Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Uber bans right-wing activist after racist rant about Muslim drivers

Gigi Hadid Calls Out Islamophobic Twitter User After NYC Attack Uber bans far-right activist who complained about Muslim Uber drivers
Elaine Woods | 04 November, 2017, 00:34

Hadid, who recently celebrated the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha with her boyfriend Zayn Malik, shared Loomer's tweet and wrote, "Laura, I hate to give you the attention, but I need to tell you - you're a f***ing moron". She criticized Muslim women for simply walking down the street in hijabs, claiming they were "rubbing it in everyone's face".

She then suggested on Twitter that someone create a non-Muslim version of Uber and Lyft because she doesn't want to "support another Islamic immigrant driver".

She was responding to the terrorist attack in NY where Sayfullo Saipov, a former driver for the two companies, allegedly struck and killed eight people while driving down a bike lane, injuring many more.

Many of Loomer's own followers condemned her remarks, along with other controversial tweets she sent Tuesday. That is not appropriate.

Lyft and Uber confirmed that they have imposed an indefinite ban against Loomer following her comments, according to NBC News 4. "We have reached out to law enforcement to provide our full assistance", the company said in a previous statement. Later Lyft too deactivated her account.

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Following the white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this year, Uber banned far-right provocateur Tim Gionet, better known as Baked Alaska, after a driver in Washington, DC booted him from her vehicle for allegedly making racially-charged remarks.

Laura Loomer stormed the Public Theater's production of Julius Caesar this summer due to the title character's resemblance to President Trump. While being escorted off the stage, she shouted, "Stop the normalization of political violence against the right!"

This is not the first time Uber has banned someone on the far right.

Uber has since banned Saipov. The far-right activist, better known as Baked Alaska, was barred after a driver in Washington, DC booted him from her auto for allegedly making racially-charged remarks.

Federal prosecutors said Saipov was "consumed by hate and a twisted ideology" when he attacked.

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