Award-Winning Author Joyce Carol Oates Looks for ‘Celebratory & Joyous’ Aspects of ISIS


Award-winning author Joyce Carol Oates came under intense fire from social media users on Sunday after tweeting that she has only heard “puritanical & punitive” things about the Islamic State and wonders whether there is anything “celebratory & joyous” about the terrorist group.

The National Book Award-winning author followed up that tweet with several more in the same vein:

Oates was roundly mocked for the comments on Twitter:

Even left-wing Salon couldn’t protect its own, calling Oates’ tweet “beautifully bonkers.”

Oates isn’t a stranger to Twitter dust-ups. In June, the author expressed her outrage at big-game hunting by retweeting a photo of a man posing next to a large dead animal, writing: “So barbaric that this should still be allowed… No conservation laws in effect wherever this is?”

The man in the photo was director Steven Spielberg posing in front of a “dead” triceratops on the set of Jurassic Park.


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