Karim Metwaly, a video blogger, and a creator of a series of inspirational, eye-catching YouTube videos. This vibrant entertainer has taken the net by storm with his funny antics, touching moments, and unique creativity. His YouTube channel, AreWeFamousNow has acquired about 480,000 subscribers and counting, all wanting to see more of videos like woMAN PRANK, Lonely Homeless Man, and his latest masterpiece, Pharaoh Picks Up Girls Speaking Arabic. His channel also contains other varieties such as Parodies, and New York On… but what roped this Examiner’s interest are the videos that reach out to the public. As well as a funny actor, Karim also recognizes when important issues need to be addressed.
“I’ve seen that they’re all representing an image of a one sided Muslim, so I want to show a totally different one. I wanted to show that as a Muslim, I’m not like that.”
Earlier in February he conducted a social experiment in New York City, calling it the Blind Muslim Trust Experiment. He stands outside in public, blindfolded, with a sign that says: “I’m a Muslim and I trust you. Do you trust me enough for a hug?” In the beginning it doesn’t seem like anyone wants to take up the offer, in fact Karim’s arms starts getting tired. But then someone comes along for a hug, followed by another, and a few more. Words of encouragement are said, along with admiration and mutual acknowledgment. A noble campaign by far, yet obstacles would still plague Karim about his efforts.
“I got opposition from both sides, from Muslims in my community, and from outside of that. There were people who hate Muslims and attack religion, sending racist comments. I get things like, ‘You’re a good guy, it’s a shame you’re a Muslim,’ or, ‘you’re a great person, if only you didn’t have religion.’ It’s like I’m half way there in people’s views, they really like me but they don’t accept all of me. But I’ll take this opposition other than my own community’s, because it hurts more when fellow Muslims put me down.”
With the negativity Muslims are getting thanks to the media, it’s not easy for a Muslim to maintain a good reputation and be treated as equal citizens. Karim’s work is bringing humanity closer to a peaceful understanding of Muslims. In his vision for the future he says he’d like to see every Muslim, be they Arab, Desi or whatever, is accepted as everyone, to be equal. If they want to be artists for example, they can be artists, and not worry about the stigma. Muslims continue to get a bad image in the media and in people’s minds, but with individuals like Karim, society has a chance for a brighter future on the horizon.
To see more of Karim’s talent visit his popular YouTube channel, AreWeFamousNow.
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