Updated 11:00 PM EST, Sun, Nov 29, 2020

'Arrow' Season 4 Trailer, Spoilers & Cast News: Stephen Amell Blasted for Ahmed Mohamed Comment

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There are only a few weeks left until the premiere of "Arrow" but it looks like actor Stephen Amell already has another round of fighting, at least on the internet.

The backlash started when he made a comment about a 14-year-old boy, Ahmed Mohamed, who was arrested in his school for bringing a self-made alarm clock that his teacher mistook as a bomb. In his original statement, Amell made a comment equating the treatment of Ahmed to stereotyping of Texas.

"Stereotyping Texas isn't any better than stereotyping Ahmed. Just so we're clear," the actor tweeted.

This did not sit well with Twitterverse and a series of backlash against the "Arrow" actor took a life of its own on the microblogging site, the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed trending.

To apologize for his words, Amell posted a video on Facebook, saying that he "didn't mean to offend anyone." He went on, "Wasn't trying to equate things that are very, very different. Was simply trying to say that two wrongs don't make a right."

Amell then decided, "The best thing to do in these scenarios is just go away for a little bit. So be well. I'll be back. And that's it."

Afterward, he removed his profile pictures on his Twitter and Facebook accounts and lay low.

Variety mentioned that after his initial tweet, Amell did try to explain himself in a series of tweets, including, "What happened to Ahmed was terrible. Obviously."

"I happened to read a series of tweets pronouncing that this is a systemic problem in Texas, which is also profiling. It's profiling in a much less hurtful / destructive way... but it is profiling. Anywho, I'm not apologizing or deleting the tweets. If you're outraged at an opinion it's because you're bored," he said.

However, Amell's tweets sat with the public, the issue has always been deeper than that. A spokesperson for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Ibrahim hooper noted in a statement that Ahmed's case "would not have occurred if he did not have a Muslim name and have a heritage from the Muslim world."

Ahmed, a ninth-grader at MacArthur High School, was simply proud of a clock he made out of a circuit bored with wired leading up to a display and wanted to show it to his teachers. However, one teacher alerted the authorities when she mistook the clock for a bomb and Ahmed was put in handcuffs shortly after.

What do you think about this brand of stereotyping against people with Muslim heritage?

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