A racist car advertisement has sparked outrage after the motorist said he refuses to sell his vehicle to Muslims.
The man, known only as Steve, posted a for sale sign on his Subaru Impreza. At the bottom, below the description of the car, in bold, it reads: “Muslims Need Not Call As I WONT Sell You My Car…”, the Daily Mail reports.
Yet after the sign was shared on Twitter, many angrily called the man, whose cell phone number could be identified from the post.
“How will he know what religion someone is just by speaking to them? Idiot,” Twitter user Ian Seabrook wrote.
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However, many also approached the post with amusement.
Indeed, Twitter users created hashtag campaign #BuyStevesCar in response.
“Let’s all call Steve and buy his car,” Na’eem Raza posted, while another joked, “Somebody is going to have to get a new phone number!”
“Call him and offer him 30 million Muslim dollars. He'll sell,” Seabrook later chimed in.
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Others simply mocked the sign itself.
“Steve, buddy, it’s ‘extras’, not ‘extra’s’. Muslims helped create algebra, not grammar,” user Cuneform said.
The case is just one of many Islamophobic incidents capturing international attention recently.
In March, PR boss Matthew Doyle was arrested for inciting racial hatred for a tweet he posted March 23 that went viral, USAUKOnline.com reports.
“I confronted a Muslim woman in Croydon yesterday. I asked her to explain Brussels,” the tweet said, before Twitter took it down. “She said "nothing to do with me". A mealy mouthed reply.”
His other tweets expressed similar anti-Muslim sentiment, stating, “No more Muslim migration!”
However, he showed no remorse for the statements.
“I don't care anymore. I am just making a point. I am not out of sync. I think people who are criticizing me are out of sync,” he said, and added, “I have the right in a democratic society to speak my own mind.”
“I don't think it's stereotyping. Would you be afraid of me on the Tube? Any Londoner has to be vigilant and alert as the Islamic threat is a big one. It could happen here and it probably will. There was 7/7 and then look what happened with Lee Rigby, that was horrific,” he added.