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Join IS? Twitter users would rather wash their hair

Social-media users respond humorously to call to arms from jihadist group

'Caliph' Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi speaks to Muslims in a mosque in Mosul, Iraq. (YouTube screen capture)
'Caliph' Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi speaks to Muslims in a mosque in Mosul, Iraq. (YouTube screen capture)

What could possibly be more pressing or appealing than joining the ranks of the Islamic State and partaking in day-in, day-out atrocities and a never-ending, bloody civil war? According to snarky Muslim Twitter users, even toenail clipping is more alluring.

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi this weekend urged all Muslims to join the terror group, especially Saudi nationals. He said Saudis must “rise up against the apostate tyrants, and avenge your people in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.”

But Twitter users on Sunday were quickly brushing off the offer in favor of pretty much everything else, including hair-washing and Netflix binge-watching. The social media users were responding to a quote by the IS leader, posted online by Arab activist Iyad el-Baghdadi.

“Too busy doing some Netflix related things,” wrote Twitter user Menna. “I have to take my goldfish to the vet,” wrote a user identified as Hayat Libya.

“But then how will I watch all the upcoming Star Wars movies? Also I don’t like hanging with murderous psychopaths,” responded Ali.

Star Wars was also used as an excuse by user Mohsin Arain, who wrote: “Sorry mate, I don’t want to risk dying before the next Star Wars comes out.”

In trolling the Islamic State, other Twitter posts expressed other mundane priorities that trumped jihadist carnage, such as their need to take exams, wash the dishes, and finish baking their carrot cake.




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