Words matter. These are the best Maysoon Zayid Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
As a comedian, Trump is comedy gold, and he almost makes my job too easy… the stuff that comes out of his mouth is a precious commodity.
I think that social media has really empowered bullies because you get to do it from the comfort of your own home, completely anonymously, with no ramifications.
When I ask people what they think of when they hear the term ‘cerebral palsy,’ I usually get one of two responses. They either think of a smiling, crumpled child in a wheelchair on a poster or commercials on late night TV with lawyers enticing parents of CP kids to sue the pants off their obstetrician.
Today, I am a touring standup comic who cannot stand up. Within three minutes, I begin to wilt, lose my balance, and topple over. I can tap dance and run in heels, but I need to use a wheelchair to navigate airports.
I’m not trying to represent all Muslim women. I’m trying to give voice to the silent majority. Unfortunately, I’m a bit loony.
My parents couldn’t afford physical therapy, so they sent me to dancing school. I learned how to dance in heels, which means I can walk in heels. And I’m from Jersey, and we are really concerned with being chic, so if my friends wore heels, so did I.
I believe very deeply in my soul that God paired me and my father purposely and that he knew that my father would give me the strength to be a person with disability that was proud, always held her head high, and was never, ever bitter.
Disability in the Middle East is viewed through a different lens because you’re in wartime countries where it’s much more mainstream, so I was just never ‘other’d.
I have to tell you, it’s very boring, but before I did yoga, I was a stand-up comedian who can’t stand up. And now I can stand on my head.
I think there’s a backlash against minorities in this country and that part of what caused that was the fact that a black man became president. And a certain portion of the privileged population think their privilege is at stake, and they want it back.
We have been sold a Muslim boogeyman. We are buying into it, and we are terrified, and that terror is causing people to lash out at comedians like myself or women wearing hijabs, or anyone who seems to defend equality for Muslims worldwide.
I’m a person who watches TV all the time – all the time; I love TV. And I really think that the media heavily influences how we as a society behave towards each other. And one of the things that I find to be lacking on television are positive images of diversity.
My friend and I founded the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival to counter the negative images of Arabs in media. And we always made sure that the comedy came first. So we weren’t a bunch of Arabs trying to be funny. We were a bunch of comedians who just happened to be of Arab heritage.
The most obvious thing I do is I don’t wear a burqa, and I’m definitely not oppressed. Plus, I’m quite obviously an independent thinker, which means as soon as I walk on stage, I dispel a lot of those stereotypes.
I was able to walk at 5. I had to be able to walk in order to be mainstreamed into public school. And my father worked day and night to teach me how to walk. And I think what’s so amazing about this is the fact that he was told that I would never walk. And he decided that he was going to try.
I think we need a Muslim ‘Bachelor’ or ‘Bachelorette.’ I think that’s what would be the great equalizer, and that would change everything.
Forget Paula Dean; when it comes to on-air celebrity chefs, no one makes my stomach go pitter-patter more than Chef Anthony Bourdain. He is absolutely fearless.
I spent my summers in a war zone because my parents were afraid that if we didn’t go back to Palestine every single summer, we’d grow up to be Madonna.
As far as characters that are written as Muslims, we’re only seeing one dimension. It’s either the good Muslim who is helping the FBI, or the taxi driver-terrorist bundled in one.
The United States needs to stop putting Israel’s wants above Palestinian rights.
If you elect a religious party into power, you no longer have a democracy.
March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. Don’t feel bad if you did not know that. I didn’t, either, until someone recently slapped a picture of a green ribbon and a message wishing me a ‘Happy CP Awareness Month’ on my Facebook page. I always thought March was Women’s History Month.
Palestine-Israel is such a ludicrous issue.
Not wearing hijab has seriously, seriously hurt my career. Mass media wants to see a woman in a veil. But I think it helps me because it makes it easier for my audience to relate to me. I’m not the scary ‘other’ they keep seeing on ‘Fox News.’
It is easy to go vegan in Palestine, which is where I quit eating food with a face. The vegetables and spices are one of a kind, and you don’t even miss the meat.
I’ve had the same best friends since I was five years old; they’re still my best friends. I was never bullied. I was never made fun of.
If you’re disabled, and you’re trying to achieve your dreams, accept the fact right now that you have to work 500 times more than the average bear next to you. Stop bucking for sympathy, put on your titanium legs, and run.
It became very obvious to me that in the United States of America, a fluffy ethnic disabled chick was never going to get a job unless she did stand-up.
I’m not here to impose Sharia law, and I’m not here to have a message about disability being inspirational – I’m here to make people laugh. But when I can layer things and make people not only laugh but question, make people not only laugh but be offended… I have to do that.
I am a hardcore foodie, which means I love to eat. I was also born with cerebral palsy, which means I shake all the time – so cooking is not my thing, as I am banned from being around knives and fire. Those who cannot cook, watch, and I am obsessed with cooking shows.
I shake all the time. It’s exhausting and causes chronic pain in my joints and muscles. It is also the only life I have ever known. I use yoga, dance, nutrition, and breathing to help manage my symptoms.
With George Bush, I had absolutely no fear that I would ever be silenced. With Donald Trump, I think I could get dragged offstage and have people actually cheer it. I never thought that would happen in America.
I was the girl who did everybody’s homework, but I was also, like, student council president and yearbook editor and, like, all-around overachiever. Like, I’m disabled, but I can do anything.