Reza Aslan has received support from unexpected quarters. The Iranian American scholar has been shown the door for calling President Donald Trump “a piece of s—” and “an embarrassment to mankind” on Twitter.
In a statement released to the media, CNN said that it is no longer going to air Aslan’s Believer on the network. “CNN has decided to not move forward with production on the acquired series ‘Believer with Reza Aslan…We wish Reza and his production team all the best.”
Reza aslant is a bestselling author, entrepreneur and broadcaster. His book ‘No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam’ was a bestseller and has already been translated into as many as seventeen languages around the world. Blackwell Publishers included it among the 100 most important books published recently. Besides, his ‘Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in a Globalized Age’ has also received good review around the world. He is also the co-founder of BoomGen Studios—an entertainment brand about the Middle East.
Aslan, seems to have been disappointed by the CNN’s decision to unceremoniously remove him. In a statement, the author and broadcaster said, “Obviously I am very disappointed in this decision. ‘Believer’ means a great deal to me and to the countless viewers it’s reached. Its message of religious tolerance and exploration is extremely important right now. I am deeply grateful to CNN for giving me the opportunity to launch the show and to amplify my voice on their network. I am especially grateful to the legion of people within the Turner organization who worked so hard to make the show a hit series.”
He went on to add, “However, in these politically charged times, the tenor of our nation’s discourse has become complicated, and I recognize that CNN needs to protect its brand as an unbiased news outlet. Similarly, I need to honor my voice. I am not a journalist. I am a social commentator and scholar. And so I agree with CNN that it is best that we part ways. I look forward to partnering with another platform in the future to continue to spread my message. I wish CNN all the best”.
Meanwhile, he has received support from some unexpected quarters. Fox News’s Sean Hannity on Friday defended Reza Aslan, saying the former CNN host should not have been fired for calling President Trump “a piece of s—.” “Reza calling the @POTUS a POS is bad form. Calling me the same fair game. I do not think you should be fired. You apologized,” Hannity wrote to his 2.44 million followers, adding, “#FreeSpeech.”