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The #FuckParis hashtag sends the internet into a fury

Almost everyone was horrified by the terrorist attacks in France. Right?

Almost everyone was horrified by the terrorist attacks in France. Right?



The Internet is freakin’ livid. Okay, so it always is. But this time it's especially so over an incendiary hashtag belittling the terrorist attacks in Paris.

By Sunday, as the world collectively mourned the 129 lives lost in France, “#FuckParis” was jarringly trending on the social media platform known for respectful exchanges of opinion. The idea, or so it seemed, was to compare the attacks to the history of violence and oppression black people have experienced. Some argued that the Paris atrocity pales in comparison to what generations of black men and women have endured — including the Minneapolis police shooting of Jamar Clark.

— Derrick Brown (@dbrownmissou) November 16, 2015
The conservative Breitbart blog and many Twitter users pinned the hashtag on "resentful black activists" and Black Lives Matter supporters. Some people more specifically pointed (without screengrabs) to a Missouri activist, whose account is currently private, as the originator. Others made Paris Hilton jokes.

A quick search of the hashtag Monday found maybe a hundred posts condemning the hashtag and ripping Black Lives Matter for every tweet that ostensibly used it in earnest. But the latter accounts did not appear to have any direct involvement with Black Lives Matter movement. Twitter user @sara_boo54, who did not respond to a message seeking comment, wrote that Twitter deleted her account after a previous #FuckParis tweet. A Twitter spokesperson declined to say whether it suspended hers or any other accounts that used the controversial hashtag.

Shaun King, an activist and New York Daily News writer, and others wrote that there was no truth to claims that Black Lives Matter was behind the hashtag. Some accused the movement’s detractors of creating fake accounts and posting under the hashtag to smear the activist network. Several particularly vitriolic accounts seemed to have been set up after the Paris attacks and exclusively retweeted or posted news and rhetoric relevant to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Miski Noor, an organizer with Black Lives Minneapolis, was unaware of the hashtag Monday afternoon. While she wouldn’t comment specifically on the #FuckParis tweets, she said in general making such comparisons is a bad play.

“I don’t think that we should be comparing different tragedies, just like we shouldn’t be comparing different oppressions,” says Noor, who has been focused on the Jamar Clark demonstrations. “We should be addressing that tragedies exist and oppression exists and that we’re trying to fight for a world that none of us faces this kind of oppression and are treated differently because of how we look.”