Oh, Rupert. Looks like you really started something here. Mr. Murdoch, billionaire extraordinaire, has created quite a kickback with a controversial tweet he sent out, saying that all Muslims should be held responsible for the actions of jihadists after three days of terrorist atrocities in Paris.
The octogenarian even went so far as to suggested that peaceful Muslims should be taking responsibility for actions of extremists until the ‘jihadist cancer’ is destroyed.
From his tweets:
He wrote: ‘Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible.’
He then maintained his stance, telling more than 500,000 followers that ‘political correctness’ made for ‘denial and hypocrisy’.
He added: ‘Big jihadist danger looming everywhere from Philippines to Africa to Europe to US.
‘Political correctness makes for denial and hypocrisy.’
Twitter users kicked back, and many Muslim users were infuriated as Mr. Murdoch implied blame for the terrorist attacks on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket on an entire religion, which has more than a billion followers.
His sweeping generalization was blasted by one user, who said: ‘”they” as in most Muslims????? You can’t hold an entire religion of billions responsive for the actions of a few’
Erwin Renaldi said: ‘I’m really sad reading this. Insulting my faith and I have nothing to do with the extremists and I can do nothing.’
Still other Tweeters questions Murdoch’s morals, referring to a phone-hacking scandal at his ‘News of the World’ newspaper, replying: ‘@rupertmurdoch In the same way that you must be held responsible for ordering the hacking of the voicemails of dead school children?’
His word prompted widespread ridicule, and many called him out, and some went so far as to apologize for Rupert! Matt Haig added: ‘Rupert Murdoch thinks all Muslims should apologize for terrorism. So on behalf of white people I’d like to apologize for Rupert Murdoch.’
Another user joked: ‘Maybe most Ruperts peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy cancerous media dinosaur @rupertmurdoch, they must be held responsible.’
To which, Rupert Franklin replied: ‘I’d like to offer an apology on behalf of us all. Murdoch’s comments don’t represent the views of mainstream Rupert community.’
And Matt Haig added: ‘Rupert Murdoch wrote a tweet. As someone who uses Twitter I would like to apologize on his behalf.’
I am a twitter user, and I would like to take a moment as a white woman, and twitter user, to apologize for Rupert Murdoch’s ignorant, rude, religiously intolerant tweets. Some people just shouldn’t use social media.
Written by Katie McGuire. Follow Katie on Twitter @GOPKatie (Don’t follow @RupertMurdoch)