German ISIS Supporters Started a Jihadi Social Media Campaign
As ISIS (The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) brings a horrifying brand of Islamo-fascism to large parts of Iraq with brutal efficiency, their European supporters are cheering them on to Baghdad with social media using the kind of meme-based clicktivism that would look more appropriate coming from facebook environmentalists or Twitter feminists than supporters of murderous extremists.
German ISIS fans created a Facebook campaign where other supporters of the terror group are invited to show their love for the caliphate by writing messages on cardboard signs and uploading them. The campaign, called “One Billion Muslims to Support the Islamic State,” is based around a simple premise, as one of the initiators explains:
“Just write ‘One Billion Muslims to Support the Islamic State’ on an individually designed piece of cardboard. Add your home country, in this case ‘Support from Germany,’ or some trademark of the country… This is an international campaign to thank the lions of our state… So get involved in shaa Allah! May Allah azza wa jall reward you, amin.“
This was the initiator’s post, complete with what looks like a font that is somehow worse than comic sans. The campaign is still very far from its ambitious goal of one billion posts, which they are hoping to reach today. Apart from some brothers in France and Austria, I have been unable to find any evidence that the campaign actually went international.
Still, a decent amount of German Jihadis took part. Their posts pretty much all included the ISIS logo. Often there would also be Arabic hashtags, like “#Dawla Islamiyya” or just “#Dawla,” meaning “The Islamic State” and “#Bi ithnallah,” meaning “By God’s will.”
While the written content was fairly uniform, German ISIS fans unleashed their creativity to support “their lions.“
Just because it’s a holy war doesn’t mean you can’t throw some color in there, right?
The most popular Slendervlogs have viewer counts well into six figures, many of them likely to be old children or young adults, and we don’t see hundreds of kids taking to the woods with kitchen knives… or at least not outside of the fevered imaginations of Daily Mail hacks. Whatever happened to these two children to make them into killers was almost entirely unique to their particular circumstances.
Nothing on these sites told them to kill a child; they decided that for themselves, and the truth is we have absolutely no idea why.
—Don’t Blame Slender Man for the School Girl Stabbling
Have you had any bad reactions over the photos since they came out?
Yeah, because you guys in the media are saying it was a photo-shoot. This simply isn’t true and I’m very, very offended. So many people were taking pictures of the devastation, so why do people say that I was trying to get some kind of advantage out of this?
It’s because you put the sex appeal on me. That’s down to you. It’s the media who think I’m sexy, so they’re putting that on me.
Do you think the main problem is just that you’re sexier than all the ugly people who’ve been in other photos?
Unfortunately, yes. People look at me and they see a beautiful woman. This isn’t the first time this has happened to me, either. It’s very bad and so unfair. I really hope that people stop having these preconceptions of me. Just because I’m beautiful and have loads of sex appeal, it doesn’t mean that I’m a bad person. It’s not my fault that you see the pictures and you think I’m beautiful or sexy.
Lisa “Left Eye” Kudrow
This weekend, I was linked to the David Cam’ron tumblr page on no less than seven occasions. A link frequency I haven’t seen since #Kony. For those of you that are somehow, despite the name of the tumblr and the image above, unable to work it out, the blog is images of David Cameron and the rapper Cam’ron, spliced together using an image editing program that the kids on the street are calling “Photoshop.”
As someone who generally works quite hard on the content I create, I was pleasantly surprised by the ease with which “a hit” can be created. So I decided to have a shot at creating my own rapper-and-someone-who-is-not-a-rapper memes. If one of these hasn’t been made into a book to be sold at Urban Outfitters by Christmas, I’m going to be VERY upset.
Andre (The Seal) 3000
LL Cool JJ72
Missy Elliot (the kid from ET)
50 Centator John McCain
And here’s some other stuff that I thought of that I’m too lazy to make:
Eve (like biblical Eve, but also like the rapper Eve)
Iggy Azealia Banks
Ice Cuba Gooding Jr
Project Pat Butcher
Steve Tyler, The Creator