ISIS-Chan was created early this year on the largest Japanesebulletin board 2ch, where users had previously, perhaps in response to the ISIS murder of two Japanese citizens, uploaded images of ISIS terrorists photoshopped into various animes as a way of subverting the group’s online presence. ISIS-Chan remains popular on Japanese social media and image boards and has now recently been catching on Europe and America.
The protests are going even further. The activists of the ISIS-Chan movement, along with efforts from Anonymous, have been flooding the accounts of Twitter users that are sympathetic to ISIS with pictures of ISIS-chan. Via“this is about message control and battling propaganda and fear with memes by reducing ISIS to anime characters.”
There are further efforts underway to get ISIS-Chan popular enough so that a Google image search for the term “ISIS” will only turn up a bunch of images of the adorable mascot, instead of, you know, terror and beheadings. Pagliery notes that the group organizing the campaign has rules. “No insulting Islam — or showing its religious symbols. Always respect images of hostages. No gore. No porn.”
Inspired by ISIS-Chan we want to present PYD-Xan as a Support for the YPG- and YPJ-Fighters: