Arab-American actor Ramy Youssef who won a Golden Globe Award for best comedy actor for his role in the comedy series Ramy sent fans in frenzy after he thanked God and said ‘Allahu Akhbar’ while accepting the award.
Starting his acceptance speech with Allahu Akbar and thanking Allah, Ramy said, “We made a very specific show about an Arab Muslim family living in New Jersey and this means a lot to be recognised on this level.”
He then revealed that his mom was actually rooting for Michael Douglas, who was nominated in the category for his role Netflix’s The Kominsky Method.
“Egyptians love Michael Douglas,” Youssef remarked.
Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon presented the award to Youssef.
Speaking to reporters after the event, Youssef said, “I was going to say it anyway. I’m very thankful to God, and my show is about someone who believes in their faith, so I naturally don’t always feel like I’m on the same page with the comedic styles of Ricky Gervais on that subject.”
He also joked on how he is unknown compared to his fellow nominees.
“Look, I know you guys haven’t seen my show. Everyone’s like, ‘Is this an editor?’ We made a very specific show about an Arab Muslim family living in New Jersey, and this means a lot to be recognised on this level” he said.
Ramy explores the experience of a young Egyptian-American Muslim man living in New Jersey, who believes in God and embraces his heritage, while blending them with his American life. The comedy is loosely based on Youssef’s life and his experiences as a stand-up comedian.