‘Arrow’ Star Stephen Amell Blasted on Twitter for Ahmed Mohamed Comment: ‘Stereotyping Texas Isn’t Any Better’

Actor equates arrest of 14-year-old boy with negative comments about second largest state in U.S.

Last Updated: September 16, 2015 @ 7:33 PM

“Arrow” star Stephen Amell landed in hot water on Twitter Wednesday afternoon after he made a comment equating the treatment of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed to stererotypes lobbed against Texas, the state where the incident went down.

“Stereotyping Texas isn’t any better than stereotyping Ahmed. Just so we’re clear,” Amell tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

Mohamed was arrested for bringing a self-made alarm clock to school in Irving, Texas, on Monday. The arrest has prompted questions about bias against Muslims. Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesperson for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said that “It would not have occurred if he did not have a Muslim name and have a heritage from the Muslim world.”

Mohamed was proud of the clock he made from a circuit board with wires leading to a digital display, and wanted to show it to his teachers at MacArthur High School.

However, one teacher alerted authorities when she mistook it for a bomb, and Mohamed was put in handcuffs shortly afterwards. But realizing there was no imminent threat, the boy was released.

Since then, the #IStandWithAhmed hashtag started trending on Twitter. Even President Obama has invited Mohamed to bring his alarm clock to the White House on Twitter.

Amell’s comment did not sit well with Twitter users.

Stephen Amell just needs to take his top off but shut his mouth,” user ShayneCaffrey said. “Talk about missing the point. I thought season 3 was bad but he’s worse.”

“@amellywood get over yourself,” said baetoul. “Nobody is “profiling” Texas, they’re talking about the rampant racism and systematic inequality present there.”

Rather than apologize or take back his remarks, Amell doubled down in subsequent 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,” he wrote. “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…. Anywho, I’m not apologizing or deleting the tweets. If you’re outraged at an opinion it’s because you’re bored.”

Amell concluded his rant on a positive note, saying, “Last thing: Ahmed’s White House visit will be an awesome, awesome moment.”

But the outrage has not died down. Below is a sampling of social media reactions to the “Arrow” star’s comments.

Reps for Amell did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.