News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch tweeted on Saturday that even "peaceful Moslems...until they destroy growing jihadist cancer" must be held responsible for the violent attacks claimed by al Qaeda-sponsored terrorists that swept over Paris last week. Although social media response critical of Murdoch was swift, perhaps none was more amusing than comedian Aziz Ansari's invitation to his Twitter followers to expose the absurdity of Murdoch's claim with the hashtag #RupertsFault. 

Murdoch moderated his Muslim-blaming with a Sunday follow-up tweet reacting to the millions who marched in Paris in solidarity, asking people not to "forget the heroic sacrifice of Ahmed Merabet, Muslim police officer whose funeral was today." But it was this tweet that caused Ansari, whose parents are Tamil Muslims from India who immigrated to North Carolina, to launch his Twitter attack. 

First Ansari tweeted, "Quit backpeddling, you racist piece of s--t." It was followed by "You are Catholic. Why are you not hunting pedophiles? #RupertsFault", which launched a thousand hashtags.





Murdoch is not the only public figure to conflate the actions of a small number of extremists with the beliefs and culpability of a large number of Muslims. On Wednesday, Bill Maher told Jimmy Kimmel,"I know most Muslim people wouldn't carry out an attack like this, but here's the important part: Hundreds of millions of them support an attack like this."

Even author J.K. Rowling jumped into the anti-Murdoch fray, tweeting independently of the Ansari-inspired tweets,  "I was born a Christian. If that makes Rupert Murdoch my responsibility, I'll auto-excommunicate."