The magazine, which is trying to reinvent itself amid struggling circulations numbers, wanted to hear readers’ reactions to its controversial story, and earlier Monday it tweeted:
“Want to discuss our latest cover? Let’s hear it with the hashtag:#MuslimRage.”
What followed over the better part of the day was nothing short of amazing—a hilarious response to the magazine’s attempt to draw eyeballs by provoking fury.
However, social media users took hold of the hashtag and made it their own, turning Newsweek’s Twitter conversation into a free for all, renewing hope in humanity’s sense of humor. As one tweet said, “Muslims just hijacked @Newsweek‘s hashtag. Pun intended. #MuslimRage”
The thousands of responses to Newsweek‘s post include:
• Lost nephew at the airport but cant yell for him because his name is Jihad. #MuslimRage
• When your scarf is not exactly the right shade of blue #MuslimRage