It’s the internet. We’ve all faced our share of offensive, racist, or outright genocidal comments and we know better than to give an ounce of thought. But every once in a while, we’ll come across a comment so absurd that you feel the need to print it out in big, bold block letters on resume paper and archive it as evidence of a time when someone’s IQ dipped far below zero.
This is one of those comments.
To mark the beginning of Eid Al-Adha, BuzzFeed published a listicle containing 38 photographs of Muslims celebrating the festival from all over the world.
One photograph in particular appears to have drawn the ire of a frequent BuzzFeed contributor who goes by the name of ‘Spam Of God’.
To the photograph above, he writes:
I just want to go ahead and point out that that Palestinian child is wearing a “Jew mask”, part of the propaganda campaign that is designed to raise your children to be proud terrorists and martyrs, the culture in Palestine (and all over the middle east) teaches that Jews are literal monsters who eat babies and kidnap children to torture them to death for sacrifice.
… and yet, the tragically uninformed still blame Israel for the mess in the middle east. I wonder if they themselves aren’t governed by hatred for Jewish people, those who would just as soon watch Israel surrender and be massacred (like the Bangladeshi Hindus in the 70’s, over 20 million were cleansed by Islamic fundamentalists, or the Christian Copts of Egypt who narrowly missed their own extinction by the saving grace of a sudden and powerful counter-revolution against the Brotherhood).
What is a “Jew mask”? How can someone believe a literal human being is also a “literal monster”? If people ate their babies and killed their children, wouldn’t that mean they couldn’t exist beyond the first generation? How has this person developed his deep cultural expertise? Why isn’t the term Middle East capitalized appropriately in both instances of its use? Why aren’t any of this commenter’s facts actually factual? Why is this person trying so hard?
The original caption to the image reads: Palestinian children play with plastic weapons during the second day of Eid al-Adha in Gaza City.
For what it’s worth, I was going to devote this post to some of the glaring errors [and insults] present in the list. For example, Jerusalem is recorded as a city in Israel and Gaza City is recorded as a city without a country because, you know, the great editors at BuzzFeed don’t believe it belongs to one.