Regular readers will remember my virtual “Islamophobic and Proud of It” button from back in March. Well, a version of this same button, printed on a t-shirt, has turned up in an unusual place.
We were tipped off to this Rantburg article by a moderator at the site.
The image at right was displayed with an article at Islam Online, over the caption, “T-shirts with anti-Muslim slurs are being circulated by right-wingers in the run-up for the World Cup.”
Cool! We made it to Islam Online! But who’s making and selling the shirt?
According to the article:
World Cup Muslim Fans Urged to “Give Example”
BERLIN, May 25, 2006 (IslamOnline.net) – With right-wing groups charging batteries to provoke Muslim teams taking part in the FIFA World Cup, to kick off on June 9, Muslim fans are urged not to fall into the trap and to serve as an example.
A German Muslim website has exhorted Muslim football supporters to take into their strides provocations by right-wingers.
“Muslim fans should give an example of Muslim behavior and enjoy the contests no matter what the results are,” wrote the muslimmarkt website…
“The far right-wingers are out to provoke the fans to cause riots, particularly during the matches of the Iranian team.”
T-shirts emblazoned with anti-Muslim slurs are already been circulated by far rightists.
One of these T-shirts reads “Islamophobic And Proud Of It”.
Am I proud of it, or what? Hoo-ee! We made the German Muslims afraid of Islamophobia!
Well, it’s a start.
Let’s read some more of the article, to get the bird’s-eye lowdown on this caper.
Right-wing groups are encouraging supporters to flock to Iran’s matches and use Israeli flags in supporting any team playing against the Islamic republic.
Israeli flags are being delivered to the homes of those interested at 25 euros per piece.
Okay, now we know — it’s the friends of Israel who are behind this plot. The international Zionist cabal and its willing dupes are making and distributing these shirts. And, no doubt, making a huge profit at the same time.
But wait! There’s more:
Germany has been a scene of a spate of race-related attacks in the run-up to the World Cup, raising concern of violence and intolerance during the world gala.
In the latest incident a politician of Turkish origin was beaten and slashed with a broken bottle in Lichtenberg, a suburb of Berlin known as a neo-Nazi stronghold, at the weekend.
Does this mean that neo-Nazis are handing out Israeli flags and encouraging demonstrations on behalf of the Jews?
Will. Not. Compute.
But… when the worldwide Jewish conspiracy is involved, anything is possible. Presumably they’re putting mind-altering drugs into Berlin’s water supply to turn the local skinheads into compliant servants of the neocons.
To make matters even more convoluted, Seafarious, a commenter at Rantburg, has doubts that the T-shirts even exist:
NOW. The questions are:
1. Does this shirt even exist outside of the Islam-Online photo library? a. GoV does not have a Cafe Press store. b. I’m not even sure that the shirt exists at Cafe Press, the logo almost looks like it was photoshopped onto a picture of the shirt. c. I did a search for “Islamophobia” at Cafe Press, and found no matches. (Though that doesn’t surprise me.) 2. If the shirts do exist somewhere, which “Right wing extremists groups” are distributing them and how did Islam-Online discover them and get a picture? Why are no groups specifically named?
I can confirm that Gates of Vienna does not sell “Islamophobic” merchandise, although I wish we did. From our point of view, the button exists only as an orginal bitmap and two jpegs. That’s it.
Now, right after I posted the button image, and word about it spread through the blogosphere, the German blogs seemed to take a particular interest in it. One fellow wrote me to say that he wanted to buy some of buttons, and where were they available? I wrote him (and others) and told them that there was no “real” button, but that I would be happy if some enterprising individual wanted to use the image to make buttons, coffee mugs, t-shirts, etc.
So… maybe one of them did.
Or maybe not. Maybe this is a truly postmodern internet event, with non-existent photoshopped buttons photoshopped onto imaginary t-shirts and spread around the globe in virtual form, alarming the sensitive and the gullible.
If any of our German readers sees someone wearing a real version of this shirt, please take a photo of and send it to us, and I’ll post it for all to see.
But please — no photoshop jobs!
Update: Commenter St. Pancake at LGF tells me that the shirts really are for sale, and gives a link to this online shop. I can’t get in without a password, but St. Pancake quotes from it:
Islamophobic and proud of it!
Promodoro Raglan Kurzarm, Baseball T-Shirt aus 100% Baumwolle, weiß/navy
Preis 19,90 € zzgl. Versandkosten
Yes, they are for sale.
If anyone can actually get me onto the page, I’d be grateful!