• October 1, 2023

People Are Mocking The Oregon ‘Militia’ On Social Media By Calling Them These Things

A tense standoff at an Oregon wildlife center led by armed, primarily white, antigovernment protesters captivated social media on Sunday as users alternately debated their motives and ridiculed them.

It began on Saturday, when the group took control of the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southern Oregon, to protest the jail sentences of two men who set fire to federal land. The occupiers were led by Ammon Bundy, whose father, Cliven Bundy, made national headlines for a tense encounter with law enforcement in a similar dispute in 2014.

While news organizations were initially using #OregonUnderAttack to talk about the standoff, Twitter users started using some less-neutral terms to refer to the “militia.” The primary hashtag Twitter users began employing was #YallQaeda, clearly likening the Oregon group to Al Qaeda.


After that, the terrorism-related puns really took off. The next biggest was #VanillaISIS

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