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Sami Zayn Wishes To Reestablish How Arabs Are Perceived In WWE
Posted By: Dustin Frisch on Feb 08, 2017
Sami Zayn recently spoke with ESPN for an article they had on his Twitter reactions to the travel ban that was set by President Donald Trump. They also discussed other controversial topics, and how he's been unafraid to tweet his thoughts. The order only temporarily bans travel from 7 nations, including Syria, where Zayn's parents immigrated from.
Sami commented on wanting to reestablish how Arabs were perceived in WWE and Western media.
"It's definitely a sensitive topic to discuss, but I have felt since I signed with the WWE I was in a unique position to reestablish how Arabs were perceived in the WWE and western media. Ever since I was a kid and growing up and watching things like the 'Naked Gun' movies, there was always this stereotype about how Arabs were perceived and portrayed. I've never watched those Arab villains in the movie and felt like that was me. They were nothing like me, and now I get to just be me -- and hopefully being me strikes a chord with a lot of young Arabs and non-Arabs, honestly. We're really not all that different."
Sami isn't affected by Trump's travel ban as he was obviously born in Canada and doesn't hold a dual citizenship to visit Syria. He does have permanent resident status in the USA but he's still unsure if he will seek citizenship in the states.
"I'm a Canadian citizen but I do have a green card. I would consider U.S. citizenship down the road, but we'll have to see how the political sphere unravels in the next few weeks, and few years."
He remains hopeful that the way Arabs are perceived will someday change.
"I think it's important for youngsters from all walks of life to have some sort of representative that they can look up to and aspire to be and let them know there's a chance for anybody from any background. That's the spirit of America, right? Anybody from any background can make it anywhere with enough hard work. I think the more people from all walks of life who speak up and the more diverse success stories we have, the better that is for our youngsters growing up, knowing they can attain those same goals just like anybody else."
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