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Rami Malek became the first Egyptian to win Best Actor, on Sunday night in Los Angeles, when he collected the academy award for his role in the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

His acceptance speech specifically addressed the struggles he faced with his identity,  growing up as a first generation America. He directed “anyone struggling with theirs, trying to figure out his own voice” to celebrate the his victory.

Furthermore, it wasn’t the first time Rami stated the difficulties of fitting during his upbringing.

“Tonight we celebrate him; his story. It’s proof that we are longing for stories like this.”

Many adolescents in the region struggle with their identities. Torn between the norms of the West and the traditions of the East, we are hopeful that Rami’s breakthrough will become a stepping stone for individuals in the Middle East to pursue more courageous statements to the world.

It about time we took a moment to appreciate an outstanding acceptance speech, delivered to the world and, specifically to the Middle East. His iconic achievement will forever be remembered.