Donald Trump's Anti-Muslim Plans Would Send These Stars Packing - Or Have Them Lining Up to 'Register'
The GOP presidential candidate called for a "complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the U.S.
In a statement released on Monday, Donald Trump argued for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.
“Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life,” he continued.
The comments come a number of weeks after the presidential candidate told NBC News he would “certainly implement” a system that required Muslims to be registered in a government database.
Such a ban would affect people at all levels of society, including many celebrities and prominent public figures. Not only would non-American Muslims be barred from entering the country – but Trump only belatedly added an exception for U.S. citizens who are Muslims and traveling internationally. As he told ABC News: “If a person is a Muslim, goes overseas and comes back, they can come back. They’re a citizen. That’s different. But we have to figure things out.”
And all Muslim Americans would be subjected to monitoring under the “database” Trump proposes.
Here are some of the stars who would be directly affected by anti-Muslim measures:
The 18-year-old Nobel Prize winner was herself a victim of the Taliban, who shot her when she was just 11.
The former One Directioner told the U.K.’s Mirror, “I believe that your religion should be between you and whoever your belief is in. I don’t think you should stick it in peoples faces.”
The singer formerly known as Cat Stevens converted to Islam in 1977. In the early ’00s, he was placed on the do not fly list and detained following a flight from London to the U.S.
Gigi and Bella’s father is a Palestinian and is Muslim.
The Lebanese-British human rights lawyer’s mother Bariaa Alamuddin is a Sunni Muslim, while her father is Druze.
“I’ve struggled a lot with my Muslim identity,” the talk show host told PBS.
Although he doesn’t make a habit of discussing his religion publicly, Shaq has stated he plans to make the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.
The Daily Show correspondent can also be seen in his web series “Halal in the Family,” which addresses Muslim stereotypes.
Born Cassius Clay, the legendary boxer changed his name when he converted in the 1960s.
The CNN host is an Indian-born Muslim.
“My fellow Muslims, non-Muslims, Christians whomever, at the end of the day we’re human, we have faults, we make mistakes,” Fiasco said on the Yahoo Web series “World 3.0.”
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She was born Catholic, but the actress turned to Sufism later in life and spent time studying with Islamic mystics in the Alps.
“I don’t normally talk about my religion publicly because I don’t want people to associate me and my flaws with this beautiful thing. And I believe it is a beautiful religion if you learn it the right way. It’s a lifelong effort,” Chappelle told TIME.
“I was never a practicing Muslim,” the Somalia-born supermodel told Parade. “But I do consider myself a Muslim.”
In an interview with Hollywood.TV, the rapper said that Islam “grounds me.”