I wrote this post over a month ago, but then got lazy and didn’t finish the last couple of links (still haven’t, but honestly I think I’ve got the basics covered), but then this morning I saw this Tell Mama link posted below, which made me think a) Oh that’s hilarious, who COULD they mean? and b) I guess the story isn’t totally over so I should just post the damned thing, and not let all that archiving for the ol’ External Memory Drive go to waste.
Tell Mama – A Clarification On Our Work on Anti-Muslim Prejudice
It goes without saying that we at TELL MAMA think anti-Muslim prejudice is a very serious issue. We have seen the impacts on victims of anti-Muslim prejudice first hand and particularly on women and young people. We therefore take all reports of anti-Muslim prejudice very seriously. We also do our very best on the limited resources that we have, to offer the right kind of support for those who have suffered from discrimination on the basis of their faith. However, our work is currently not being helped by those who seek to abuse this social issue for their own political or egotistical ends. …
Nothing fuels the far-right more than the notion that Muslims are seeking a special privileged status for themselves and their religion. It is, therefore, vitally important that Muslims don’t inadvertently give fodder to the far-right by using our organisation to pursue personal vendettas against individuals whom they have had disagreements with.
Anyway, back to the 16th of May…
I don’t usually post about stuff that has little to nothing to do with the US/wider world (I don’t usually post much at all, lately) but I think this story, which I’ve been enjoying immensely on Twitter, is so interesting because the man at the heart of it seems to have invented himself (literally) entirely on Twitter. (And, incidentally, plucky, wonderful Tweetbot has been getting a lot of shoutouts for saving deleted Tweets for later cataloging.) And yet here is a list of media appearances he’s made since his self-invention, taken from his website:
(TV) BBC’s The One Show, Newsnight, ITV Daybreak, Daily Politics, The Big Questions, Sunday Morning Live and Sunday Politics. He has been interviewed on Sky News, BBC News, Channel 4 News, Channel 5 News, BBC World News and a wide variety of international outlets including CNN, ITN, RT, Reuters, Al Jazeera, RTL, France 24 and Australia’s TEN News. (Radio) BBC Radio 4 Any Questions, Claire Balding Sunday Show, the World At One, PM, The Sunday Programme, Beyond Belief, Daily Thoughts, Faith Dialogues, The Asian Network and extensive local/regional programming.
Some recap for people who haven’t been following, and also, for the external memory drive:
Harry’s Place (June 5, 2013) – Exposing the Pseudo Moderation of Mo Ansar
The Rationalizer (February 19) – Is Mo Ansar an Islamophobicophiliac?
Adrian Hilton (April 15) – Education? Qualification? Publication? No answer from Mo Ansar
(Iain Dale (May 4) – The Truth About Mo Ansar](http://www.iaindale.com/posts/2014/05/04/the-truth-about-mo-ansar)
Storify (May 8) – .@JeremyDuns and a series of charges against Mo Ansar
Jeremy Duns (May 14) – The Dangerous Mr Ansar (cached version is here)
Milo Yiannopoulis (May 15) – Mo Ansar, the bogus Muslim ‘theologian’ who defends slavery and says Muslims discovered America in AD1000… while claiming benefits and appearing on the BBC
The Rationalizer (May 15) – Who and what exactly is Mo Ansar? <– amazing research.
Spectator podcast (May 15):
And The Spectator (May 17) – How did Mo Ansar become the voice of British Muslims? By Nick Cohen
And here’s a list of qualifications he’s claimed (just to provide symmetry with his list of media appearances, above), as compiled by Milo Yiannopoulos:
• Marriage counsellor
• Visiting lecturer
• Political and social commentator
• Legal advocate
• Grass roots activist
• Civil rights activist
• Social justice activist
• Peace activist
• School governor
• Girls’ cricket team coach
• England and Wales Cricket Board coach
• Equality specialist (“15 years”)
• Equality practitioner “in Parliament”
• Communication specialist
• Child protection expert
• Prison chaplain
• College chaplain
• Professional logician
• Professional Association of Diving Instructors-qualified scuba diver
• “The Muslim Bishop of Southampton”
• Community organiser
• Diversity consultant
• Religious Education practitioner
• School governor
• LGBT activist (“almost a decade”, “15 years”)
Oh and the other reason I’m so happy about this is because nearly the day before it all blew up in his face, he tried turning his followers against India Knight who was in a slightly tipsy rage against some idiot on Twitter and in a single tweet (limit 140 characters, less the amount given to the @names she’s replying to) used the abbreviations “Scot” and “Paki” which (the latter, obvs) he jumped all over her about in at least three separate tweets to make sure everyone heard him, because it’s appallingly racist and whatnot. This included saying he’d written to The Sunday Times and her publisher that they should drop her as a writer. He seems to have deleted those tweets, as well. Asshat.