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Muslims to ISIS: Sorry, Too Busy Binge-Watching to Join You

A call to arms prompted snarky replies on social media

ISIS’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi recently called on Muslims around the world to “join the fight,” but social media users have been quick to offer their reasons for staying at home.

A writer and human rights activist named Iyad El-Baghdadi translated ISIS’s call to arms into English on Twitter, where the snarky responses have been rolling in. One of the most popular excuses? Too much can’t-miss TV and film, like the newly released Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the upcoming Sherlock special.

Another popular distraction: video games.

Even podcasts got some love:

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