Stacey Eden, 23, an Australian news personality, encountered an incident of racism when on a train in Sydney, as a woman was harassing a Muslim couple, who was on the train with their 3-year-old child. The man calmly tried to educate the bully, but she wouldn’t let up. That’s when Stacey stepped up.
“If you’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything. It’s simple.”
Eden has been widely praised for her defense, but Hafeez Bhatti, the man who was harassed with his wife and 3-year-old child, wants people to know that before Eden began recording, he tried to “calmly” and “politely” talk to the racist stranger, who can be heard in the video associating Bhatti’s family with ISIS and accusing Bhatti’s kids of “beheading people.”
Bhatti described the incident saying: “At some point, a lady in a red shirt came into the train in and just put her hand on my wife’s head,” Bhatti said. “She asked my wife, Khalida, why she was wearing that scarf, saying it was too hot. Then she sat across us and kept going.”
Stacey filmed the exchange and posted it on Facebook page, kicking off a broader debate about Islamophobia in Australia.