Aziz Ansari Takes On Rupert Murdoch Over Muslim 'Jihadist Cancer' Tweet

01/13/2015 02:18 pm ET | Updated Jan 13, 2015
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Aziz Ansari unleashed a Twitter rant against Rupert Murdoch after the News Corp billionaire made a comment about Muslims around the world being held responsible for the actions of extremists.

Murdoch tweeted the inflammatory comments on Friday, after a three-day period during which two gunmen attacked the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which has published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, and another gunman stormed a one of the city's kosher grocery stores. Twelve people died in the office shooting, and four in the market attack. A member of al Qaeda in Yemen said the group directed the assault on Charlie Hebdo; Murdoch's post claimed it is up to Muslims to "recognize and destroy" the "jihadist cancer."

On Sunday, Ansari took to Twitter to respond to Murdoch, asking what his parents could do.

He then began using the hashtag "RupertsFault" in tweets about incidents relating to the Christian community and how Murdoch could be held responsible.

The "Parks and Recreation" actor also reference the phone-hacking scandal that rocked News Corp.

Ansari is not the only celebrity to take aim at Murdoch over his comments. J.K Rowling tweeted at Murdoch, writing: "I was born Christian. If that makes Rupert Murdoch my responsibility, I'll auto-excommunicate." Additionally, Jon Stewart ripped the media mogul during Monday's episode of "The Daily Show," The Hollywood Reporter noted.

"Moderate Muslims, until you have completely wiped Islamic extremists from this earth, this shit's on you," Stewart said, adding that members of a particular group should be held responsible for illegal activities committed by other members of that group "except if the criminal acts are newspapers hacking dead people's phones and if the head of that newspaper company is [Murdoch himself]."

Immediately following the attack at Charlie Hebdo, Muslims around the world condemned the violence.

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