Last week, we reported on ads from Pamela Geller of American Freedom Defense affixed to the sides of San Francisco buses to spread her message of Islamophobia. They showed controversial Muslim figures (or beyond controversial in the case of Osama Bin Laden) next to quotes connecting their faith to acts of violence.
San Francisco was not about to take that lying down. The far-left leaning city responded like so (Image from StreetCred, facebook page):
Guerilla artists covered Geller's original ad, which showed recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Prime Minister of Turkey, with Geller herself. Her speech bubble reads:
"I'm Pamela Geller and I spread Islamophobia. I don't know why, but it's a struggle for me not to."
It's a great response. Instead of making Geller into a cruel, hateful person, the sneak attack ads make Geller into a bumbling fool with a weird disorder that makes her spread Islamophobia because she can't help herself. It's a surprisingly cheerful way of dealing with her. That's not to say that the guerilla response to Geller is good for debate, but Geller's not trying to start a debate. She's trying to start hate. This parody tears her down in a way that doesn't even acknowledge her point as legitimate, and in this case, that's just fine with me.