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Conan O'Brien in trouble over Ms. Marvel 'racist' tweet

The late night comedian is on the receiving end of online backlash over a tweet that seems racist against the new Muslim Ms. Marvel.
Posted By Gabrielle Levy Follow @gabbilevy Contact the Author   |   Nov. 11, 2013 at 3:20 PM
(UPI) -- The Internet may be loving the brand new Ms. Marvel, but it is not cool with Conan O'Brien's Twitter response to the newly announced Muslim teen superhero.

"Marvel Comics is introducing a new Muslim Female superhero," O'Brien -- or someone on his team -- tweeted. "She has so many more special powers than her husband's other wives."

Even though the tweet was quickly deleted, a screenshot of the tweet made its way around the social network. The response was swift, and it wasn't pretty.

"Real classy bigotry, @ConanOBrien," wrote one. "Did you enjoy having a laugh at the expense of the marginalized?"

"Her superpower is actually combating islamophobic misogynistic, pasty assholes so I can see why you're threatened," wrote another.

Marvel announced the first story of the new Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old Pakistani-American teen from New Jersey who discovers she has shape-shifting powers, earlier this month.

The change follows the elevation of the former Ms. Marvel, Carole Danvers, to Captain Marvel, and has been extremely well received: "Captain Marvel No. 17," which introduced Kamala, is already sold out and getting a second printing.

So far, no response from Team Coco.

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