SXSW: Sorry We Asked US Fencer to Take Off Hijab

Ibtihaj Muhammad set to become first American to compete in hijab in Olympics
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2016 10:06 AM CDT
SXSW: Sorry We Asked US Fencer to Take Off Hijab
Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad poses for photos at the 2016 Team USA Media Summit Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

South By Southwest is quickly walking backward after a volunteer asked US fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad—the first American who will compete in the Olympics in a hijab—to remove her hijab to have an ID badge photo taken, reports NBC News. "I can't make this stuff up," the 30-year-old tweeted Saturday. SXSW then issued Muhammad an ID in the name of "Tamir Muhammad," she later tweeted. "It is not our policy that a hijab or any religious head covering be removed in order to pick up a SXSW badge," SXSW said in a statement. "This was one volunteer who made an insensitive request and that person has been removed for the duration of the event. We are embarrassed by this and have apologized to Ibtihaj in person, and sincerely regret this incident." (More hijabs stories.)

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