After the attacks on Paris recently Islamophobia around the world is growing. Anthony Magallánez, a 22-year-old from Phoenix, Arizona, experienced his own after posting Arabic lyrics on his Grindr profile, حبيتك بالشتي (habbaitak besh-sheti), which means ‘I loved you in the winter’. It comes from the song Al Thaniah by Fairouz, a Lebanese singer.
In an interview with GayStarNews, Magallánez said he soon began getting hateful messages.
‘At first I thought it as a joke, but one in bad taste, so I asked for clarification and it became clear to me that he only wanted to be hateful, so that’s when I stopped taking him seriously,’ Anthony told Gay Star News.
‘At the same time, I tried to be light-hearted with him and show that, “Yeah, I’m Muslim, but am I the one being aggressive here?”‘
He didn’t report the message to Grindr, saying he just wanted the ‘conversation to be over’.
But the message definitely made him nervous about the rising Islamophobia, saying the attacks this week are ‘no doubt’ a reaction to the tragedy in Paris.
He said: ‘I’m scared for the Muslims in Europe as well as those here in the United States and most of all those in the Middle East, who are the most direct and immediate victims of groups like Da’esh and al-Qa’eda.
‘There have already been attacks in Baghdad and Beirut and I fear there will be strong action on Da’esh’s part and equally strong reaction against innocent people on the part of bigots here in the US and Europe.’
We don't doubt that Islamophobia has risen since the attacks, but racism was already pretty rampant on Grindr, so this doesn't surprise us one bit.