Thousands of Twitter users turned to humor to vent their frustrations about the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Using the hashtag #ISISMovies, users re-wrote famous movie titles with an Islamic State-flare. The hashtag was trending on Twitter Saturday afternoon and was used more than 8,000 times in just a few hours.
Here are some of the creative suggestions:
— David Paxton (@CanYouFlyBobby) August 16, 2014
Four beheadings and a funeral #ISISmovies
— Berta Deunk (@BertaDeunk) August 16, 2014
It's always Sunni in infadelphia #ISISmovies
— Jon Gross (@grossjon) August 16, 2014
Teenage Mutant Mujahideen Turtles #ISISmovies
— Kool-Aid Ahmed (@JunaidAhmed95) August 16, 2014
Some used the hashtag to criticize the movie titles, claiming they were being used to make light of a truly brutal situation.
People being brutally hacked to death and someone makes a #ISISmovies hashtag... really... what if it was happening to your family?
— Thomas Mannion (@TheologicalLion) August 16, 2014
The Islamic State has been making territorial and resource gains in Iraq and Syria for the past few months, thus making international headlines almost daily. The United Nations declared the highest level of humanitarian emergency in Iraq in a statement issued Thursday, after the Islamic State began targeting Iraq’s minority groups.
The Islamic State executed 700 people from a single Syrian tribe Saturday. Meanwhile in Iraq, Islamic State fighters shot “scores” of Yazidi men in Iraq, according to the Associated Press.
The United States began air strikes on targeted Islamic State strongholds near Irbil in Kurdish-held regions of Iraq last week. Iraqi and U.S. forces Friday began an operation in Mosul in an attempt to retake Iraq’s largest dam from the Sunni insurgents.