Ben Affleck row with Bill Maher: Hollywood star hits out TV host for his 'gross and racist views' on Islam

The actor was angered by Maher calling Islam the 'motherhood of bad ideas'

Jess Denham
Thursday 09 October 2014 10:19 BST

Ben Affleck has attacked TV host Bill Maher's opinions on Islam after the pair clashed during a debate on Friday.

The Gone Girl star, 42, appeared as a guest on Real Time With Bill Maher last week, but became angered over the negative, "incomplete" image that Maher and fellow guest, author Sam Harris, were painting of Muslims.

"We have been sold this meme of Islamophobia, where criticism of the religion gets conflated with bigotry towards Muslims as people," Harris said. "It's intellectually ridiculous."

Mayer supporting him, describing Islam as "the only religion that acts like the mafia" and will "f***ing kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture or write the wrong book".

Cue much anger from Affleck, who called Harris' picture of Islam as "the motherhood of bad ideas" over-generalised and "ugly".

"Hold on – are you the person who officially understands the codified doctrine of Islam?" Affleck responded, branding the pair's remarks "gross" and "racist" and arguing that they were akin to saying "Oh, you shifty Jew".

"Your argument is, 'You know, black people, they shoot each other,'" he said.

Maher was recently criticised for expressing his view that female genital mutilation is an Islamic problem.

Affleck was on his show to promote Gone Girl, in which he stars as the husband of a woman who mysteriously disappears on their 5th anniversary, leading him to become the prime suspect in a murder investigation.

Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and "Blurred Lines" model Emily Ratajkowski also star in David Fincher's thriller, based on the bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn.

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