Tina Brown successfully trolled the Internet yet again this morning, with a Newsweek cover bearing angry, bearded protesters and a headline of “MUSLIM RAGE.” The article was written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, wife of historian and previous Newsweek troll-bait provider Niall Ferguson.
Sensing the opportunity to troll even harder, the magazine went searching for an outrage-inducing force multiplier:
Want to discuss our latest cover? Let's hear it with the hashtag: #MuslimRage.— Newsweek (@Newsweek) September 17, 2012
That’s when the Twitterverse, especially Muslim users, decided enough was enough and hijacked the hashtag.
Among the reactions:
Woke up two minutes before my alarm clock rang, still threw the phone against the wall when it did. #MuslimRage— ندى عوف (@NadaAuf) September 17, 2012
I went to a #MuslimRage party last night. It wasn't as exciting as you'd think.— Alex Hanna (@alexhanna) September 17, 2012
I hope "Muslim Rage" is part of series, so I can look forward to "Catholic Perversion," "Cranky Cranky Jews," and "Unitarian Guy Shrugging."— Julieanne Smolinski (@BoobsRadley) September 17, 2012
Not getting the cute airport security guy to give me a pat-down for my "randomly selected" search. #MuslimRage— Fatemeh Fakhraie (@fatemehf) September 17, 2012
For its part, Newsweek defended the cover and its depiction of the protesters, telling Politico: “This week's Newsweek cover accurately depicts the events of the past week as violent protests have erupted in the Middle East (including Morocco where the cover image was taken)."