Was the perpetrator of the tube attack Muslim? The passer-by who uttered this immortal hashtag certainly seemed to make the assumption. Under current orthodox thinking would not such an assumption make the hero of the hour guilty of at least racial profiling if not actual racism itself? (I use ‘racism’ here in its Twitter definition, not its actual definition).
Your average subscriber to the Twitter Taliban is a freaky creature - a curious mix of hyper-vigilance, self-righteousness, reactionaryisym and just plain old contradiction.
I mean just because an individual’s appearance is ‘Arabic’ and just because he (or she) may be brandishing a very sharp knife in an attempt to kill innocent bystanders does not automatically make him (or her) Muslim. Remember not all Muslims are terrorists, and not all persons of Arabic appearance are Muslim, right?
And yet without any evidence to confirm his prejudice, the heroic passer-by immediately sought to demonise the knife-wielder as ‘Muslim.’ ‘Demonise’ is a favourite buzzword on Twitter. It’s a high value signifier, but not quite as high as ‘racist’ or ‘Islamophobic.’
Under any other circumstances, the chap who made this comment would have been hung, drawn and quartered at the very least. Instead, his bigotry (another Twitter buzzword) is being hailed as an act of multi-culturalist approbation.
Bizarrely, this outrageous example of casual ‘racism’ has since taken on almost religious overtones. Ever eager to follow the money, David Cameron has unsurprisingly parroted the hashtag, seemingly unaware that by doing so, he is effectively supporting what he and his fellow elitists fondly refer to as Islamophobia.
I wouldn’t even bet against Cameron popping up on TV in the next few days wearing a ‘YouAintNoMuslimBruv’ t-shirt. The man is shameless. He’s also permanently a few pages behind the rest of the country.
The media and political elite are indeed falling over themselves to identify with this ridiculous hashtag. So where is the Twitter Taliban when you really need them? There’s bigotry here and it jolly well needs hashtaging.
I have to say I’m not sure if the irony passed the Twitter fundamentalists by completely or whether it just suited them to play dumb on this occasion. So what happened? Presumably, their desire to display their pro-Islam sophistication must have got the better of their desire to call out Islamophobia.
Twitter is a frightening place. It’s essentially the playground of narcissists and ‘yes’ men/women. It’s the ultimate altar of superficiality and hyper-reality – the ideal environment for hashtag zombies to regurgitate and retweet the directives of the high priests/priestesses of political correctness.
Most of them never get close to exhausting their allotted 140 characters. Let's be thankful for small mercies.
I have just one thing to say to those fleecy little creatures who tweeted #YouAintNoMuslimBruv as inane a hashtag as they come: