Muslims across Twitter are having a case of Muslim Rage. In response to a Newsweek cover, hundreds of people used the hashtag #MuslimRage to respond in the best way possible---with humor.
This week's issue of Newsweek features a cover with Muslim protestors and the headline reads "Muslim Rage." The magazine features a piece by Somali-born writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim and anti-Islam activist. The subhead reads "How I survived it. How we can end it."
The article and cover is in response to recent protests in Libya, Egypt and other Islamic communities over a low-budget anti-Islam film, the "Innocence of Muslims." Islamic extremists, who are outraged by the film, have taken to U.S. embassies to show their anger through protests and attacks. Protestors have resorted to burning American flags and even murder as four diplomats were killed in an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi.
Newsweek asked their readers to respond to the cover, saying "@Newsweek Want to discuss our latest cover? Let's hear it with the hashtag: #MuslimRage."
And boy, did they hear it.
The Muslim community on Twitter used the opportunity to respond with satire and humor, resulting in some hilarious responses which quickly became popular. The #MuslimRage hashtag quickly became a trend on Twitter as thousands gave their response to Newsweek.
The most retweeted message was the following:
"@LibyaLiberty I'm having such a good hair day. No one even knows. #MuslimRage."
Some other funny responses include:
"@agraham999 Too much pork in Angry Birds. #muslimrage"
"@LSal92 : Lost your kid Jihad at the airport. Can't yell for him. #MuslimRage"
"@HamzaGiron "Orders pancakes at IHOP, came with a side of bacon. #MuslimRage"
"@Remroum Just add nighttime & glow sticks. It goes from #MuslimRage to #MuslimRave"
"@abelljefrry Cannot say hi to Jack inside a plane. #MuslimRage"
"@petey_jee I told my shrink I was feeling suicidal and he reported me to the FBI #muslimrage"
@Jamalmorgan Tweeted the following photo with the message "My camel doesn't want to wear seat belt. #muslimrage"
To sum it up, User Reza Aslan put it well "@rezaaslan Welcome to the new digital age @Newsweek. Your attempts to use #MuslimRage to discuss your foul cover has become funniest joke on twitter."