Viewers will be seeing plenty of Stephen Amell when Arrow Season 4 kicks off next month.
But they won’t be seeing much of the actor on social media for a bit, not after Amell stuck his attractive foot in his handsome mouth this week.
In response to the Ahmed Mohamed scandal this week, in which a 14-year old was detained by police in Texas because teachers mistook a homemade clock for a bomb, Amell Tweeted the following:
"Stereotyping Texas isn’t any better than stereotyping Ahmed. Just so we’re clear."
The message prompted some major backlash from those who believed Amell missed the point of this controversy, to which initially defended himself with a few follow-up Tweets:
- I can’t believe I broke my rule and tweeted about an actual event. Staggering to remember that debates in 140 characters don’t work.
- What happened to Ahmed was terrible. Obviously.
- I happened to read a series of tweets pronouncing that this is a systemic problem in Texas, which is also profiling.
- It’s profiling in a much less hurtful / destructive way… but it is profiling.
Amell also wished Ahmed luck on his upcoming visit to the White House, but he then felt the need to post a video on Facebook.
“Wasn’t trying to equate things that are very, very different, was simply trying to say that two wrongs don’t make a right,” Amell says in the video.
“The best thing to do in these scenarios is just go away for a little bit. So be well. I’ll be back. And that’s it.”