Islamphobes Now Passing Off Afghanistan as Dearborn, Michigan
Today in bigotry, a photo of protesters against Karzai’s regime in Afghanistan has been reduced in resolution, captioned “Dearbornistan, Michigan,” and reshared by numerous right-wing Facebook pages and blogs.
The European Pressphoto Association original:
A partial list of people who shared this with the fake caption:
- the Eagle is Rising (FB, report if you wish)
- this bizarre pro-Israel blog (NOTE: there is no proof this blog has anything to do with Israel or is even run by Jewish people, don’t be dumb, this post itself should inform you that believing things on the Internet without evidence is hazardous to your IQ)
- Prepared to Take America Back (FB, report if you wish)
- American Islamic Resistance (FB, report if you wish)
- Jews News (again, don’t take this as an excuse to be an anti-Semite, impersonating a racial/religious/ethnic group and being an ass is a common bigot tactic online)
- This person on Twitter
- And this one
- These people on G+
And at this point I’m tired of looking for more, but the Google Image Search has plenty.
Reminder: Even assholes are human and ratcheting up the overall level of anger in discourse is something that, while occasionally necessary, is best left to leaders who are also presenting a constructive alternative. I don’t condone any kind of bullying or general Internet nastiness. I support letting these people know (and any others you find) they’ve shared a fake photo, but please refrain from cursing them out. Not that I’m in charge around here or anything, but if you care about my opinion, I prefer to be an agent of meanness-reduction than meanness-redirection online.
Reminder 2: The reason this is important is that slandering American Muslims ENDANGERS PEOPLE. Hate crimes happen. Please spread the word this is fake. Visit Muslims for America to learn about real American Muslims.
Q:Okay, I'm not Native American, but I've seen a lot of people use the term "spirit animal" and I always thought it was appropriation (it is, right?), but I'm not sure if I should say anything to these people using the term when they shouldn't be?
Don’t say spirit animal it’s offensive to Native Americans and appropriation
I say this all the time. I did not realize until right now how offensive it is. I’m sorry and will need to work on that shit.
Damnit woman get your shit together.
Good replacement is “my patronus.” As in, Sen. Amidala is totally my patronus!
Hmm… does replacing appropriation with Harry Potter *always* work? If so, can I trade Katy Perry off in exchange for Sirius Black?
Just a little under 31 years ago, I played a key role in a conspiracy theory that grew up around a passenger plane downed by a Russian missile. Trust me, I did not mean to be involved.
On September 1, 1983, Korean Airlines flight 007, a Boeing 747 with 269 passengers, was shot down over the…
I was shooting heroin and reading “The Fountainhead” in the front seat of my privately owned police cruiser when a call came in. I put a quarter in the radio to activate it. It was the chief.
“Bad news, detective. We got a situation.”
“What? Is the mayor trying to ban trans fats again?”
“Worse. Somebody just stole four hundred and forty-seven million dollars’ worth of bitcoins.”
The heroin needle practically fell out of my arm. “What kind of monster would do something like that? Bitcoins are the ultimate currency: virtual, anonymous, stateless. They represent true economic freedom, not subject to arbitrary manipulation by any government. Do we have any leads?”
“Not yet. But mark my words: we’re going to figure out who did this and we’re going to take them down … provided someone pays us a fair market rate to do so.”
“Easy, chief,” I said. “Any rate the market offers is, by definition, fair.”
He laughed. “That’s why you’re the best I got, Lisowski. Now you get out there and find those bitcoins.”
“Don’t worry,” I said. “I’m on it.”
I put a quarter in the siren. Ten minutes later, I was on the scene. It was a normal office building, strangled on all sides by public sidewalks. I hopped over them and went inside.
“Home Depot™ Presents the Police!®” I said, flashing my badge and my gun and a small picture of Ron Paul. “Nobody move unless you want to!” They didn’t.
“Now, which one of you punks is going to pay me to investigate this crime?” No one spoke up.
“Come on,” I said. “Don’t you all understand that the protection of private property is the foundation of all personal liberty?”
It didn’t seem like they did.
“Seriously, guys. Without a strong economic motivator, I’m just going to stand here and not solve this case. Cash is fine, but I prefer being paid in gold bullion or autographed Penn Jillette posters.”
Nothing. These people were stonewalling me. It almost seemed like they didn’t care that a fortune in computer money invented to buy drugs was missing.
I figured I could wait them out. I lit several cigarettes indoors. A pregnant lady coughed, and I told her that secondhand smoke is a myth. Just then, a man in glasses made a break for it.
“Subway™ Eat Fresh and Freeze, Scumbag!®” I yelled.
Too late. He was already out the front door. I went after him.
“Stop right there!” I yelled as I ran. He was faster than me because I always try to avoid stepping on public sidewalks. Our country needs a private-sidewalk voucher system, but, thanks to the incestuous interplay between our corrupt federal government and the public-sidewalk lobby, it will never happen.
I was losing him. “Listen, I’ll pay you to stop!” I yelled. “What would you consider an appropriate price point for stopping? I’ll offer you a thirteenth of an ounce of gold and a gently worn ‘Bob Barr ‘08’ extra-large long-sleeved men’s T-shirt!”
He turned. In his hand was a revolver that the Constitution said he had every right to own. He fired at me and missed. I pulled my own gun, put a quarter in it, and fired back. The bullet lodged in a U.S.P.S. mailbox less than a foot from his head. I shot the mailbox again, on purpose.
“All right, all right!” the man yelled, throwing down his weapon. “I give up, cop! I confess: I took the bitcoins.”
“Why’d you do it?” I asked, as I slapped a pair of Oikos™ Greek Yogurt Presents Handcuffs® on the guy.
“Because I was afraid.”
“Afraid of an economic future free from the pernicious meddling of central bankers,” he said. “I’m a central banker.”
I wanted to coldcock the guy. Years ago, a central banker killed my partner. Instead, I shook my head.
“Let this be a message to all your central-banker friends out on the street,” I said. “No matter how many bitcoins you steal, you’ll never take away the dream of an open society based on the principles of personal and economic freedom.”
He nodded, because he knew I was right. Then he swiped his credit card to pay me for arresting him.
20,000 notes later—I have 250 messages waiting for me. I have about 300 disqus comments I haven’t looked at. My post is on reddit. Something called r/tumblrinaction. Men are saying that they are disappointed in me. That I drank the feminist Kool-aid.
To all those men mad at…
So I noticed Edward Snowden and John Green (author of The Fault in Our Stars) really kind of REALLY look alike.
Snowden walks among us, controlling young minds through YA fiction!
Alt: John Green boasts superspy alter ego!
Snowden revelations just YA novelist’s research project?
I WANT THE TRUTH!
Hey kid. You’re at an age where I’m pretty sure you’re about to have sex soon, or actually, you might even already be having it and you’re just *that* good at keeping it from me. I don’t really fret over that because I trust you. And because I trust myself and the job I’ve done as your…
The fake Boondocks Twitter is basically the worst Twitter ever and that’s almost a good thing
The amount of NOPE occurring related to The Boondocks is already at an all time high. The hijacking of The Boondocks Facebook page (to which I shall not link) is a NOPE. The making of a Season 4 without Aaron McGruder? So far beyond NOPE that this gif should probably be retired in memory of the level of NOPEness associated with ever, EVER watching even the trailer for “Season 4” of “The Boondocks,” which is now more like “the thing that is demonstrating in live technicolor action exactly what The Boondocks tried to fucking warn us all about.”
That being the case, I must report with cautious optimism that:
1) The fake-ass Twitter account established by Adult Swim thieves and charlatans (and yes, it’s official) has a whole 102 followers at the time of this writing:
2) It’s pretty much the worst excuse for an official brand Twitter that’s ever seen the light of day. I mean, it’s so off-brand that I pretty much think it’s some asshole producer’s Benz-driving 16-year-old son who stuffed the Boondocks DVDs dad/mom gave him under his bed and went back to watching PornoTube on his iPad Air, and still hasn’t seen a single episode or read a single comic.
I mean look at this.
No, wages-of-theft-accepting-social-media-manager. You didn’t even watch that episode. You have a list on IMDB of show quotes that you are just attaching to random tweets that have something to do with black people existing and having a birthday.
LOOK AT THIS SHIT SOME MORE:
What. The. Fuck. Does. That. Have. To. Do. With. Anything.
Yes, it’s a clip from the show. It’s a line, from a show that you actually have to WATCH to get WHY this line happened. It’s far, far, FAR from the best line on that show. And it’s not even really a punch line. It’s a piece of slightly amusing dialogue from an episode that led up to an entirely unrelated denouement.
LOOK AT THIS SHIT YET A THIRD TIME:
For those who don’t recall, “Homies Over Hoes" appeared in "The Story of Gangstalicious, Part 2,” which led to a poignant scene in which gay rapper Gangstalicious’s attempt to come out is first misinterpreted as a bro-dom anthem, then leads to rejection and heartbreak, and ends with ‘Lish sadly returning to the closet by denying his sexuality to a shaken-to-the-core Riley Freeman, who has long been in denial about witnessing Gangstalicious kissing a man.
There literally is not a hashtag from the show that anyone who has ever loved Huey Freeman the way that Boondocks fans love Huey Freeman would be LESS likely to use to unironically thank a fan for a retweet than #HomiesOverHoes.
And, of course, there’s the nonsensical, offensive, and just awful tweet that Vice highlighted:
THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SAINT PADDY’S DAY YOU FUCKS
AND GOOD GOD DO NOT LET ANYONE BUT AARON MCGRUDER EVER EVER EVER BE UNCLE RUCKUS EVER
I MEAN IT
IF NOT OUT OF MORAL FIBER, THEN AT LEAST BECAUSE YOU CAN NO LONGER BLAME AARON MCGRUDER FOR THE SHIT THAT COMES OUT OF RUCKUS’S CARTOON MOUTH
I’ll stop yelling.
THIS IS A GOOD THING.
You know why?
1) It means they couldn’t get any fan of the show anywhere to accept money to usurp Aaron McGruder. This is clearly not a Boondocks fan. This is, as I said, some producer’s 16-year-old son who slacked off on even watching the DVDs they handed him. You know how hard you have to try NOT to be able to find ONE fan of an enormously popular cartoon who wants to work for the show badly enough to take almost anything? Pretty damn hard. Kudos, Boondocks fans — apparently every single one of us is strong enough in the brainparts not to take blood money.
2) It’s a damn good signal that this fake-ass, stolen Boondocks is gonna fail and fail hard enough to ensure that this never happens again. A lot of lawyers probably got paid a lot to wrestle the rights away from Aaron McGruder through some obscure contract clause, get Facebook to turn over the official show page without the creator’s consent, and gag Aaron to the extent that he can’t talk about it (hopefully because of the massive lawsuit that I only pray he is preparing). And then there’s the cost of actually making a whole ‘nother season and advertising it. And they can’t even get the vibe of the show right, or even SEMI right, on Twitter. And they have 102 followers.
And Aaron McGruder got nearly 7 million on Facebook, by posting some honest, real stuff about current events and some actually on-message, intelligent show-related information.
By comparison, the people with a nearly-unlimited budget, enough so that their army of lawyers took the show away from its creator successfully and made a whole McGruder-less season, have 102 followers on Twitter.
They’re just not good at this. They’re just really, really, really not good at this.
If you’re going to blatantly steal intellectual property from an immensely popular creative genius and shut him out of his own creation, it’s going to go badly for you unless you do it so, so, SO damn well that nobody can be mad at you because being mad at you would mean being mad at the existence of something they really love. And all indications point to this being exactly the opposite of what FakeBoondocks is doing.
And that means FakeBoondocks is going down so laughably that we’ll be writing about it on whatever wearable/implantable platform replaces Tumblr 20 years from now.
Boycott Adult Swim.
(That’s easy for me. I still don’t have a TV, man.)