Did #illridewithyou turn into #iliedtoyou?

It seems that the media and the lefty luvvies who were dead kent to hug a muslim had been sold a pup with the so-called #illridewithyou rubbish.

I had a discussion with someone on Thursday about this, and I was suspicious of the whole Twitter meme…likening it to #kony2012.

Slacktivism at its worst.

It seems I was right, with the woman credited with the originating story that lead to the creation of the hashtag  now confessing to lying about her encounter.

GAPS have appeared in the story that inspired the #illridewithyou Twitter phenomenon.

University lecturer [and former Greens candidate] Rachael Jacobs had originally posted a status on Facebook, explaining how she offered to protect a woman who felt uncomfortable wearing her hijab.

According to her story, Ms Jacobs had seen the woman beginning to remove her scarf, and ran after her, saying “Put it back on. I’ll walk with you.”

The exchange took place on a Brisbane train, while the Sydney siege was taking place in Sydney’s Martin Place.

But did a “conversation” actually occur?

It seems not. The Brisbane Times reports a different story:

By sheer fluke, we got off at the same station, and some part of me decided saying something would be a good thing. Rather than quiz her about her choice of clothing, I thought if I simply offered to walk her to her destination, it might help.

It’s hard to describe the moment when humans, and complete strangers, have a conversation with no words. I wanted to tell her I was sorry for so many things – for overstepping the mark, for making assumptions about a complete stranger and for belonging to a culture where racism was part of her everyday experience.

But none of those words came out, and our near silent encounter was over in a moment.

If something walks like a duck and quacks like a duck it probably is a duck. In this case this duck is a load of b.s.

Finally Rachael Jacobs fesses up.

However Rachael Jacobs has admitted that she “editorialised’’ parts of her story.

“Confession time. In my Facebook status, I editorialised. She wasn’t sitting next to me. She was a bit away, towards the other end of the carriage,” she wrote.

Detailing her thought process, Ms Jacobs now says she wondered if she even needed to help.“She might not even be Muslim or she could have just been warm!,” she wrote.

The hashtag continues to divide people on social media, with some lauding it as Australia’s way of combating Islamophobia.

Others say it detracts from the real tragedy of two people being murdered at Martin Place.

Editorialised? Does she mean made stuff up…because that i generally what that means.

I’m with those who think that the hashtag moved focus onto feeling sorry for the Muslim community rather than the victims of a jihadist nutter intent on carnage.

Andrew Bolt thinks so too.

What made this #illridewithyou so offensive is that it deflected sympathy from the hostages – still in captivity – to those who shared the jihadists’ faith, and that it presumed Australians were so racist that they’d go on a pogrom (which, yet again, they did not).

The leftists love this sort of slacktivism, it makes them feel good, but how many of those tweeting the hastag actually did ride with a Muslim…I suspect not one.


– The Australian, Brisbane Times


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  • Cadwallader

    It just had to be a woolly-headed university lecturer who dreamed up this stupid ruse. The modern attributes needed by a woman like Jacobs to hold down a Chair start and finish with meddlesome stupidity. I would be interested to learn what she lectures in….I bet it is some sort of Sociology course, Womens’ Studies, Lesbian Geography,…in other words something worthless.

    • Korau

      “Ms Jacobs is currently a Lecturer in Creative Arts Education at
      Australian Catholic University and as part of her role has been
      successful in attaining a number of grants relating to arts education
      and alternative assessment practices.”

      Interesting looking photo.

      Source : http://www.usq.edu.au/alumni/enewsletter/ayamarchrachael

      • Cadwallader

        I almost “hit the nail.” She certainly has lying down as a creative art!

  • ruawai

    I linked this yesterday but fits this story better, local Franklin County News writer John Allen getting on the leftie MSM band wagon rather than reporting on rural issues. http://e-edition.franklincountynews.co.nz/#folio=2

  • 1951

    editorialized: [WO dictionary] created,fabricated….manipulation of the word/coveted skill of Political Editors.
    slactivism:[WO dictionary]………………….?

    • Chris EM

      My take on it;
      slacktivism: taking on and supporting a cause without doing any research; looking for one’s own fifteen minutes of fame at the expense of others

      • 1951

        Both. I used to run to my retired English teacher/neighbor to explain the meaning of well-used abbreviations that are no-longer acceptable on WO. Now there is definitely a need for a page for Whale-er-isms like slacktivism, half-witty & SFNs.

  • Chris EM

    A Greens candidate and self confessed activist.
    There we go, that’s why she feels it’s Ok to fabricate a story like that, and feel no guilt. Stupid woman.

    • BlitzkriegNZ

      Just like an Islamist, it’s ok to lie for the benefit of their cause.

    • OneTrack

      Why stupid? 90% of the time, they get away with it.

      • Chris EM

        Yeah, I’m sure she’ll get away with it, OneTrack. I believe she is stupid because she is a Greens candidate and an activist doing stupid things that only their own kind are stupid enough to applaud.

  • Eddie

    I don’t believe all Muslims are evil or bad. I do think there needs to be some reformation within Islam and I look forward to the movement gaining momentum as more people have the conversation.
    We do a disservice to too many people by sanctimoniously hashtaging platitutes.

    • Cadwallader

      I don’t accept that all the people working in “The Twin Towers” were evil or bad either, but to assume widespread decency is to adopt a huge risk.

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      • Eddie

        Many apologies!
        Thank you for your swift actions.

  • Betty Swallocks

    I thought there was a distinct whiff of Eau de Cunliffe about this from the start. I thought at first it was just sycophantic idiots rushing to show that they care more than you do. It turns out that it isn’t even something as random – looking at the Facebook page there is not only the smell of Cunliffe but a hint of Logie in there as well.

  • CheesyEarWax

    So she tells porkies, which is appropriate for a Green party candidate, but she is a lecturer? Her university need to sack her to retain their credibility.

  • burns_well_eh

    “I wanted to say sorry for so many things…”

    Not a relative of The Cunliffe by any chance?

  • Eddie

    Hashtagging sanctimonious platitudes does a great disservice to truly oppressed people.
    I don’t believe all Muslims are bad or evil. There is something a little wrong when Imams will condemn the violence but not the motives.
    #illridewithyou should be #letstalkaboutIslamReform

    • OneTrack

      Even the moderates will vote for Sharia Law in your neighbourhood.

    • Benoni

      While the Muslims themselves are no badder or more evil than the rest of us they do have an evil and bad spirituality which very easily and quickly leads to hating and murdering Jews, mistreating and despising women, and lying to and discriminating against and punishing all those who do not believe exactly the same bull as they do about the Evil prophet Mohammed and his false god Allah.

  • Mikex

    I’d be happy to ride with Muslims……..on the way to the airport to say goodbye.

    Problem with religion is that moderates tolerate fundamentalists and fundamentalists tolerate extremists……….the other problem is that Muslims really DO believe.

  • papagaya

    Thanks for this story. The I’ll Ride With You campaign smelt like BS at the time, and now to discover it was all based on a lie .. make no mistake, the I’ll Ride With You trope will swiftly evaporate the next time there’s an Islamic attack in Oz that can’t be explained away by “mental instability” or lone wolf syndrome. For someone mentally unstable, Monis had a remarkable ability to plan and execute his many crimes. And for a lone wolf, he had a surprising amount of support, with 14,000 facebook likes. That’s more than anyone I know.

  • All_on_Red

    It’s getting quite a hammering on Twitter. I thought the below photo Iowahawk attached to his #illridewithyou was pretty pointed.. Ride with you straight into the Twin Towers…

  • idbkiwi

    I saw this mentioned in WO Backchat thursday night and tracked it down on the TV3 News website to confirm. Can you believe that last sentence?, from a journalist?, y’know they only deal in facts.


  • redeye

    As offensive as it may seem she probably is quite within her rights change the definition of bullshitting to editorialising. Anyone who regularly reads a newspaper would understand the meaning quite clearly.

  • kloyd0306

    The meaning of “gullible” and “apathy” is becoming somewhat blurred.

    Where was the “peaceful” bit in Monis’ actions?

  • Alexander K

    I worked with all sorts in the UK and found Muslims not very different from any other group. My immediate superior, a Sunni and the wittiest man I have ever worked with, absolutely detested the ‘professionally aggrieved’ Muslims who held protests against Brit soldiers being flown home after being severely wounded in action in the Middle East and anything else they could manufacture outrage over. In a serious moment, he outlined to me the risks for any country that allowed large numbers of his faith in as immigrants. He insisted that the less sensible of his faith are a majority and want to be very successful in Western terms but generally don’t have the education,the skills or the work ethic to do that, so when they find themselves stuck in menial positions after boasting to their old relatives in their home countries about how they would succeed once they arrived in the UK, Australia, Canada, the US, etc blame the Infidel for conspiring against them but never seek to go to night school or do anything to increase their skill base. That demographic of Muslim men has the highest suicide rate among any incomer population anywhere in the world. Surprisingly, those who adhere to other faiths and are from the Indian sub-continent don’t share this profile in any way.
    This particular bloke came from a well-educated and successful family – well-off retired merchant-class parents, both older brothers are doctors and his only sister owns a Television shopping channel somewhere in the US. Not the type to cause trouble, wherever they live.

    • 1951

      Interesting the suicide rate, I hadn’t read else where. I feel that these people need to follow the rest of the world and reduce the size of their families before they strip all the resources around them. Everyone needs a sense of purpose and no environment can provide for an ever-increasing population as the Muslim community. That’s the crux as I see it.