ISIS Karaoke: dropping songs, not bombs, across the Twittersphere!
Here’s a pitch perfect way to parody terror that empowers people too. The idea behind a new Twitter feed called ISIS Karaoke couldn’t be simpler. Grab an image of a terrorist (or any advocate of hate) gripping a microphone, pair it with a Western pop song lyric, and create comedy haiku that instantly satirizes an otherwise somber situation. Then send the silly couplets flying ‘round on social media. Watch each resulting giggle deflate demonic dreadfulness.
ISIS Karaoke’s first tweet took flight on August 16. One day later the site had gained nearly 1,000 followers.Today - just 48 tweets later - the site has nearly 43,000 fans. Continue reading below »
BuzzFeed's Hussein Kesvani contacted the site's founder (known only as "Jimmy") who told him, "Mel Brooks once said something about laughing at the barbaric (in his case, the Nazis) and I guess that's all I'm doing really."
What Brooks actually said, in a 2006 interview with Spiegel, was, "By using the medium of comedy, we can try to rob Hitler of his posthumous power and myths." He conceded that aspects of terror are off limits for laughs, but the inversion of power is always alluring. Flipping the script can be freeing.
Media mythologizes Daesh, presenting them as they wish to be seen, unstoppable warriors on a messianic mission. This is core to their recruiting. But what if we refute that storyline and cast them instead as fallible buffoons? Turning menacing madmen into wannabe warblers is a social way to erode their power. Take a look at the world’s biggest karaoke bar. Laughter is the best medicine.