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The target: Using an image of Shamima Begum in this way may be seen as racist, Islamophobic, and misogynist.

It’s one thing to suggest that IS defector Shamima Begum should not be allowed to return to the UK – but putting her face on a target in a shooting range is completely beyond the pale.

You may recall that This Site ran a poll to gauge public feeling on Ms Begum’s request to return and Home Secretary Sajid Javid’s decision to revoke her citizenship of the UK instead.

After nearly nine days – and 2,151 votes – the result was relatively close, with around 56 per cent saying she should be stripped of citizenship and 44 per cent saying she should keep it.

But there is a world of difference between wanting that young woman to face the consequences of her actions and wishing actual harm upon her, of course – and this is why the decision of the Ultimate Airsoft Range in Wallasey, Merseyside, is unacceptable.

By using an image of Ms Begum as a target on the shooting range, it is encouraging unhealthy fantasies of harming her – and people like her.

We’re looking at racism, Islamophobia, possibly also misogyny. None are welcome.

Amazingly, a spokesperson for the centre actually said the decision to use her as a target allows children as young as six to “have some light-hearted fun bringing out the inner child in all”!

As one commenter in the Mirror‘s version of this story stated: “That’s the ‘inner child?’ Blimey. Wouldn’t want to meet the inner parents.”


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