After WaPo calls dead ISIS Leader “austere religious scholar” Twitter users torch paper with hashtag

WASHINGTON D.C. – President Trump’s announcement that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was dead after an operation by United States military was cheered by most Americans. Al-Baghdadi, a brutal terrorist responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people and responsible for the kidnapping, torture and murder of several U.S. citizens, was at the top of terror target lists worldwide.

 But when Twitter users saw the headline the Washington Post initially ran on their obituary of al-Baghdadi, all sorts of outrage and hell broke loose under a hashtag dedicated to mocking the paper’s soft headline.

 “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48” said the Washington Post headline. Although the paper quickly changed the headline when the outrage erupted, the hashtag #WaPoDeathNotices had already been born.

Mocking the paper by writing similarly fawning headlines for the death notices of all sorts of brutal figures, both historic and fictional, these Twitter users had some of the best takes:


John Wilkes Booth, noted thespian:

Adolf Hitler, talented orator:

Bonnie and Clyde, worked in the banking sector:

A fresh take on al-Baghdadi:

Jeffrey Dahmer, avant-garde gastronomist:

Satan even gets an obit rewrite:

Al Capone, community leader:

Timothy McVeigh, fertilizer enthusiast:

Julius Caesar died surrounded by friends:

Lee Harvey Oswald, parade enthusiast:

Pablo Escobar, chemist:

Mussolini, railway enthusiast:

Saddam Hussein, oil baron and tough boss (this one from a Canadian Senator, no less!):

Genghis Khan, world traveler:

Judas was not spared:

Osama Bin Laden, SJW:

They couldn’t do Hitler without doing Goebbels:

How close to accurate would this one be if the Washington Post actually had to write the obit today?

Some of the fictional characters with fresh obits thanks to #WaPoDeathNotices.

Ben Shapiro for the win on Voldemort:

Hannibal Lecter, food connoisseur:

Jabba the Hut, collector of fine art:

Darth Vader, single dad:

Wicked Witch, broom enthusiast:

Hans Gruber, from injuries sustained in a fall:

Dracula, hematologist:

Thanos, rare gem collector:

Cersei, the austere diplomat:

Cersei’s son, Joffrey the innovator:

And another Game of Thrones character:

Palpatine, scholar of the Force:

So close to Halloween, you knew this was coming:

And his counterpart:

There are many more to peruse, check out hashtag #WaPoDeathNotices at

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