by Steven Hale
This morning, Newsweek unveiled its latest
cover story trolling expedition — an undoubtedly honest, nuanced take on the recent unrest in the Middle East titled "Muslim Rage."
This is Newsweek now. Put, say, an unabashedly error-ridden story calling for the president's ouster, Obama as the first gay president, or, uh, this, on the cover — we're sure Newsweek boss Tina Brown was especially peeved to find that Time had beat her to the cover featuring a nearly-four-year-old and a boob — and watch as the ensuing storm drives up the hits and sends hordes of people racing to the newsstands. Whether you're clicking around their site, or picking up the dead-tree version, out of agreement, outrage, or morbid curiosity, they don't care.
It's like Donald Trump, but a magazine.
Just according to plan, this week's cover has generated plenty of discussion, first on Twitter by way of the Newsweek-promoted hashtag #MuslimRage, and then on Twitter by way of everyone else co-opting the now mocking hashtag #MuslimRage. (By the way, not to belabor the point, but I suspect Newsweek is perfectly fine with all of this.)
Anyway, the timing is so strange, because members of Nashville's Muslim community gathered in Centennial Park just last night for a rage-filled activity of their own — a peace vigil. Click through the jump, to check out some Tweeted expressions of their candle-lit anger. (Oddly, they used the hashtag #IAmPeace throughout the night. We're not sure what that's supposed to mean yet, but they're pissed. Check it out.)