Muslim-American Olympic Fencer Asked To Remove Her Hijab At SXSW Registration

Muslim-American Ibtihaj Muhammed is set to become the first U.S. Olympian to wear a hijab while competing this summer in Rio, Brazil. And as she was stepping up to get her picture taken for her ID at SXSW, she was asked to take off her hijab. Muhammed is at the festival as a speaker for SXSports programming.

The Olympic fencer tweeted the incident on Saturday from Austin:

Even after she explained that she wears it for religious reasons, the man still insisted.

THEN, the icing on the cake: The douchebag gives her the ID but with the wrong freaking name and company! You just can’t make this stuff up.

A festival spokesman has apologized to Muhammed and since let the volunteer go. Get your shit together, SXSW.

[Daily Mail]