‘Muslim Rage’ Explodes On Twitter, But In A Funny Way (Yes, Really)

Reaction to the Innocence of Muslims film and the violence it sparked has ranged from confusion and anger to the fear of possible reprisals against religious groups. And now, on Twitter, at least, humor has managed to coalesce around an unlikely hashtag: #muslimrage.

Inspired by the all-caps headline “MUSLIM RAGE” on this week’s cover of Newsweek, irreverent tweeters who happen to be Muslim are giving a glimpse of what really ticks them off — or at least, what makes them irate enough to make a joke.

Here are a few examples:

  • “I’m having such a good hair day. No one even knows. #MuslimRage” — Hend (retweeted 2900 times).
  • Lost your kid Jihad at the airport. Can’t yell for him. #MuslimRage — Leila (retweeted 1000 times).
  • “When you realize that if you have a 5 o’clock shadow it can be deemed a security threat.” — Taufiq Rahim.
  • “#muslimrage when you order halal chicken and find out the chef cooked it in alcohol!” — Hassan Sultan.
  • “You go to a football watch party and all these is to eat is pepperoni pizza and beer battered chicken wings #MuslimRage” — Waliya.
  • “i dont feel any rage….does that mean i am not muslim?#someonegetmeadrink #MuslimRage ” — Ramah Kudaimi.

The hashtag was meant to host a rather more serious discussion sparked by a Newsweek feature written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, describing “how she survived Muslim rage—and how we can end it.”

But it seems there is no consensus on just what incites rage these days. People also submitted images to Twitter to make their points — or, actually, jokes — as you can see below:

My camel doesn’t want to wear seat belt. #muslimragepic.twitter.com/hx5N0LH2

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