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Tweeters mock Newsweek's #MuslimRage cover

Associated Press Modified: September 17, 2012 at 5:46 pm •  Published: September 17, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If Newsweek intended its latest cover story to spark conversation, it certainly got what it was looking for.

The magazine's cover essay, "Muslim Rage: How I Survived It, How We Can End It," has spawned a huge response on Twitter.

The essay by Somali-Dutch activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali addresses the issue of free speech in light of deadly riots in the Middle East over an anti-Islamic film. The story is illustrated on the magazine's cover with a photo of two bearded protesters in the midst of a mob.

Newsweek created the hashtag (hash)MuslimRage to promote discussion of its cover story. But most of the tweets using it have mocked the subject, rather than adopt the article's serious tone.

Many of those who poked fun at the article's headline appeared to be Muslim. "MuslimRage" was the sixth most-talked about topic — or "trending topic" — on Twitter among U.S.-based users early Monday. It was also a top trender in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.

The Twitter conversation peaked Monday morning and by late afternoon there were about 75,000 tweets using (hash)MuslimRage hashtag, Twitter said, citing data from social media tracking firm Topsy.

One of the most popular posts came from "Hend," a user whose profile photo features a woman in a Muslim head covering: "I'm having such a good hair day. No one even knows. (hash)MuslimRage".

Another reads: "Lost your kid Jihad at the airport. Can't yell for him. (hash)MuslimRage".

Yet another tweet laments: "Head & Shoulders still hasn't made a beard conditioner. (hash)MuslimRage".

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