People are parodying The Washington Post after the newspaper referred to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as an "austere religious scholar" in a headline about his death.
Al-Baghdadi died after detonating a suicide vest during a US military ground raid on Saturday, President Donald Trump confirmed Sunday.
The Post changed its descriptor of al-Baghdadi in its headline multiple times on Sunday.
The original headline called him the "
Islamic State's terrorist-in chief."
- Then it called him an "austere religious scholar at the helm of Islamic State."
- It was finally changed to "extremist leader."
—Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) October 27, 2019
The second reference to al-Baghdadi as an "austere religious scholar" drew the most criticism.
People said it made light of the extreme brutality that al-Baghdadi was known for, including personally promoting terrorist attacks around the world, and the systematic rape of women captured by ISIS.
The headline change also inspired people to write parody headlines, under the hashtag #WaPoDeathNotices, describing the deaths of other notoriously cruel figures like al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and "Harry Potter" villain Voldemort.
Here are some of them.
—Sen. Denise Batters (@denisebatters) October 27, 2019
—Thor Benson (@thor_benson) October 27, 2019
—Joe DeVito (@JoeDeVitoComedy) October 27, 2019
—Elayne Boosler (@ElayneBoosler) October 27, 2019
—Kassy Dillon (@KassyDillon) October 27, 2019
—Mike (@Doranimated) October 28, 2019
—Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 27, 2019
—Suzuki Nathie (@suzukinathie) October 27, 2019
Kristine Coratti Kelly, The Washington Post's vice president of communications, tweeted on Sunday that the headline "should never have read that way" and editors "changed it quickly".