The video has circulated Social Media Since Saturday, Louis Smith has since apologized for the video and to Muslims claiming that he is not a racist and that he has hit the lowest point in his career.
The 27-year-old British Olympic Medal winning Gymnast, Louis Smith, and his friend and fellow Gymnasts Luke Carson, 26, recorded themselves mocking the Muslim prayer by pulling a carpet off the wall and recording themselves kneeling then prostrate on it multiple times whilst speaking nonsensical Arabic phrases. The elderly lady tries to stop Luke from ridiculing the Islamic Prayer, she tells the drunken duo, "You are not funny."
He has since made a public apology and posted it on his Instagram, he states "I recognize the severity of my mistake and hope it can be used as an example of how important it is to respect others at all times."
He has made a public apology in an interview with the Mirror, "I want to apologise to everyone in the Muslim community; to people that were offended, even to those that weren’t. I’m sorry for the people who looked up to me, to my fans and friends and family who are so disappointed." He went on to say,"I’ve worked my whole career to make people proud of me and I’m ashamed to have let everyone down. People who don’t know me will see this video and think I’m a racist. The truth is I’m not."
Will Muslims forgive him? In all honesty, it doesn't matter if Muslims forgive him or not. Muslims being an alienated minority, have a marginalized voice in British society, making the actions of Louis Smith worse. Ultimately, Louis Smith will be forgiven when the media decides he should be not when Muslims do.