News: ‘Dude, You Have No Koran’ Goes Viral

News: ‘Dude, You Have No Koran’ Goes Viral

Sep 17

A MEME IS BORN: ‘DUDE, YOU HAVE NO KORAN’
By Robert Mackey
New York Times
September 16, 2010

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As with so many things in America these days, a planned Koran-burning in Texas last week that seemed as if it might end in tears, instead ended in Auto-Tuning.

While much of the planet was focused on the possibility that the pastor of a tiny Florida church might burn copies of the Koran to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, David Grisham, a security guard at a nuclear bomb facility who leads a group of Christian activists called “Repent Amarillo,” tried and failed to grill a copy of the Muslim holy book on Saturday in a public park in Amarillo, Tex.

Mr. Grisham’s copycat Koran-burning was thwarted not by a phone call from the Pentagon, or the small band of protesters who placed their hands on the grill he planned to use, but by a 23-year-old skateboarder who swept in and stole the book before it could be burned.

As an Amarillo Globe-News account explained, “Jacob Isom, 23, grabbed David Grisham’s Koran when he became distracted while arguing with several residents at Sam Houston Park about the merits of burning the Islamic holy book.” The newspaper noted that, at the time, Mr. Isom was “carrying a skateboard and wearing a T-shirt with ‘I’m in Repent Amarillo No Joke’ scrawled by hand on the back.”

That’s when Mr. Isom explained to a local news crew that he convinced Mr. Grisham — whose group “aims to deter promiscuity, homosexuality and non-Christian worship practices through confrontation and prayer” — to give up by informing him, “Dude, you have no Koran.”

Readers familiar with the way the “Bed Intruder” meme got rolling will know what happened next. The local news clip featuring Mr. Isom was posted on YouTube, racked up hundreds of thousands of views and was featured on “The Daily Show”. Someone started a Facebook tribute page. Mr. Isom’s image and catch phrase was inscribed on a T-shirt and, before even the Gregory Brothers could act, the clip was remixed, and Auto-Tuned, into a song:

But, while Mr. Isom told Gawker on Wednesday that he was happy to find that Jon Stewart “made me a stoner icon,” he explained that he was not that interested in the Internet and didn’t even have a computer, so was not that moved by his new Web stardom. He did, though, express one ambition: to make it into the pages of “High Times,” the marijuana-lover’s magazine of record. On Thursday, that dream came true (see below).

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MAN WHO SAVED KORAN JUST WANTS TO BE IN HIGH TIMES
By Mike Hughes
High Times
September 16, 2010

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A 23-year-old man made headlines this week after liberating a kerosene soaked Koran from a grill in Amarillo, Texas. In an apparent show of support for Rev. Terry Jones’s idiotic and ill-fated “Burn a Koran Day” the leader of Repent Amarillo, a conservative Christian group “which aims to deter promiscuity, homosexuality and non-Christian worship practices through confrontation and prayer,” planned to set fire to the Islamic holy book. However, Jacob Isom, 23, jumped in and saved the day, snatching the book and then handing it over to “a religious leader from the Islamic Center of Amarillo.”

Isom made headlines both for his courageous act as well as his now infamous sound bite: “Dude, you have no Koran.” The Daily Show helped contribute to this overnight sensation by playing the clip from a local news station and T-shirts are currently selling over the Internet.

Isom seems to enjoy the attention – he appreciates that Jon Stewart “made [him] a stoner icon.” He appreciates the Facebook page that sprung up despite the fact that he doesn’t own a computer. However, there’s one bit of attention that Isom wants and hasn’t received – that is, until now.

“I want to be in HIGH TIMES,” Isom told Gawker.com. “I tried to call them … That’s why I was so excited when you called. I thought it might be them, calling back.”

Well Jacob, your wish is granted. You will appear in the next issue of HIGH TIMES Magazine. And, we at HIGH TIMES wish to thank you for your bravery in the face of intolerance.

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