Australian Muslim comedian, actor and radio presenter, Nazeem Hussain is currently starring as one of the celebrities in the third season of Network Ten’s reality TV Show, “I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!”
Well known for starring in Salam Cafe and his critically acclaimed show, Legally Brown, Nazeem, 31, along with nine other competitors is spending over a month in the South African jungle living off a very basic diet of beans and rice.
They will be competing in challenging tasks in order to make it through and ultimately win $100,000 for their chosen charity.
Nazeem’s chosen charity is InTouch: the Multicultural Centre for Family Violence.
Nazeem is heading into the show with the intention to get to know the different types of people and to learn from the experience.
“I want to understand other people from other backgrounds and beliefs,” Nazeem said said.
“I think so many of the problems in Australia could be overcome if we actually shut up for a second and listened. I know I’ll learn a lot from this experience and I know that, especially young people, we tend to hang out with people who are like us,” he further added.
Aside from reports of a bromance with footballer Dane Swan, in Episode 2, Steve Price and Nazeem have already gone head to head as Steve confronts Nazeem on his distorted views on Islam.
“I dont understand why Muslim women are required by their men to cover up,” asked Price.
“They’re not. What are you talking about? I’m not going to talk to people on behalf of all women!” Nazeem responded cleverly.
After the confrontation, Nazeem mentioned a teaching of the Prophet Muhammad about calming down after being angry.
“If you’re angry, sit down. If you’re still angry, you should lie down” said Nazeem as he lay down on his bed.
Earlier, he jokingly said during the show in Episode 1,
“If Donald Trump can be president after being on reality TV, well you are looking at the first Muslim Prime Minister.”
On Islam and Muslims, Nazeem said,”To be honest, most people have issues with Islam when they have never really met a Muslim. Hopefully if people like me in camp, the whole Islam thing is not even a thing. For me the whole non-Muslim thing isn’t a thing. I am happy to be friends with whoever. Hopefully they will like me. One of the reasons I like this show is you actually get to see real Australians from all different backgrounds, sexual orientations, religious beliefs and experiences and age groups come together and genuinely talk about their different lives.”
Nazeem Hussain had plenty to comment on One Nation leader Pauline Hanson for her dog-whistle politics.
“I want to understand other people from other backgrounds and beliefs. I think so many of the problems in Australia could be overcome if we actually shut up for a second and listened,” he said.
He further added, “instead the loudest people get the most votes. Pauline Hanson got half a million votes and she just says the most incendiary, nonsensical, sensationalist shit.
In his comedy roles Nazeem has touched on race relations and racism in Australia, political and Islamic humour, Islamophobia and social commentary.