Blame someone!

Oh deary deary me…

Apparently someone thought it would be a good idea to use #blamethemuslims as a hashtag on Twitter. Actually, it appears to be a Muslim girl. It’s been solidly at the top for hours now, and doesn’t look like it’s going to disappear any time soon. Now if you look at the actual tweets, they roughly fall into one of the following categories:

  1. The people who loudly protest the existence of such a hateful tag, and blame Twitter for not censoring it.
  2. The people who point out that protests such as the ones in #1 will not help the trending topic go away.
  3. The people who sarcastically “blame” the muslims for one of the many benefits they have brought to the world.
  4. The people who bravely suggest alternative tags such as #dontblamethemuslims and #blamesomeoneelseinstead (No Fookin’ Chance mate).
  5. Ah… thankfully, the people who understand that the tag was meant as something to rail against, not for.

Notably absent are the people who actually have found some way to blame the muslims for the unfortunate events in Oslo. I kind of feel good about that. People are still stupid, but most of them are benign and stupid.

So what does this teach us, children? 1. People think censorship is only good for the things they are against. 2. People have the “this is bad unless it’s me doing it” meme nailed down into their heads. 3. People really do not do sarcasm or irony very well. 4. People are wonderfully optimistic sometimes with very little reason to. 5. The people who actually “get it” is distressingly low.

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