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ISIS Clothing Fuelling Terror

ISIS Clothing Fuelling Terror

By: Brandon Funes

The terrorist group ISIS, which continues to plaster daily newspapers with the chaos it is causing around the world at the moment, is now attacking the fashion world with a clothing line that includes T-shirts, razorbacks, hoodies, and even baby clothing featuring the ISIS logo.

The terrorist group ISIS, which continues to plaster daily newspapers with the chaos it is causing around the world at the moment, is now attacking the fashion world with a clothing line that includes T-shirts, razorbacks, hoodies, and even baby clothing featuring the ISIS logo. This is definitely created for western society, and intended for a rebellious hipster audience, as it seems very unlikely to see a woman wearing an ISIS printed razorback in the Middle East. Although the clothing being made likely does not have any real connection to the terror group, the clothing symbolises belonging to the group and produces advertisement for extremists. At a time when we should be promoting counter-terrorism, the idea that this collection can be labelled as 'cool' to wear is both repulsive and frightening.

Unfortunately, wearing controversial clothing is not anything new. From anti-patriotic, upside-down American flags and vandalised pictures of the Queen, we have also witnessed countless anti-religious pieces, people wearing swastika signs, and even clothing that embraces the Ku-Klux-Klan. However, this time the violent propaganda that is being placed on clothing is dangerous. To many at first, the clothing might seem more so as a form of being rebellious than anything else, but it is working to draw more people into the extremist ideology. 

Currently, the most common way people are being radicalised is through persistent online recruitment. Giving into wearing this clothing will be an early part of radicalisation for some, whether it is the ones wearing it or the ones that see it being worn by the 'cool kids'. This is a dangerous weapon for the troubled and impressionable. So if you come across this clothing at a local street market on your search for something fresh and ironic, go with the shirt that says 'Kanye for President' instead.