Muslim comedian slams Qantas Airways after staff made joke about his name

Aamer Rahman is a Bangladeshi born in the Middle East and raised in Australia. (Photo: Michael Rubenstein)

A Muslim stand-up comedian has criticised Qantas Airways after a cabin crew member allegedly made a racist joke about his name, the Daily Mirror reports.

Australian comedian Aamer Rahman wrote on Facebook: “Boarding the plane back to Melbourne. Qantas guy is having a loud, cheerful conversation with the guy in front of me.”

Mr Rahman, 33, then describes how the man allegedly says “it’s the Chinese and Indian ones I have real fun with” before pointing at his face.

The comedian, who was born in the Middle East, raised in Australia and is of Bangladeshi descent, then claims the Qantas crew said in front of the captain: “Unless this guy’s a ‘Singh’ I’m in trouble! Oh, ‘Rahman’ – too easy.”

Aamer wrote on social media to his 29,000 Twitter followers: “Now as much as I’d like to flip the f**k out while boarding a plane, I am exhausted from touring so I smile, congratulate him on his victory, and take my seat.

“White people lol.”

Qantas replied to his message when he shared it on Twitter, saying: “We’re disappointed to hear this Aamer, it isn’t something we tolerate.”

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