Late Show Fencing Challenge: Stephen vs. Ibtihaj Muhammad


MY NEXT GUEST IS A FENCING
CHAMPION WHO WAS RECENTLY NAMED ONE OF TIME’S 100 MOST
INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE OF 2016. THIS SUMMER AT RIO, SHE WILL
BECOME THE FIRST AMERICAN ATHLETE TO COMPETE IN THE
OLYMPICS WEARING A HIJAB. PLEASE WELCOME, IBTIHAJ
MUHAMMAD! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. COME ON UP. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
♪ ♪ ♪ THANKS VERY MUCH. CONGRATULATIONS ON “TIME 100.” CONGRATULATIONS ON GOING TO RIO. ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT THE GAMES?>>THANK YOU SO MUCH. YES, I UPON EXCITED.>>Stephen: NOT WORRIED ABOUT
THE ZIKA VIRUS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT?>>I’M GOING NO MATTER WHAT.>>Stephen: ALL RIGHT, GOOD. AS I SAID, YOU’RE THE FIRST
AMERICAN ATHLETE TO EVER COMPETE IN A HIJAB. WHAT IS THE HIJAB AND WHAT DOES
IT MEAN TO YOU?>>SO HIJAB IN ARABIC LITERALLY
MEANS TO COVER. SO WOMEN WHO OBSERVE THE HIJAB,
COVER EVERYTHING EXCEPT THEIR FACE AND THEIR HANDS.>>Stephen: IS IT AT ALL
TIMES? WHEN CAN YOU TAKE IT OFF?>>WHEN I GET HOME WHEN I’M WITH
MY, LIKE, FRIENDS AND FAMILY, WHEN I’M HOME.>>Stephen: I HAVE A SHOT
RIGHT HERE OF YOU WITH THE FIRST LADY SWORD FIGHTING WITH FOAM
SWORDS. ( LAUGHTER )
THEY WOULDN’T GET YOU GO AT THE FIRST LADY WITH AN ACTUAL METAL
SWORD? THEY WOULDN’T LET THAT HAPPEN?>>I BROUGHT IT, AND SECRET
SERVICE TOOK IT FROM ME, SO, YEAH.>>Stephen: DID YOU REALLY?>>NO. ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: HOW DID YOU GET
INTO FENCING?>>YOU KNOW, GROWING UP I PLAYED
A TON OF DIFFERENT SPORTS. MY PARENTS ALWAYS ENCOURAGED US,
YOU KNOW, TO BE INVOLVED IN SPORTS FROM A YOUNG AGE. AND MY PARENTS ALWAYS HAD TO
CHANGE THE UNIFORM. AS A MUSLIM KID WHO WOR A HIJAB,
I WOULD HAVE TO HAVE LONG SLEEVES WHEN MY TEAMMATES WORE
SHORT SLEEVES –>>FOR BASKETBALL OR THINGS LIKE
THAT.>>YES, I RAN TRACK, AND
VOLLEYBALL, AND MY TEAMMATES WORE TIGHTS AND I WORE SWEAT
PANTS. SO WITH FENCEY MY MOTHER SAW
THEY WERE COVERED AND WANTED ME TO DO IT.>>Stephen: AS A MUSLIM
AMERICAN WHEN COMPETING IN THE OLYMPICS, WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU
HOPE COMPETING IN THE HIJAB, SENDS TO YOUNG MUSLIM AMERICANS
AND AMERICANS IN GENERAL?>>YOU KNOW, I REMEMBER AS A KID
BEING TOLD I COULDN’T DO THINGS BECAUSE I WAS AFRICAN AMERICAN
OR BECAUSE I WAS MUSLIM. AND I THINK THAT WE HAVE IN– IN
OUR SOCIETY, WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO HAVE MISCONCEPTIONS, ABOUT
MUSLIMS, IN PARTICULAR, RIGHT NOW. AND I WANT THO CHALLENGE THOSE
MISCONCEPTIONS AND SHOW PEOPLE THAT, YOU KNOW, MUSLIMS ARE
PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETY HERE, AND, YOU KNOW, WE
DO A LOT OF THINGS, INCLUDING, YOU KNOW, PARTICIPATING IN THE
OLYMPICS FOR TEAM U.S.A. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: HOW WOULD YOU FEEL– HOW COULD YOU FEEL TO
COMPETE AGAINST SOMEONE WHO KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT FENCING? BECAUSE I WOULD LOVE TO GIVE IT
A TRY.>>I’M SO EXCITED. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: ALL RIGHT, CAN WE DO IT NOW?>>YES, LET’S GO. JIM, LET’S GO TO THE FENCING. AND HERE WE ARE READY TO FENCE. IF YOU’LL JOIN ME OVER HERE. ALL RIGHT, NOW. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
OKAY, SO WE’RE GOING TO FENCE. WHAT ARE THE RULES? WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?>>SO I’M A SABER FENCER.>>Stephen: THIS IS A SABER.>>BEST WEAPON. DON’T LET ANYONE TELL YOU
DIFFERENT. TARGET AWARE IS FROM THE WAIST
UP.>>Stephen: WAIST UP, GOOD TO
HEAR. WE USE SLASHING MOTIONS MOTIONS
TO SCORE TOUCHES. SO IF I HIT YOU, THE RED LIGHT
GOES ON. AND IF YOU HIT ME, THE GREEN
LIGHT COMES ON.>>Stephen: AWESOME, ALL
RIGHT. THAT THING’S GOING TO FLASH LIKE
A STROBE WHEN I COME AT YOU. BE CAREFUL. WE’RE READY TO ROCK?>>WE’RE READY TO GO. DO YOU WANT TO FENCE TO FIVE.>>Stephen: BEST OF FIVE.>>BEST OF FIVE, ALL RIGHT.>>Stephen: GOOD LUCK.>>I’M WISHING YOU LUCK, MY
FRIEND.>>Stephen: HERE WE GO. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( LAUGHTER )( CHEERS )
SO YOU JUST HAVE TO TOUCH.
THAT’S IT.>>ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GET
THAT LIGHT ON. GOOD LUCK.>>Stephen: HOW CLOSE DO WE
GET BEFORE WE START?>>LET’S START AT THESE LINES. WE CAN START HERE. HERE IS GOOD.>>Stephen: WE HAVEN’T STARTED
YET?>>I’LL LET YOU KNOW.>>WHEN I SAY “FENCE,” YOU
START. FENCE. YOU’VE GOT TO TRY TO HIT ME.>>Stephen: OH! OKAY, THAT’S ONE.>>SO THAT WAS RED.>>Stephen: I KNOW IT WAS. YOU’VE GOT TO GET YOUR LIGHT ON. READY? FENCE.>>Stephen: OH! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>READY, FENCE. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).>>OH!>>Stephen: DO YOU NEED A
BREATHER? DO YOU NEED A BREATHER?>>DID YOU CHECK SCORE?>>Stephen: YES. OH, THAT IS ( BLEEP ).>>READY, FENCE?>>Stephen: WAIT! YOU DID NOT TOUCH ME! THERE’S NO WAY YOU TOUCHED ME.>>ALL RIGHT, ALL RIGHT.>>Stephen: OH, THE FIX IS IN! ONE MORE.>>READY, FENCE? OH. IBTIHAJ. IBTIHAJ MUHAMMAD! UNITED STATES OLYMPIC FENCING
TEAM. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH.

100 Replies to “Late Show Fencing Challenge: Stephen vs. Ibtihaj Muhammad

  1. I'M NOT MUSLIM BUT I LIKE THAT SHE PROUD IN WHAT SHE BELIEVE IN..
    IN SPITE OF EVERY THING..SUCH AN AMBITIOUS WOMAN~♡

  2. Wow so much hate and ignorance and I'm not surprised 🙂 Ibtihaj Muhammad you're beautiful and well-spoken and strong and making us muslim women proud. You go girl ??

  3. Ibtihaj Muhammad You're truly changing the western mis-Misconception of muslim women. Hijab isn't an obstruction, it doesn't prevent us do what other women do. Greetings from Kuwait ??♥️

  4. hey i love her she is my favorite her personality is so awesome btw her eyes are so pretty i am in love with the shape of ur eyes;)

  5. The Muslim Brotherhood is the one who spread Islam as a political ideology. Also the one to spin Hijab as a choice. It's not a choice if you get stoned for not wearing it. It's also a security problem anywhere in the world because your hiding your face like a ninja. It is also UGLY as FK! What do people see when they walk into Suadi? A bunch of slaves covered in black with barely their eyes showing.

  6. THESE COMMENTS ARE ACTUALLY SO CRUEL THAT IMA HAVE TO THROW SOME KNOWLEDGE. PLEASE IF U WANT TO REALLY KNOW WHAT THE RELIGION ISLAM IS ALL ABOUT PLEASE KEEP READING.

    I am a female Muslim and I love my religion with all my heart and I'll tell u why. Islam is the path of tranquility, the path to a peaceful lifestyle, and a Journey to Gannah(heaven). A Muslim women covers themselves to protect her beauty and show modesty for their future loved one. A Muslim women can also play sports, become surgeons, lawyers, judge, and WHY NOT PRESIDENT. It's not like we are forced to stay in a kitchen or take care of kids, we can take on a men's role as well or even harder. These racist comments and the "jokes" I read about this beautiful Muslim athlete are so rude and do NOT compare her to those heartless murders aka ISIS. PLEASE KEEP THIS IN MINED THAT THEY ARE NOT CONSIDERED MUSLIM AT ALL. I Mean they kill, don't pray for Allah, cut off heads of kids and men & women, others horrible stuff. WHAT THEY ARE DOING DOES NOT REPRESENT ISLAM AT ALL. I want wars to stop, I want people to stop dying, I want everyone to understands others religion or culture choices. I want world peace, and I know I'm not alone. Amen ❤️

  7. I'm a Muslim in high school and I'm not forced to wear a hijab most of my class are Muslims and none are wearing a hijab but I respect girls who do

  8. i have two cousins with the same first name. they are both boys. why does she have a boy's name?
    or is it used for both genders?

  9. Stupid black woman doesn't even realize that Muslims over in the middle east don't even recognize them as being one, all she is trying to do is be different Muslim my ass she born was in the USA.

  10. The Hijab is a Muslim woman’s guard against rape
    A female must wear a Hijib because to Muslim men her entire body is a “SEX ORGAN”
    This means if any part of her body is exposed, then it is her fault if she is raped.
    Hijabs in the nation of Islam are to be worn from the age of 11. However recent calls from Saudi clerics are now suggesting hijabs should be worn by girls over two years of age also, in order to safeguard the child from being raped.

  11. She chose to wear hijab what is the problem!! thier alot of girl don't want cover their body and think that is the right thing no one says anything like if you don't wear a clothes you look like animals even now people dress thier dog and cat

  12. This hijab is considered Islam if you are not Muslim. Please do not say your opinion because this is the Islamic religion and not your religion until you speak about it.

  13. 99 percent of fencers who aren't muslim are getting real pissed. This has nothing to do with fencing and everything to do with someone doing something whilst wearing an islamic garment that hides her "shameful" hair.

    Respect to all the fencers out there that society doesn't give a fuck about. By the way just because Muslims are a minority in the US doesn't mean they're not THE SECOND BIGGEST RELIGIOUS GROUP IN THE WORLD. Geez.

  14. Stephen Colbert: your band is acting like a bunch of ignorant fools when they play silly 'ethnic' sounding music. It's offensive on many levels. Educate your staff – and yourself, for that matter!

  15. Being Muslim is the thing I am proud of the news are a lie, in the Quran ( holy book of islam) it states that a true Muslim prays 5 times a day and shall never kill any whom or thing or animal,peace is what Islam is made of this isis shit is ppl who want Islam to be over because they are disbelievers and rude people. Geez the world

  16. So why aren't we asking the Christian athlete's the same questions? Why isn't it brave for a Christian athlete or actor or other famous person to talk about their faith in public? It's not. It's frowned upon and even discouraged. Why is it such a big deal for her to observe her faith? I don't care what religion you follow, be fair and treat them the same. I guess she checked all the right boxes.

  17. She seems like she is what she says she is; however, the Muslims involved in the Bosnian war were straight up assholes and nobody here would want to befriend people like that. Also there’s the bit in their Koran about killing all people that doesn’t follow the Koran.

    I’m not convinced their just here going about their lives and they want the same things we want. Let Muslims get their numbers (population up) and see how they are. I heard the stories of the war from Orthodox Christian refugees from Bosnia. It will be a fatal mistake to completely drop your guard around Muslims.

  18. Fencing is like arm wrestling, you don't hear much about it as a competitive sport, but it's way more entertaining than you'd think.

  19. Hey Colbert, when are you going to interview the women in Islam who are jailed, have acid thrown in their face, are raped, or knifed in the face when they refuse to wear a hijab?
    Why are you celebrating oppression, Colbert?

  20. I wonder if she knows that when she salutes her opponents and the judge, when she brings the sabre handle up to her face in the salute, she is kissing the cross. In Western Civilization the sword has long been the symbol of a cross. When fencers or opponents met to fence or fight, the would salute each other out of respect and kiss the cross because they may have been about to die.

  21. I feel sorry for women who think that the less they wear, the classier they are. They suffer so much just to go with the flow of what the media portrays as beautiful. Now THAT'S oppression.

  22. FALSE NEWS. "best weapon", no. Sincerely, epee fencer. Though always fun to see any kind of fencing get attention.

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