Arab-American Comedian Maysoon Zayid: “I’m like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali”
By Eye Candy
January 14, 2014
“I got 99 problems and palsy is just one. If there was an oppression Olympics, I would win the gold medal. I’m Palestinian, Muslim, female, disabled, and I live in New Jersey.” -Maysoon Zayid
Maysoon Zayid shares a colorful story of human limitation, and how her resilience overcame the disadvantages of having cerebral palsy. For this Arab-American actress, comedian, and philanthropist, “disability is as visual as race.”
By Wilkine Brutus, AFROPUNK Contributor *
Whether it’s her inability to land film roles perfectly suited for her and her disability or facing insensitive trolls on the internet, Zayid takes us on a funny ride through the double standards and cruelty we, as a society, often ignore regarding people with disabilities.
“I’m like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali.”
Zayid is absolutely hilarious, and beneath her inspirational comedy lies a universal truth: we need to “create more positive images of people with disabilities in the media.”
Like Muhammad Ali, there is a relentless fight in her; a beautiful fight which brings everyone to her ringside, and supports her every move and all of her smart ideas.
* Wilkine Brutus’ website: vanguardelement.com