Is ISIS really shaving BEARS? How one media tweet nearly pitted PETA against jihadists
While Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS/ISIL) are known for their grizzly attacks, shaving bears was a totally unexpected type of warfare for Twitter readers. Some appeared to be genuinely confused by the statement, while most others played along, tweeting outraged comments… and pics of shaved bears.
Oh man... ISIS is shaving BEARS!! These guys are Crazy!! pic.twitter.com/EOwJCHDGG0— Robert O'Neill (@mchooyah) February 13, 2016
..in other news from NBC...food service workers at Jellystone Park detonated a suspicious looking picnic basket...https://t.co/hV0kO8fOya— Ecklebob Chiselfritz (@RotNScoundrel) February 13, 2016
What the American TV network meant to tweet was that, in an attempt to avoid being bombed in air raids, members of IS were trying to look less like “typical Islamist extremist” by shaving their beards – not the poor animals. (This too could give rise to speculation on whether US killer drones have built-in beard-recognition technology, but that would be a different story altogether).
Over four hours after sending out the original tweet, the network finally did tweet a correction.
Correction: It was beards, not bears.— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 13, 2016
Needless to say, the thread has been filled with dozens of messages and pictures trolling NBC’s typo.
Upon reflection, some people suggested that letting IS try to shave bears might not be such a bad idea.
Unless they're anesthetizing the bears, I think our ISIS problem will be over soon. https://t.co/QK6nbSSc4N— Lex Alexander (@LexAlexander) February 14, 2016
Hear me out. Let’s try to convince ISIS shaving bears is a good idea. 0 chance that ends well for them.— Ben Denison (@DenisonBe) February 13, 2016
Others felt that PETA may have to be called in.
@NBCNews How do the bears feel about this? Is PETA aware?— Jo Ann Champion (@littlepigletta) February 13, 2016
And, of course, this picture of a shaved bear went all over the place. WARNING: it cannot be unseen.