It’s nothing new in American culture to see beloved children’s characters fight America’s most heinous and evil enemies. Daffy Duck famously took on Adolf Hitler and the Nazis in a Looney Toons cartoon during World War II. One of Batman’s first screen enemies was the Japanese, also during World War II. South Park parodied the Looney Toons style in an episode about Osama Bin Laden a month after 9/11. Still, the whole thing is a little bit weirder when, instead of in a show or movie, it’s happening on some redneck’s front lawn, and the children’s character is using his penis to fight said enemy.
I’m not generally big on the “How am I supposed to explain this my kids” excuse — because who gives a shit, that’s not my problem. But if I were a parent, I wouldn’t be thrilled at the prospect of having to explain that the jolly man who brings my small children presents (Santa’s involvement would really pique their interest, I imagine) took his pants off and peed on the letters I-S-I-S because they’re an organization that actually exists and murders anyone who isn’t them in horrifying ways, all because my trashy neighbor Jimbo wanted to prove to the neighborhood that he loves America the most. Next thing I know Rob the Fourth Googles ISIS, finds a video of some 19-year-old Turkish kid getting his head sloppily sawed off with a machete, and I’m spending the next 10 years running into his room in the middle of the night to stick a wallet in his mouth so he doesn’t bite his tongue off in a night terror rampage.
That said, from what I’ve read, ISIS is extremely sensitive to being mocked — apparently they take themselves quite seriously, who knew? So any form of trolling them is still a net positive.
If you are going to troll ISIS like this, be sure to give your neighbors a heads up first, because spelling the word ISIS in lights on your house could raise some eyebrows, and by that I mean send someone into a panic. At least that’s according to the Portland Press Herald:
A local resident or passer-by contacted the York County Sheriff’s Office and media outlets to express concerns that the homeowner might be an “ISIS sympathizer,” according to York County Sheriff William King.
“Sheriff’s deputies visited the home and the word ‘ISIS’ is lit up bright and clear. What is not so clear is that Santa Claus is ‘relieving’ himself on the words,” King said in a statement Saturday evening. “Deputies spoke with the homeowner explaining why the sheriff’s office took an interest in his holiday display and the homeowner stated he was going to rearrange the lights to clear up any doubts about his message.”
It’s not often that more clearly showing a grown man urinating in your yard solves a problem with the police..