Filthy Moozlims!

The Daily Mail has run two Muslim-centric news stories over the past couple of days that have provoked some very interesting reactions. I’m not so concerned with the articles themselves in this instance, but much more with the reader comments that have followed.

The first story is pretty much overwhelmingly positive.

So, dubious use of inverted commas in the headline aside, that’s a good story for British Muslims. Of course – were you to read the report you’d see that it is about pride in Britain in general and features statistical analysis of all members of our society – Christian, Hindu, male, female, gay, straight etc. I guess the Mail have focussed on Muslims because, well, shouldn’t we all be surprised that they like Britain? What with all the poppies they keep burning and everything…

A man could go seriously insane highlighting examples of the Mail cherry picking data though, so let’s move past that and look at the comments. Surely this positive story will resonate with the readers somewhat.

Top rated comment:

Hmmm. So it’s not that Muslims are more patriotic than most Brits – it’s actually their fault for driving down most Brits patriotism by their presence. Gotcha. Note how immediately there’s a distinction between being British and being Muslim; you can only be one or the other – not both. Note also how the connection between being Muslim, being foreign, being an immigrant, being a refugee and being here illegally is instantly made.

Right. Another top rated comment:

That’s amazing. Half the crowd at a cricket match didn’t support the home team. I guess all those Manchester United fans who don’t live in Manchester are traitors too.

Another:

Here’s the rub. Muslims are terrorists you see, and given the choice they’d happily support death and mayhem over their country – no matter what they may claim in polls.

Another:

Well that’s cleared that up. It’s a plot to undermine the country.

Wait. No. Sorry. It’s all lies. Do I need to continue?

The overwhelming ‘positive’ response is that it’s lies and propaganda – as evidenced by personal experience and, well, general assumption. This is my favourite:

It can’t be true because I gone done heard something different. Where did I hear that?

Remember – these are the highly rated comments. I can’t imagine how inflammatory the worst rated comments must be:
210 people do not want to see positive news stories about Muslims. 193 people think it right that someone born in this country is still regarded as an outsider because of their religion. Breathtaking and, I might add, not very British.

The second story featuring Muslims is not really about Muslims at all, it’s about local councils.Those inverted commas have made a return. It’s not quite a quote, it’s not quite a phrase.

This story is about a local council printing up leaflets encouraging Muslims to keep their neighbourhoods cleans which was regarded as potentially inflammatory and they were “binned” before being released to the public. A junior official came up with the idea but a senior official stopped them being released – if anything it’s a story about a council being culturally sensitive.

Top rated comment:How odd. I don’t remember reading anything about Muslims complaining, imposing their world view or spitting their dummy out – I also don’t recall reading anything about “the tables being turned” but I must have missed all that because 2227 people clearly did read that.

Second top rated comment:So now the Muslim are responsible for littering AND they’re being allowed to get away with it because they’re Muslim. If a non-Muslim tried that they’d probably be locked up by Tony Blair or a Marxist thinktank.

Third top rated comment:And now things start to get seriously dark. How has the story about cancelled pamphlets descended into accusations of Muslims being “filthy?” In a national newspaper? And 1349 people agreed. From here on in it’s a free-for-all.They’re all filthy, and foreigners, and here to steal benefits. Another:They’re filthy AND forcing rent prices up. Another:They’re ruining the city with their filth. I particularly like how this reader is annoyed their previous comment wasn’t allowed, so they’ve incrementally reduced the level of accusation in line with what is acceptable. Another:Muslims are so filthy they leave shit in car parks. Another:They’re so dirty they’re bringing back TB.Muslim aren’t British. They’ve destroyed Bradford so much it should be demolished.Muslims are a benefit stealing infestation.They are an invading army.Something tells me Roy from Aberdeenshire has never been to a Middle Eastern country.Even the bad behaviour of non-Muslims is the fault of Muslims.

Let’s be perfectly honest for a second –

This is insidious, aggressive, unfounded, hateful racist bullshit. And judging from the complaints contained within other comments a great deal of messages are being turned away – so these are the good ones.

I’m not saying these people don’t have a right to have their opinions, no matter how knuckle-draggingly retarded they may be – but these are approved comments from the 2nd most visited news website IN THE WORLD. The Mail may not agree with what their readers are saying but each time one of their moderators clicks ‘approve’ on a comment accusing Muslims of being “filthy” they are sending a clear message saying that this sort of comment is acceptable.

Let’s be absolutely fucking clear about this – no mainstream news organisation should ever approve this sort of utterly unfounded racist slander. Ever. Even the BNP word their arguments better than this. I don’t care how militantly rightwing the Mail readers are – the newspaper, it’s editor, publishers, moderators and advertisers have a duty of care not to encourage or support the spreading of hate against any group of people.“Abusive comments are not allowed.”

This is way beyond the usual middle-Englanders, NIMBYS and disgusted of Tunbridge Wells that the Mail encourages communication from. This is the deliberate spreading of hate-speak and by continuing to publish comments that defame nearly 3 million inhabitants of this country the Mail is sending a message that that is perfectly ok to do so.

This is also way beyond the usual cowardly remarks, sly insinuations and cleverly ‘worded’ sentences which make up much of the Mail’s reporting on Muslims, and it’s also the first time I’ve seen proper, overt, celebrated racist claims making their way into the comments section. Yes they’ve always been there, but never with this kind of vindictive levels of abuse before.

Considering the abuse that Muslims receive on a daily basis from newspapers I would say it is a testament to their community and sense of pride that they remain the most patriotic of all Britons. Then again, it’s all probably a plot.

12 thoughts on “Filthy Moozlims!

  1. Just……depressing.

    I want to say more, but just, .

    The worst for me personally is the worst rated comments in the first article. More than a 1000 people have actually clicked to vote down something because quote someone say they are “Proud to be a British Muslim” and little else.

    depressing.

  2. “210 people do not want to see positive news stories about Muslims. 193 people think it right that someone born in this country is still regarded as an outsider because of their religion. Breathtaking and, I might add, not very British.”

    Worse than that i they don’t show the overall number of votes, that might have had 1000 ‘up’ votes, and 1210 ‘down’ votes…

  3. Yeah, I can only agree with notjarvis. The willing, collaborative effort to depict Muslims as filthy, disease-bearing, benefit scrounging succubi on right-thinking white society is profoundly depressing. I mean, look at that comment – “I was born here, I’m British, and I still get called ‘them’ and ‘Paki.'” And the response? A massive ‘fuck you.’

    Just… gah. Speechless.

  4. I’m not sure how naive I must have been, but never reading the wretched paper (either off or online) I didn’t realise they allowed such vile comments to be aired. Can you imagine this on the BBC website? I’m actually angry as well as shocked.

    Such an excellent article and analysis it just shows the real lack of intelligence and any actual explainable reasoning of these people leaving the comments.

  5. Don’t want to sound like I’m defending any of this disgraceful racist nonsense in any way, but I do feel you partially undermine your article with the first comment, the person does not mention Muslims at all in his comment, he refers only to “immigrants/refugees” who could of course be of any nationality or religion. Now I’ve no doubt the writer was thinking “Muslims” the whole time and intended the comment to refer to them, but they didn’t say it and I think it’s wrong for you to imply that in your response.

  6. Good write up and expose of the mails readership. I read the mail online most days (know your enemy!!) and am amazed at what ends up there. Surely they are sailing close to a charge of inciting racial hatred. Any lawyers out there think a case could stick??

  7. Good article though you pull yourself into the bigot category slightly. I am from Tunbridge Wells and I can safely assert that the views held by The Mail (including their readership) do not parallel mine in the slightest. Despite Tory leanings in the area it would be a false assertion that my town is one similar to the South of the USA.
    It is easy sometimes to slip into the ignorant slurring which us liberals despise so don’t allow yourself to slip into their hyperbole. Despite how inflammatory their ignorance may be (and is).

  8. Every person posting here who is sick and tired of the Mail’s barely-concealed, racist campaigning agenda should write to their MP, especially if not a Tory, asking them to raise the issue of censoring the behaviour of this despicable website in the Commons. They should also cc Tom Watson on the Culture, Media & Sport select committee (visit http://www.tom-watson.co.uk.). If enough decent-minded people take action we can do something about this.

    It has to stop before a wedge is driven permanently between the people of this country by allowing these baseless lies and slander to continue. And how patriotic is that Daily Mail?

  9. “I’m not saying these people don’t have a right to have their opinions, no matter how knuckle-draggingly retarded they may be”

    I recently heard the phrase “everyone is not entitled to their opinion. Everone is entitled to their informed opinion. Noone is entitled to ignorance”. I think this is relevant here.

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