Bill Murray poured alcohol all over observant Muslim Mahershala Ali

76th Annual Golden Globe Awards - 2019 Telecast

The overwhelming majority of observant Muslims abstain from alcohol. The widespread interpretation of the Qur’an is that alcohol is haram, or forbidden. I’ve read articles about how *some* observant Muslims believe only certain types of alcohol are haram, but those Muslims are definitely a minority. Basically, if you’re around Muslim people/friends, don’t try to badger them into having a beer or a cocktail. And do not – for the love of God – pour alcohol on a Muslim’s head. But that’s exactly what Bill Murray did to Mahershala Ali, who converted to Islam in his 20s.

Mahershala Ali doesn’t drink, but that certainly didn’t stop Bill Murray from toasting him with alcohol at Sunday’s 2019 Golden Globes. The 44-year-old actor, who took home the best supporting actor trophy for his performance in Green Book at the 76th annual awards, stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday to talk about his big win. But it was his run-in with the former Saturday Night Live star that had Ali smiling.

As he recalled to DeGeneres, the two were backstage at the Beverly Hills Hotel — Ali discussing the film’s win for best motion picture (musical or comedy) alongside director Peter Farrelly and costars Viggo Mortensen and Linda Cardellini — when Murray, who presented at the Globes, began spilling alcohol on their heads.

“Bill was toasting us,” Ali told DeGeneres. “Bill toasted his glass on Viggo’s head, Linda’s head, and then toasts on my head and vodka spills all over my face and is running down into my eyes and in my mouth. And I’m doing the whole interview with an eye closed.”

“Vodka in the eye … it felt like hot acid rolling down my face,” Ali recalled. It may have hurt, but Ali certainly didn’t hold a grudge. “Hey, it’s Bill Murray!” Ali joked.

[From People]

I hate that Mahershala is expected to just laugh it off and shrug, like why wouldn’t Bill Murray pour alcohol over everyone. Mahershala is doing the best he can, I suppose. But Bill Murray needs to stop, and I would greatly appreciate it if we stopped acting like everything Murray does is brilliant and funny. That was rude as hell, and it was a particularly nasty thing to do to an observant Muslim.

Here’s a clip of Bill Murray hijacking a post-Globes interview with the Green Book people too. Look, I hated the movie and I wish it wasn’t winning awards. But good lord, this is awkward as f–k and it actually makes me feel sorry for the Green Book people.

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  1. HelloSunshine says:

    How is pouring alcohol on anybody an acceptable form of toasting? That sounds like some weird, early 20’s frat boy bs to me.

    • Kerfuffle says:

      It doesn’t sound like he intentionally poured alcohol so much as it spilled.

      • Lua says:

        Exactly. Nothing to see here. It sounds childish and accidental. Moreover, he did it to everyone, and you’re assuming he knew A. That he’s Muslim and B. That he abstains from alcohol. My best friend is Muslim, born and raised first gen in America guess what? She’ll drink a glass of wine (gasp!)

      • bros says:

        yes, nothing to see here. I am married to an observant muslim and he would not be bothered if it spilled on him. observant muslims are also allowed to serve alcohol. it’s not like coming into any contact with it is haram.

        I know plenty of observant muslims who drink, also, by the way. There are many ways to be observant and muslim. I dont think this is one that needed concern trolling.

      • Ali says:

        How do you accidentally spill alcohol all over someone’s head though? Down their front, sure, but even at my sloppiest, I’ve never held a drink above someone’s head to toast them.

    • jwoolman says:

      I recall pouring out some soda on the floor as a libation to the gods before a high school biology test…. Maybe something like that?

      It would also be a way to avoid asking everybody to actually drink the alcohol, some can’t for various reasons. The target seemed to think it was just silly, though, and didn’t act abused. He probably would not be silent about that today.

      • HelloSunshine says:

        To be clear, I wasn’t talking about the Muslim part at all. I assumed his version of toasting involved pouring alcohol on people but it sounds like he was sloppy drunk and spilling. Sorry, my reading comprehension is a bit slow today, my kid is going through a sleep regression lol

  2. Lizzie says:

    mahershala ali has eaten more shit during this press run than my dog. i hope he wins the oscar as payment for enduring the white nonsense from his coworkers. bill murray isn’t funny enough to still be acting like a 70 year old frat boy – grow up.

    • ChillyWilly says:

      I highly doubt Murray had any anti-muslim or racist motivations. He did the same thing to Viggo and Cardelini. It’s super immature and annoying but not racist.

      • Michelle Hagler says:

        I don’t think it was intentionally anti-muslim or racist, but it sure as hell was disrespectful to crash their interview and toss alcohol around on everyone. He was as drunk on his ego as he was on vodka. I don’t understand why people give Bill Murray a pass, like he’s just some rogue prankster. The guy’s an asshole.

      • Lizzie says:

        i tend to agree but just b/c you’re intentionally anti muslim or racist doesn’t mean you aren’t both.

    • Really? says:

      Why does Mahershala have to be the class act though? He has to deal with all these micro-aggressions as well as people defending their right to be rude and racist. First, Viggo’s poor choice of words overshadowed his flim, and Mahershala had to smile and answer for Viggo. Then, Murray thinks his drunk prank is hilarious, and if Mahershala doesn’t think so, then he is being “sensitive” and can’t take a joke. This is the same Murray who called Lucy Liu talentless (the only non-white Angel), so I’m not so sure it was a harmless prank as it isn’t the first time he has targeted a minority. Even though Murray was great in Groundhog Day, that doesn’t excuse his behavior.

  3. Ellie says:

    It didn’t seem like Bill actually meant any harm by this though…

    • whatWHAT? says:

      sounds like the misogynist who makes a rude comment to a woman and says “I was just joking!”

      or the bigot who makes a derogatory slur and says “I was just joking!”

      or the frat bro who makes a date rape “joke” and says to those offended “I was just joking!”

      so, NO…I LOVE Bill Murray, but this was really sh*tty for him to do, whether he “meant” any harm or not. I realize that intent matters, but he should know better.

    • Mee says:

      Are you serious? You walk around pouring alcohol on people’s heads. I would’ve punched him. You present the award and step to the side. What the f was he doing backstage in their interview time anyway? Taking a break from beating his wife.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Well, exactly! You get all dressed up, have your hair & makeup done, & some idiot pours alcohol on your head?! How in the hell is that acceptable or funny?

    • Frida_K says:

      “Boys throw stones at frogs in sport, yet the frogs do not die in sport but in earnest.”

      –Bion of Borysthenes

    • LadyMTL says:

      Yeahno, that doesn’t excuse him or anyone else who would think that could be funny. My dad is an observant Muslim (he used to drink before he converted but now abstains completely) and if someone did that do him I would be beyond angry. It’s disrespectful and insulting, at the very least.
      He wouldn’t dump bacon on a Jewish man’s head and try to laugh that off, I assume…?

      • Jag says:

        Did they hand out flyers stating everyone’s religion prior to the show, though? If Murray had done that to only Mahershala, then I’d agree that he was targeted, but he did it to two other people as well. I think Murray was rude and being a jerk.

    • Nanny to the rescue says:

      I agree. It was stupid and immature and physical gags aren’t everyone’s tea but I doubt this was aimed at Mahershala’s religion.

      • Ellie says:

        Yeah, I just meant it didn’t seem like a knock against a religion. Teams shake then open/spray bottles of champagne all over everyone all the time when they win a championship. I was comparing it to that.

      • Aoife says:

        Is it common knowledge that he is Muslim? If Murray knew then he should have been a lot more careful with alcohol around him.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      That’s simply an excuse for obnoxious childish behavior.

    • Raina says:

      Was Murray drunk?
      For me: less malicious, more stupid.
      Ali comes across as a really patient gentleman.

      • Some chick says:

        This is gross behavior. You dump your drink on me *while I’m wearing an evening gown* there will be trouble.

        Especially a possibly lent evening gown… grrrrr. I used to like Bill Murray (if you want to see a real ahole, check out Chevy Chase) but this is just sad and gross. He needs to have a seat and think about what he did.

  4. Clare says:

    Shame on Murray. Hate to say this, but Muslims in America have to jump through so many fing hoops to prove they are ‘normal’/american/fun/whatever and I hate that Ali had to suck it up and laugh this off. It is outrageous and unacceptable.

    • ChillyWilly says:

      Pretty sure Ali is American born and raised.

      • saba says:

        You know you can be all-American and still be a Muslim, too.

      • Clare says:

        @ChillyWilly – Yes, but when has that ever stopped minorities having their identity questioned. My point is that minorities, including Muslims, have to constantly work extra hard to prove their American-ness.

      • raindrop says:

        Yeah, but he’s still Muslim in America.

      • Onemoretime says:

        Freedom of religion for all born and raised Americans! What does being born in America have anything to do with chosen religion ? No excuses for Bill Murray pouring alcohol on anyone! As a minority I am tired of it all.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        There are American born Muslims. I’m one of them. Both of my parents are Muslim. I can trace my American ancestry back to slavery.

    • saba says:

      And some Muslims, like Mahershala, have to jump through extra hoops because they’re Ahmadiyya and there are those in our community who don’t see them as Muslims! I will never forget being so pumped for his win as the first Muslim Best Actor and then logging on to have other Muslims tell me it didn’t count because he’s Ahmadiyya and they’re not Real Muslims but herectics. Those people make me so sad with the hatred they hold, but, unfortunately, it’s a common grievance towards the Ahmadiyya community.

      Bill Murray is an awful human being.

      • Nanny to the rescue says:

        What is meant by him being an Ahmadiyya? I mean is it a problem because in some people’s eyes he’s from the wrong group of Muslims (regionally? in what they preach?) or is it broader, him being converted late and such?

        Distinctions inside religions always baffle me, and when you google them, they’re always too complicated for a short read.

      • saba says:

        The wiki is probably the best overall rundown, but I think the main issue between groups is that Ahmadis believe that there is a continuity of prophethood (i.e. other prophets may still be to come), even though they believe Muhammad (pbuh) is the final law revealing prophet and that the Quaran is final holy book (I think – I’m not Ahmadiyya myself). They also actively proselytize and have different beliefs regarding modern interactions and interpretations of the Quran and other faiths (they see all other faiths as being part of theirs, I think – everything is interlinked perhaps?).

        They are not really considered as part of the “Mainstream Muslim” community, rather as part of the bigger Islamic faith and a Sunni offshoot/sect, and have been viewed with distrust by a lot of other Muslim communities – maybe a bit like Mormons are viewed by Catholics? Except it has spilled out into violence: persecution against the Ahmadi community has its own wikipedia page which makes me feel thoroughly ashamed of some of my co-religionists.

      • Nanny to the rescue says:

        Thank you for the explanation, I get it now.

        I kind of understand both sides (I’m not religious myself), in a sense that if something is so important to you, you only count as your own those who share your belief completely. But it’s a shame it’s dragging communities down and prevents happiness where there could be some of it. :/

      • Kath says:

        Yeah, this sucks. The Ahmadiyya are awesome people – I’ve never met one I didn’t like! They do a lot of charity and cultural awareness stuff where I live in Australia. The fact that they are treated with such hostility by their fellow Muslims (including the man who was murdered in Scotland) makes me furious. How can some Muslims demand tolerance for themselves, but deny it for others?

        I’m a bit fed up with all religions at this point. I don’t care what people believe – it’s how they act that’s important.

    • noway says:

      It is true Muslims are given so much crap just to seem “normal” and not some crazy terrorist. It’s not just lack of understanding more plain prejudice. We have some crazy home born religions and customs which people don’t even blink an eye at, but a religion which for a large portion of the world is mainstream needs to justify itself. It’s not like Scientology didn’t start here and wasn’t really looked down upon for decades.

      However, I don’t think Ali did just suck it up because he is muslim and didn’t think he could speak up. I think this probably had more to do with being a bit star struck. There were a lot of people at the Globes including Ali meeting some older or established stars, and this was the first time I’ve seen a few seem star struck. Rami Malik is a perfect example, cause he was so cute and polite in his attempts. I think Ali is kind of like it’s the guy from Caddy Shack of course he pours liquor on my head, plus he did it to everyone else. I think that is what he meant by who cares it was Bill Murray. I’m going to assume Murray didn’t know Muslim’s don’t drink, although for him I’m not sure it would have mattered. Bill Murray is kind of white man privilege personified. Without sounding like the terrible cliche, I do have a few Muslim friends, but I don’t really drink much and the topic never came up so I didn’t know that either. Thanks Celebitchy for the info. I don’t think I’m a forcer of food or alcohol on people when I host, but it’s better to be aware. Have to admit, if I was at an evening with Bill Murray, I’d probably be the same way as Ali, even if he did something crazy and out of line. However, if I had to work with him the story would grow old real quick, ask Lucy Liu.

  5. Chef Grace says:

    Childish behavior. As in Look at me .
    But AM seems to be a very gracious man.

  6. Jessica says:

    Unmmm did we read the same thing. It sounds like it wasn’t done with the intention of spilling alcohol on him because he did it to 2 other people. Again unless I’m missing something. I’m not seeing an anti-Muslim attack.

  7. Nanainwonderland says:

    As a Muslim myself, I understand that not everyone knows Islamic rulings on what is haram or not. But maybe, just of respect for social decorum … don’t pour wine on someone’s head, especially when they are all dressed up in an awards show?

  8. ChillyWilly says:

    Hoo boy, Bill Murray is an ass but if Mahershela isn’t pissed, why should we be?

    • SNY says:

      I kind of agree. My husband is Hmong and finds it more offensive when someone tells him what should offend him. He tends to view it as an insult on his intelligence. There have been situations that I thought would offend him but he just views it as a joke that fell flat.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      Who’s to say he wasn’t pissed. I can assure you as a Muslim myself that he probably was. He simply chose not to voice it.

  9. Canber says:

    I never understood the Church of Bill Murray which seemed to be flourishing a few years ago and maybe it still does. He’s a solid actor, but does not deserve the depth of idolatry I witnessed in some. Murray is a spoiled cvunt, and has always been. With a side of sexually harassing his female colleagues, because it’s par for the course for most of the old ones.

    • Anastasia says:

      You just saved me some keystrokes. I don’t care what Murray’s intentions were, or what Ali’s reaction is, that was just fucking RUDE.

    • hogtowngooner says:

      Thank you. I don’t get it either. He’s fine enough as an actor (not my type but hey) but he acts so surly and condescending and just generally seems like a douche. But for some reason people my age fall all over themselves to praise him.

  10. Vexa says:

    Maybe this is controversial, but I have never gotten why people love Bill Murray so much. He always seems to just… jump in on other people’s moments and act annoying.

    Also, why is he pouring alcohol over strangers… Does he even know Mahershala??

    • Amelie says:

      I get he is considered a talented actor/comedian (I haven’t seen many of his movies) and he somehow reached cult like status because he is so elusive and really eccentric (I think he once got a DUI for driving a golf cart drunk in Sweden, just one example that I feel really demonstrates just how weird and senseless he is). Given that he also poured alcohol over Viggo and Linda, I doubt Bill even knew Mahershala was Muslim given he is pretty low-key about it. However I just think that’s rude to do to anyone, regardless of religion/gender/ethnicity etc. It’s just an offensive thing to do, full stop.

    • boredblond says:

      He’s somehow allowed, and praised for, permanent childish behavior..when his longtime friend Harold Ramis asked him to stop throwing tantrums, Murray refused to speak to him for 20 years,he belittled actresses Lucy Liu and Sean Young during shoots, came to blows with others while working..yet gets a pass. He’s a smug man who always plays smug characters..what a stretch.

  11. Alexis says:

    Yikes, that’s rude to do to anyone, but particularly rude to do to someone who doesn’t drink for religious reasons (or otherwise!).

  12. Pandy says:

    While I would be annoyed AF by someone pouring alcohol over my head – he didn’t single him out to force a Muslim to drink alcohol. He was an equal opportunity dick.

  13. Winnie Cooper's Mom says:

    Sounds like Bill wouldn’t have known it was offensive to Ali? He did it to all of them, probably out of a joking and drunken gesture. It doesn’t make it right, but I’m sure Bill wasn’t calculating about it, like “Let me show that Muslim how it’s done.” Just an unfortunate and embarrassing misunderstanding on BM’s part. BM does need to calm down though, he acts like he’s the King of Hollywood and can do whatever he wants. (Half of the Cubs championship seemed to revolve around him for crying out loud!)

  14. Veronica S. says:

    It sounds like it wasn’t intentionally malicious, but it’s still cringe-worthy because of the behavioral implications. He owes him an apology at the least.

  15. Renee says:

    I myself do not understand the Bill Murray train that people ride while ignoring his past rude, inconsiderate and not to mention misogynistic attitude. His defense of Dustin Hoffman should have been enough to stop the train on it’s tracks. But people continue to ride for him. I do NOT get it.
    Pouring alcohol over anyone’s head is ridiculous and proves the fool he has become.

  16. smee says:

    I think Bill’s alcoholism is worsening. He used to seem glib, irreverent and funny, but now he’s an embarrassment. And he looks terrible. I feel for M.Ali having to take that, but he did it with grace, fwiw.

    • Canber says:

      In 2007, his wife alleged to have punched her in the face and tell her she was lucky he didn’t kill her. She also cited his alcohol addiction in her divorce papers.

  17. HeyThere! says:

    Here’s the thing, Bill is the ultimate frat bro party jerk because he knows he can be. He’s a white male with money and everyone ‘loves’ him. The OG party ‘boy’. It doesn’t matter than Ali wasn’t offended, it shouldn’t have happened. He’s being the bigger man and brushing it off, but I’m sure he didn’t like it. I’d actually bet he wished it didn’t happen. This will be a non story because ‘boys will be boys’! UGH, can you imagine if a woman acted like Bill?? She would be blacklisted.

    • dappadaph says:

      True because did you see how fast that Chrissy and Alison crap blew up and no one even heard what Chrissy said? Maybe MA should have grabbed BM later, put him in a headlock and given him a nuggy.

  18. Sayrah says:

    I love Bill Murray and it sounds like Mahershala does too. The golden globes are known for everyone drinking too much and bill has been an overdrinker for years. It was a dick move but I seriously doubt Bill considered that he was shitting on MA’s religion. He should issue an apology but I’m not outraged if MA isn’t.

    • Jerusha says:

      But why would you pour alcohol, or ANYTHING, over someone’s head? Stupid, stupid, stupid.

  19. Clare says:

    Wow – the mental gymnastics people will perform to justify the inappropriate actions of white men never fails to surprise me.

    ‘He didn’t mean it in a bad way’
    ‘Maybe he didn’t know he was Muslim’
    He behaved the same with everyone’
    ‘He was just being funny’
    ‘Oh he was trying to have a laugh but it fell flat’
    ‘Come on people need to lighten up’

    • BaeBae says:

      EXACTLY!!!! Imagine if it had been Mahershala who did what Murray did. Totally different reactions. People of color do not get the chance to act up the way Bill Murray did, especially at an event like this..

      • lkf says:

        If you read another post from today, a man with a long history of public, homophobic remarks was invited to host the Oscars.

  20. Jerusha says:

    “Bill Murray needs to stop, and I would greatly appreciate it if we stopped acting like everything Murray does is brilliant and funny.”

  21. Ali says:

    There was alcohol being served at the event. Clearly he’s not bothered by the presence of alcohol.

    If my friend got rowdy in his excitement for me, I’d give him a pass. If someone I knew by name only splashed anything on me, I’d be annoyed and probably not be super excited the next time I saw him/her.

    • Clare says:

      Are you for real? Being in the same space as Alcohol being served and having alcohol thrown on you (accidentally or not) are two entirely different things.

      Do you expect to have alcohol tossed/dropped on you every time you got a bar/restaurant/party/dinner? I sure as F don’t.

      This is some Olympic level gymnastics you’re doing.

  22. Loretta says:

    This is so rude. Poor Ali.

  23. Jay says:

    Disgusted by all the people who are like I don’t think it’s racist it’s just silly and MA didn’t act like he was upset so it’s okay!

    First of all a POC, mich less a Black man, and a Black MUSLIM man has very little social capital to be able to go up against someone like Bill Murray. It’s analogous to why a maid might not report that her wealthy client was harassing her while she was trying to do her job.

    When I was a practicing Muslim many years ago, this would have been so fucking awful. I would have been so deeply upset. I would have hated Bill Murray but yeah I would have shrugged it off in public because that’s just easier than telling a bunch of white peiple why you’re upset and that you GET TO BE upset. Ugh. Do better, fellow commenters, and thanks to those of you who understand that this is a big deal

  24. lucy2 says:

    The whole Quirky Bill thing was fun for a minute, but the more that comes out about him, no thank you. I don’t think it’s acceptable to pour anything on anyone.
    MA is being extremely kind and gracious here. He’d have every right to be pissed, as would the others. He’s such a great actor too, I hope better stuff than Green Book starts coming his way.

  25. Alexandria says:

    Of course there could be two outcomes. One is MA was ok with it. The other is that MA had to shrug it off because he has to appear calm and non-confrontational to be accepted by white people. Similar to how black women have to hesitate to be confrontational else they are just angry black women. As a minority and Muslim, I’ve been there and had to laugh it off. So his response appears very familiar to me. Perhaps Mr Murray should consider that there is still a slight possibility that MA did not want to embarrass him, hence a sincere apology is still helpful. Or maybe just stop dumping stuff on people’s heads as a start?

  26. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Muslim here. This is such a vile thing to do to anyone. But specifically people who abstain from alcohol for religious or lifestyle reasons. Would he have done this to a recovering alcoholic?? As a Muslim I am used to general ignorance about Islam and Muslims but s*it like this just flat out pisses me off. I’m also so tired of black people having to shrug off the racist, bigoted and obnoxious behavior of white folks. Mahershala knows that if he made a scene he would be branded an angry black man and labeled “difficult”. Because black people arent allowed dominion over our own bodies and aren’t allowed the full spectrum of human emotions.

    • BaeBae says:

      “I’m also so tired of black people having to shrug off the racist, bigoted and obnoxious behavior of white folks.“


  27. Littlefishmom says:

    Bill Murray is always drunk and thinks these childlike antics are hilarious. Immature- yes, Racist- I don’t think so. Impolite- yes, yes, yes. Sometimes he is funny but most of the time he’s not.

  28. SM says:

    I am sorry but pouring anything over someone’s head without their consent or/and in public is NOT acceptable. The act itself can be easily considered a humiliation. He did that to Linda too…i would have kicked his ass despite it has the great Bill Murray attached to it.

  29. Marianne says:

    I doubt Bill knows that Mahershala is a muslim. But unless you’re friends and they know/expect/like that kind of behaviour then its rude. But I kind of doubt that Mahershala is really buddy-buddy with him. I’d be annoyed if someone I didnt really know that well poured some alcohol on my head. Even if it was a tiny drizzle.

  30. LANITA says:

    How is Bill Murray supposed to know that he’s a muslim? I don’t know the religious practices of every celebrity in the world so why would he?

  31. Themummy says:

    Another sensationalist story had line at CB. What is going on with these headlines these days? He did not pour alcohol on his head. He accidentally spilled some. And it wasn’t just the one person that he was toasting that way to. It was a stupid way to toast, absolutely, but he spilled the booze…he did not pour alcohol over anyone’s head intentionally. The headline makes it sound like he actually just walked up and dumped a glass of alcohol over his head. The headlines here lately often do not at all match the story once you click on it. That’s disappointing.

    • Raina says:

      Your comment stood out to me for some reason so I’ll respond in my own way of thinking…EVEN if it’s true that it was an accident…a non-story…we should appreciate the dialogue happening here. People learn from each other.
      I definitely do.
      I appreciate the comments; they enlighten me as to how others view issues. That is always a plus.
      I’m certainly not one for putting a person in a light that is undeserved, but the idea of being able to safely communicate with strangers and exchange beliefs make up for it. For me.

      I think Bill Murray is harmless, btw. And I love Ali.
      Even non-stories do some good.
      That said, I assume an apology is coming. Once you’re famous, you apologize. But I’d bet that no one in the story minded as much.

  32. Puravidacostarica says:

    Everything you need to know about Bill Murray’s behavior is in Bill Murray’s bulbous nose. The guy’s a raging alcoholic.

    • Raina says:

      What’s the nose have to do with it?
      Eh. I know plenty of noses that look like that and only drink Sprite.

  33. The Recluse says:

    I’m suspecting that Murray had a wee bit too much to drink that night – and more often than that on a regular basis.

  34. Julie Hoff says:

    I haven’t read all comments so this may be coals to Newcastle, but he is not a good egg. He lives part-time here in Charleston, co-owns the minor league baseball team and keeps a house downtown, I think. He and his then-wife and kids lived on Sullivan’s Island at one time. One day he beat and choked her, dragged her out into the yard (in front of their kids), and said, “I should kill you right now.” It was in the Charleston Post and Courier. When she filed charges he didn’t respond, but the divorce went through very quickly and records were sealed. But everyone thinks of him as this quirky, lovable guy.

    • Rebecca says:

      Wow. How come this wasn’t in National papers? It should have been. I’m surprised this hasn’t come up again. This is a guy who shouldn’t be presenting at awards shows.

  35. Meg says:

    I honestly didnt know members of that religion dont drink, bull murray may not have known

  36. A says:

    I can’t even imagine how awkward this must have been for Mahershala Ali omg. Having to let it roll off his back and deal with it, even though it must have been awful for him in the moment. YEESH. Some people go too far, I s2g.

    That being said, while there are lots of Muslims who don’t drink, there are actually a lot of Muslims for whom drinking is embedded in their culture (Iranians, for example). It’s really interesting how even this isn’t something that’s set in stone tbh. But Mahershala Ali clearly does not, and there are millions of people like him, and it doesn’t take a great deal to just be respectful at the end of the day.

  37. Margo Smith says:

    Bill Murray is a clown. I never knew what people saw in him. He’s horrible.

  38. Rebecca says:

    Bill Murray strikes me as that guy who thinks he’s the life of the party and obviously the funniest. If there is a person who doesn’t pay attention to him or laugh at his jokes, he has a problem with that person. If I had to guess, this is what probably happened with Lucy Lu. She didn’t find him funny and she didn’t laugh at his jokes so he targeted her.

    I had a boss like this. I ended up quitting that job because I couldn’t fake laugh anymore. He made everyone uncomfortable and didn’t have a clue.

  39. Tallia says:

    Mahershala Ali is such an incredibly talented human being and incredibly classy. I hate what he has had to deal with since VM has no filter and doesn’t think before he speaks. While I do not think BM meant this with an ill intent (people are toasted by raising a glass alcohol and not) he spilled a drink on Mahershala at the very least he should apologize.

  40. Barcelona says:

    I can’t stand Bill Murray, he seems like a drunken idiot.
    I see no genius at all, although I enjoy ” Groundhog Day “.
    Nothing wrong with being tipsy, but I do find drunk people disgusting.
    It seems to me that he wasn’t targeting Ali for any reason, because he did the same awful thing to the other actors, but his behavior is awful.
    Without the doubt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    But let’s not invent a story that somehow Murray was targeting Ali, because he is a Muslim, when Murray did the same to other actors.
    By the way, I really liked Ali in Hidden Figures, I see lots of potential.