No news is good news
とは申しますが、ISIS( IS イスラム国警告 )の72時間が過ぎ、
Japanese Social Media Users Are Protesting ISIS With “Crappy” Photoshops And Memes
( ISIS Crappy Collage Grand Prix hashtag #ISISCrappyCollageGrandPrix )
インターネットも早いってんだ、ざまぁみろ」( ←大雑把な拙訳 )
To the Japanese public,
to pressure your government into making a wise decision
to save the lives of your citizens….
you now have 72 hours.
Japanese citizen :
( indifferently ) Huh? Self responsibility innit?
This is NOT a #ISISクソコラグランプリ tweet but a satirical depiction of the Japanese “self responsibility” mentality by @hakoiribox which was retweeted more than 20,000 times and favoured 11,000 times by Saturday morning.
For those of you who don’t exactly understand the term “self responsibility” and its significance in Japan please read
KNOW YOUR MEME
“ISIS Crappy Collage Grand Prix”
Japan’s “self-responsibility” thought
Unlike Euro-American countries, this non-christianity country doesn’t have considerable Muslim or Islamic immigrants issues and both Japan and Japan’s Self Defense Force in UN’s peacekeeping operations haven’t come under Islamic terrorism attack.
Because of this, Japanese people tend to lack a sense of reality to the Middle East issues and risk of terrorism. Half of their optimistic behavior in this online craze comes from this social background.
Other half is their “self-responsibility” thought cultivated by several hostage crisis happened in Iraq or Afghanistan in 2000s. Some of Japanese victims in these incidents were not journalists, but peace/political activists or young travelers who didn’t have any supportable causes to go to the Middle East with ignoring the government’s adjurations.
On the web, heavy criticisms blaming their faults under the slogan “self-responsibility” (自己責任, Jiko Sekinin) happened, and even dead victims had a few of severe responses.
Therefore, hostages like Haruna Yukawa in this case tend to be hard to raise sympathy amongst people, especially anonymous internet users, and instead they’re forced to become a subject of online mockery.
A video released Tuesday purports to show a member of the militant extremist group ISIS threatening to kill two Japanese hostages. The group requested a $200 million ransom.
Japanese social media users are currently mocking and protesting ISIS with a hashtag called #isisクソコラグランプリ or the “ISIS Crappy Collage Grand Prix.”
As of Friday, the hashtag is full of “crappy” Photoshops and memes about ISIS, with a decent mix of English anime fans also participating.
Peter Payne, the owner of J-List.com, an online store that sells Japanese goods, explained the hashtag’s overall meaning to Business Insider.
“You can kill some of us,” Payne said. “But Japan is a peaceful and happy land with fast Internet. So go to hell.”
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said earlier this week the pair’s lives were his “top priority,” and that he would not give into terrorism.
ISIS gave the Japanese government 72 hours to pay the ransom. The deadline is Friday.
Junko Ishido, the mother of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist currently being held by ISIS, pled for their release at a press conference on Thursday.
Know Your Meme, an online meme database, made the point that Japan doesn’t have a considerable Muslim immigrant population, and thus young Japanese people might not have a great understanding of the issues currently happening in the Middle East.
Regardless of why or how, though, the “ISIS Crappy Collage Grand Prix” doesn’t appear to be slowing down.
According to the social analytics site Topsy, the hashtag has been used more than 77,000 times since Monday.