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'Brilliant Engineer' Bin Laden, 'Poor Farmer' Thanos: Twitter Mocks Washington Post's Baghdadi Headline

#WaPoDeathNotices began trending online, and as of now, it is the top trend on Twitter worldwide.

Jashodhara Mukherjee | News18.com

Updated:October 29, 2019, 8:14 AM IST
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'Brilliant Engineer' Bin Laden, 'Poor Farmer' Thanos: Twitter Mocks Washington Post's Baghdadi Headline
#WaPoDeathNotices began trending online, and as of now, it is the top trend on Twitter worldwide.

An obituary headline in the Washington Post about Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the deceased commander-in-chief of ISIS, has sparked outrage and triggered heated debates on social media. US President Donald Trump, on Sunday, announced that Baghdadi, who had managed to remain out of public eye, had finally been killed in a military strike in Syria.

While millions around the world rejoiced, the Washington Post's coverage of the news sparked a controversy online. The piece in question was originally titled "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Islamic State "terrorist-in-chief", dies at 48". It was then modified to "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at the helm of Islamic State, dies at 48".

Several around the world criticised the move and said that "terrorist-in-chief" seemed like an apt headline, whereas the modified version seemed to glorify a man who was nothing but a criminal who deserved what he got.

Soon, #WaPoDeathNotices began trending online, and as of now, it is the top trend on Twitter worldwide. As everything else on Twitter, the outrage has turned into a hilarious trend. People have been sharing eulogies of people, with the hashtag, and it has us in splits.

The funny bunch on Twitter decided to share names of some of the biggest criminals in recent history - classic examples of 'villains', who have passed away, combining it with descriptions of their jobs that don't quite paint the reality. For instance, Hannibal Lecter, a fictional cannibalistic serial killer, has been described as a "fine cuisine connoisseur". Similarly, Hitler has been described as "scholar of gaseous behaviour in confined spaces."

Just as referring to Baghdadi as an "austere religious scholar" can be called a euphemism (which, to be honest, wasn't necessary), these notorious men and women who are well-known for their shocking criminal activities have been described sarcastically in a euphemistic manner. Check these out below:

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