I’ve a little time to spare and dabble in some writing so I’m going to do it. I’ll talk about that pride post. For the past week or so, I have been reflecting on a pretty bizarre and what has been, a somewhat horrid, turn of events. I am ofcourse speaking about the reaction to *that* picture shared by Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre.
The image of a Muslim women in pride coloured hijab along with a load of hashtags didn’t initially enter on my radar. When it did, I didn’t feel any huge need to comment. It was a Facebook post like many others that I skimmed by. I assumed it was meant to connect with Muslim women who may identify as being gay. And given the comments afterwards, it’s no wonder Amina thinks they need someone to speak to.
Friends soon started sending me links to comments underneath the post and it became clear this post had caused a furore. Some insulted at the depiction of a Muslim women in pride colours, others offended by the hashtags used underneath a Muslim image whilst others accused the organisation of “promoting” homosexuality. If I was to hazard a guess, I’m assuming they promote neither homo nor hetero sexuality….
After reading some particularly awful comments, disgusted, I quipped back with a comment or two of my own. Hate is hate. Don’t be a tube. That’s probably what I should have said but I’m a civil soul.
The following day I received a total of six private messages (all from men?), none of whom were interested in hearing what I had to say. Instead they either patronised, made vile insults or decided that my support for the post meant I was gay. I won’t bother going into the social media trolling which took place when they found me on twitter. Safe to say, I was ashamed to be tied to the same title “Muslim” as those who left hate filled comments under that post.
But I’ll be honest, what really gets my goat over the personal attacks I received is that I have made numerous comments on Facebook posts yet:
Where was my message from you when I commented on a Facebook post talking about Noura Hussain’s case and called for discussions around marital rape?
Where was my message from you when I commented on a Facebook post talking about domestic violence and breaking cultures of silence?
Where was my message from you when I commented on a Facebook post calling out abuse from those in power?
You see, I never received anything then and I’m pretty sure I never will. Maybe if you were able to take the same outrage over an image and focus it on actual problems which exist within our society, the world might actually be a better place.