

    Fourth, to be taken to a separate room for additional questioning is not “detention” and it’s not “humiliating”, even if it feels like that. But it would be embarrassing to be questioned with all other passengers watching and it would needlessly hold them up.

    Fifth, on the very day Shah Rukh Khan was questioned so too was Bob Dylan. The police thought he was loitering on a side street in New Jersey and took him in. Dylan, of course, is more famous in America than Shah Rukh. And he’s American. But did he complain?

    Sixth, Shah Rukh Khan has friends in high places who immediately intervened. If you and I were similarly held up who could we call? And would they help? Yet, if the Indian Consul General can bestir himself to come to Khan’s assistance then why not to yours and mine?

    Seventh, how often do government ministers become apoplectic because an ordinary Indian is stopped and questioned, or frisked, at an airport? Yet isn’t this an aam admi government? And shouldn’t you and I be their first priority rather than Khan and Kalam?

    Eighth, if in all this you sense double standards and hypocrisy I’d say you’re spot on. The sad, but inescapable, truth is that we talk about wiping the tears from every Indian’s eye but act only to help the high and mighty. Ours is a great country for the rich, well-connected and important, but it’s one of the worst if you’re poor, unknown and unimportant.

    Ninth, the press needs to ask how it can rail against exemption from security checking at airports for Robert Vadra — and a host of others — but froth at the mouth if Shah Rukh or Kalam are asked a few extra questions or frisked?

    Tenth — another question for the press — was this really the most important story of the day? At a time of drought, swine flu and feuding in the BJP, should our papers and news channels have devoted pages of print or hours of broadcast time to this? And that too in such a one-sided way?

    Shah Rukh now says he won’t rush to visit America again. Fine. That’s his choice. But is he punishing America or penalising himself?
  11. shublee

    shublee ~ShahRukhaholic

    i cant believe the media just refuse to drop it :tsk:
  12. sheruka

    sheruka SRK forever

    omg, silly idiots are still on this?
  13. Bridget

    Bridget Well-Known Member

    Bollywood drama in America over Muslim name

    Immensely popular Bollywood actor detained at US airport for possessing Muslim name.

    By Wajahat Ali - FREMONT, California
    Wajahat Ali is an attorney and a playwright whose work, The Domestic Crusaders, was the first major play about Muslim Americans living in post-9/11 America.

    Shah Rukh Khan, the immensely popular Bollywood actor and one of the most recognizable names on earth, was subtly reminded, despite being the United States’ “very welcome guest,” that he nonetheless possesses a suspicious Muslim name which allows his detention and “routine inspection” at a New Jersey airport

    After initially complaining of his “anger” and “humiliation” over the 70-minute detention, Shah Rukh Khan downplayed the incident by labeling his “routine security measure” an “unfortunate procedure.” Similarly, Timony Roemer, the US ambassador to India, went into P.R. damage control by assuring Khan’s billions of fans that "Many Americans love his films."

    However, Roemer should also disclose that the United States also displays a healthy dose of racial profiling and an exaggerated security screening procedure for its darker and more “ethnic” citizens with “Muslim” last names.

    US officials repeatedly deny these examinations are based on race or religion despite the overwhelming statistics proving otherwise. Kevin Corsaro, a spokesman for the Customs and Border Protection division of the Department of Homeland Security, stated they wanted to verify Khan’s identity and purpose of travel.

    Instead of ensuring safety, the heightened post 9-11 TSA measures border on inefficiency, ignorance and a violation of civil liberties. Simply using Google would have resulted in 5 million links for Khan. It would have also revealed Khan was in the US to film his new movie, “My Name is Khan,” which is ironically about a Muslim man with Asperger’s falsely detained after 9-11 due to his “suspicious behavior.”

    In a federal inspection of the TSA, agents were able to slip 5 out of 7 fake bombs in luggage past security. Thankfully, TSA was able to spot and confiscate a dangerous water bottle, but not the fake bomb, which was conveniently in the same luggage. It should comfort many Americans that these heightened security measures protect us from a singing and dancing South Asian celebrity prone to melodramatic acting and plastic bottles of H20 instead of potentially fatal weapons.

    Also, one can only imagine the American reaction if Brad Pitt was subjected to a “routine inspection” in India to ascertain his intentions and identity. However, the comparison is hardly apt considering Khan’s star power in India is likened to the combination of Pitt, Tom Hanks and Will Smith multiplied tenfold by ten Oprahs reading a book by Deepak Chopra.

    In an era where Obama proactively covets the cooperation of the globalized world and seeks to repair the US image, the detention of Khan highlights underlying frictions regarding racially motivated profiling and detentions. The tourism minister of India, Ambika Sonia, reacted harshly suggesting Khan’s treatment “hurt every Indian” and that “there have been too many instances like these in the US concerning Indians." Most recently, former Indian president Abdul Kalam was subjected to a humiliating frisk in New Delhi by the ground staff of American airline Continental Airlines.

    Thankfully for Khan he was released after placing a call to the Indian Consulate; however, most have not been that lucky.

    Irtiza Hasan, a Muslim American, stated Khan’s treatment was not rare and suggested, “This is something we as American Muslims continue to deal with and work with.”

    Romola Sanyal, an Indian American, criticized Khan’s elite status that affords him preferential treatment excluding him from the harsher interrogation and humiliation that is routinely meted on South Asians and Muslims. Her friend was detained for nearly 2 hours after her official visit to Pakistan, which was planned and coordinated by her employer, the World Bank.

    Even internationally renowned singer and peace activist, Yusuf Islam [born Cat Stevens], had his D.C. flight diverted “on national security grounds” to Maine in 2004 after he appeared on the TSA’s “watch list.” Instead of initiating the subsequent international ruckus, perhaps TSA members should have simply watched Yusuf’s “Behind the Scenes” VH1 special instead.

    Furthermore, we should not forget Atif Irfan, a Muslim American and a tax lawyer, who was removed from an Air Train flight on New Year's Day, along with eight family members and a friend, despite being cleared by the FBI. Apparently, paranoid passengers misunderstood the family’s benign conversation regarding the safest place to sit onboard as suspicious behavior characteristic of potential terrorists. Irfan later told me his wife simply did not want to sit next to the foul smelling lavatories.

    Pakistan American, Shazia Kamal, was more hopeful suggesting incidents like Khan’s detention can “serve as a mirror for the things that are happening to American Muslims in the domestic sphere.” Thankfully, excellent and skilled non-profit organizations like the Bay Area’s Muslim Advocates offer free information and video tutorials educating all Americans –regardless of faith or race - about their 4th amendment rights and the limits of TSA questioning.

    In an optimistic turn towards judicial sanity, federal Judge Ann Montgomery recently ruled the infamous “flying imams” could proceed with their lawsuit against law enforcement officials who wrongly arrested the religious leaders and escorted them off their US Airways flight. In 2006, the six imams, all of Middle Eastern descent, were accused of suspicious behavior by a couple due to their Arabic and one imam’s request for a longer seatbelt on account of his obesity.

    If indeed Americans love Shah Rukh Khan movies, perhaps they’ll enjoy “My Name is Khan” and learn that not every Arabic name or brown skin should raise the color-coded Terror alert.

  14. bonita

    bonita Shahrukh-My LOVE

    ...and the articles keep coming. THE people can't get enough out of this. They are the one that is making a big deal out of this no matter if the articles they write IS FOR or AGAINST what happen to Shahrukh at the airport.:tsk:
  15. mumbiene

    mumbiene Well-Known Member

    Not without my entourage

    Not without my entourage

    Is it insecurity, loneliness, or just love for company that drives Bollywood stars to ensure that they never travel alone? Meena Iyer analyses the phenomenon

    Posted On Monday, August 24, 2009 at 03:02:04 A

    When Shah Rukh Khan was put through secondary interrogation at the Newark airport recently, one thing that appeared odd was the fact that he was travelling without an entourage. On this occasion, SRK was travelling by himself except for his assistant Subhash Jain. His bodyguard Yasin Khan was denied a visa.
  16. bonita

    bonita Shahrukh-My LOVE

    Re: Not without my entourage

  17. Ella

    Ella Haan farishtey hote hain ♥

    AW: Not without my entourage

  18. donshema

    donshema SRK is my Family

    Re: Not without my entourage

    oh come on, they are actors not kids, they must move alone somethimes.
  19. bluey[Ru]

    bluey[Ru] Guest

    Re: Not without my entourage

    they are now talking about .... :confused:, what exactly? :confused2:
  20. sonataca

    sonataca SRK's Mommy

    God, I'm so tired of this...it's just old news now and yet the Media still writes up articles...

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