Boris Johnson’s offensive comments about the burqa, explained


People in the UK protest Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's offensive comments about Muslim women who wear burqas.

Some conservative white men in Britain are obsessed with what Muslim women wear on their heads.

A certain small set of powerful, conservative white men in Britain just can’t seem to keep quiet when it comes to weighing in on what Muslim women in Europe should and should not be allowed to wear in public.

Last week, Denmark’s controversial “burqa ban” went into effect. The law technically bars people from wearing any “garment that hides the face” in public places.

But it’s mostly intended to ban the face coverings that some Muslim women wear — specifically the burqa, which completely covers the face and body, leaving a mesh panel to see through, and the niqab, the face veil that covers the lower half of the face but leaves the eyes visible.

Christina Animashaun, Vox

Conservative MP Boris Johnson, Britain’s former foreign secretary, just couldn’t resist opining on the development in Denmark.

In a column in the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper on Sunday, Johnson wrote that while he doesn’t support a burqa ban, he does think they’re “ridiculous” because they make women look like “letter boxes” and “bank robbers.”

“If you say that it is weird and bullying to expect women to cover their faces, then I totally agree,” Johnson wrote. “I would go further and say that it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes.”

He also said that if “a female student turned up at school or at a university lecture looking like a bank robber,” he would ask her to remove her face covering in order to speak to him. He added that humans “must be able to see each other’s faces.”

Johnson’s comments caused an uproar.

The UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission said his …read more

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