An incident near Finsbury Park Mosque in London in which a man died and 10 people were injured after a man drove a van into worshippers is being treated as a “terrorist attack,” Met Police confirmed.
The first media reports were naturally wary of describing it as a terror incident — the headline on the first BBC story was “Vehicle hits pedestrians in Finsbury Park” — as they were waiting for more details to trickle in.
However, one media organisation overreached with a really weird tweet: “Clean-shaven white man arrested by police as at least 10 people are injured.”
It was just a matter of time until people on Twitter weighed in, underlining the perceived double standard The Daily Mail and other tabloids have when reporting about Islamist attacks:
People called on the “clean-shaven white male community” to condemn the attack, just like it routinely happens with Muslims:
When will the clean-shaven white male community condemn this attack?
— Sagar Patel (@EatTheBurrito) June 19, 2017
Clean shaven? Why not freshly showered? Or bright eyed? Disgusting.
— Wardah Khalid (@wardahkhalid_) June 19, 2017
Others tried to fix the headline for The Daily Mail:
Other people condemned the attack on behalf of the “clean-shaven white male” community’:
Glad we have that important detail of “clean shaven” before “white,” the most important descriptor which changes the entire media coverage https://t.co/m2htvfKpB7
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) June 19, 2017
While there were some people who asked important questions about his fade: