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SXSW outrage: US Fencing Team member asked to remove hijab

Twitter's ablaze with outrage after U.S. Fencing Team member  Ibtihaj Muhammad said she was asked to remove her hijab at SXSW in Austin.

UPDATE: A statement from SXSW via @ChicagoBlueSky indicates the person involved was a volunteer who has been relieved of duty: "It is not our policy that a hijab or any religious head covering be removed in order to pick up a SXSW badge. This was one volunteer who made an insensitive request and that person has been removed for the duration of the event. We are embarrassed by this and have apologized to Ibtihaj in person, and sincerely regret this incident.”

The image with Ibtihaj Muhammad's pinned tweet encourages followers, "Chase your dreams until your dreams become your reality #RoadtoRio #TeamUSA "

Not only was the Olympic hopeful asked to lose her religious head covering, she ended up with the wrong creds:

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So far her updates have been retweeted about 4,000 times - sure to catch festival organizers' attention. We'll keep an eye out for updates, or an official response.

For now here's some of the commentary the incident has sparked:

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