December 30, 2009, - 3:50 pm
Avid fans of “Reno 911!” may remember the 2004 “Raineesha X” episode when Deputy Raineesha Williams (Niecy Nash) insists on wearing a hijab (the Muslim female headscarf also sometimes referred to as a burqa, as it was in that episode).
Uh-Oh!: Reno 911!’s Raineesha X (Niecy Nash) Comes to Real Life
Well, now we have the real life Raineesha X in Atlanta Police Department civilian guard Helen Lane.
First a refresher on Raineesha X, via some dialogue:
Deputy Trudy Wiegel: Why are you wearing that thing on your head?
Deputy Raineesha Williams: This thing on my head is called a “Burka” and I am exercising my religious freedom, all right? I stand before you Raineesha X, all praise is due to Allah!
Deputy Travis Junior: [dives to the floor in fear]
Lieutenant Jim Dangle: It’s from the Homeland-Security training.
Deputy Travis Junior: I’m sorry, I thought she was gonna …
Lieutenant Jim Dangle: No, no, good instinct.
Deputy James Garcia: She don’t have a bomb.
Lieutenant Jim Dangle: No, no, she didn’t have a
[clicks tongue and pantomimes pressing detonator with thumb]
And now for the Helen Lane story:
A Muslim woman is claiming in a federal lawsuit that she was dismissed from the Atlanta Police Department’s civilian honor guard because she refused to remove her traditional head scarf.
Helen Lane alleges that the head of the voluntary guard laughed at her when she told him she would wear her hijab at a September 2006 funeral. She said she felt “humiliated, hurt and was traumatized” by the laughter.
Lane, who is seeking $240,000 in damage, said she told by another Atlanta official that “the hijab was like a swastika.” The city has denied the allegations and the honor guard has since been disbanded
Whatta wimp-ette. PUH-LEEZE, she’s so sensitive that a guard laughing at her is now worth $240,000?! No wonder they disbanded this stupid civilian honor guard. Apparently, there wasn’t any honor (or much else) in it.
And while I doubt anyone had the guts to tell her “the hijab was like a swastika,” it in fact is. Actually, far worse.
Shows like “Reno 911” have to stop joking about these hilarious, ridiculous things because, apparently, some people don’t realize it’s a joke, and seek to emulate them in real life. People like Helen “Raineesha X” Lane.
Who knew TV comedy would unfortunately result in self-fulfilling prophecy.
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