Image from a tweet featured by the Huffington Post
Sorry, I meant to publish this the other day, but I got distracted. Both the Huffington post and CBS News covered this, and both had a slightly different take on it. I couldn’t decide which one to spot light here, so I’m going to mention them both.
Here’s the Huffington posts story about this, This Is How People In The Middle East Are Making Fun Of ISIS
In recent weeks, dozens of humorous campaigns ridiculing the extremist militants have emerged on Twitter and Facebook. While some blast such humor as insensitive and inappropriate, others defend satire as a way to push back at the Islamic State’s intimidation tactics.
“Sometimes, you have to mock, to belittle. Because sometimes, belittlement is your enemy’s greatest fear,” Libyan-American writer Hend Amry wrote on Twitter.
Amry was responding to critics of a #ISISMovies, a hashtag that briefly took off in mid-August riffing off popular film titles to mock the Islamic State militants
And here’s the CBS news commentary, One weapon against ISIS brutality emerges in Arab world: Satire
BAGHDAD - The bumbling young militant first drops the rocket launcher on the toes of his boss before taking aim and firing toward a military checkpoint outside of an Iraqi town - not realizing he’s fired it backward at his leader.
The “Looney Tunes”-style cartoon targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL) group comes after its militants have swept across large swaths of Syria and Iraq, declaring their own self-styled caliphate while conducting mass shootings of their prisoners. The group cheers its advances and beheadings in slickly produced Internet videos.
In response, television networks across the Middle East have begun airing cartoons and comedy programs using satire to criticize the group and its claims of representing Islam. And while not directly confronting the group’s battlefield gains, the shows challenge the legitimacy of its claims and chip away at the fear some have that the Islamic militants are unstoppable.
“These people are not a true representation of Islam and so by mocking them, it is a way to show that we are against them,” said Nabil Assaf, one of the producers and writers of Lebanon’s “Ktir Salbe Show,” which has challenged the group. “Of course it’s a sensitive issue, but this is one way to reject extremism and make it so the people are not afraid.”
This a positive sign. It shows, among other things, that there is still plenty of opposition to these violent extremist nut jobs in the region. Hopefully ISIS won’t be able to hold onto power too much longer. Best case scenario, the tide will start to turn against them, very soon, and in the meantime they won’t be able to harm any of the people lampooning them. Either way, we can be certain that ISIS militants hate this. The more opposition to these violent religious fanatics there is, the better.
As a side note, I can’t help but wonder how our counter Jihad “friends” will respond to this. If you listen to people like Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer you might think that pretty much all Muslims out there support ISIS.