Hard-line cleric Ahmad al-Assir may already be detained by Lebanse authorities, but it doesn't mean his plight's not alive on social media. Earlier today, we showed you how Twitter thought the Sunni cleric's beardless disguise bore a striking resemblance to the much loved (or not) American actor Nicolas Cage. But it turns out other regional celebrities are making their own tributes to the bizarre airport seizure, too.
Assir, who has been on the run since being sentenced to death over a 2013 shootout with Lebanese soldiers at one of his mosques, was detained by security personnel Saturday while attempting to flee to Egypt, Al Jazeera reports.
Now, Twitter is ablaze with reactions from around MENA and the rest of the world. In Lebanon, his name has been one of the top trends since his arrest, and it doesn't show many signs of slowing down. On Sunday, another possible photo of Assir's disguise popped up, this time sporting a thick moustache and even thicker glasses.
Gotta hand it to Ahmed al-Assir, he really put a lot of effort into his disguise pic.twitter.com/hX7BZnA0dh— Haidar Sumeri (@IraqiSecurity) August 16, 2015
Which, like Nic Cage, garnered responses of its own.
@IraqiSecurity the salafi woody allen!!— 天角の亡霊 (@hitekkai1) August 16, 2015
Plastic surgeon: "so how would you like to look?" Assir: Waleed Jumblatt, had he been Romanian. pic.twitter.com/2An94wyQpY— The 47th (@THE_47th) August 15, 2015
So Sheikh Assir was trying to escape Lebanon dressed as Peter Sellers. Huh. Didn't see that one coming.— Sara Hussein (@sarahussein) August 16, 2015
But perhaps one of the more interesting responses online is this video from Lebanese entertainer Fouad Yammine. Posted to his Facebook last night, the mocking ballad for Assir has garnered almost 140,000 views so far. Here it is, with a rough English translation below.
أغنية الأسير!Posted by Fouad Yammine on Saturday, August 15, 2015
"He used to ride a bicycle in Saida. He used to give speeches to men and women. Then he fought the Lebanese Army and killed a number of them, then the Lebanese singer Fadel Shaker joined him and became a terrorist. But because he is an idiot he was arrested in the airport. So good bye Assir. Beirut will never miss you."
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