People across the world have been responding to a so-called terrorism “expert’s” statement that Birmingham is a “no-go” zone for non-Muslims in the best way they can – with humour.
Since Steven Emerson made the absurd comments during a live television broadcast with a Fox News journalist in the US, commenters have come up with some cracking reactions.
During the interview at the weekend, the self-proclaimed "internationally recognized expert on terrorism and national security" said: "In Britain, it's not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim, where non-Muslims just simply don't go in."
"And in parts of London there are actually Muslim religious police who beat and actually wound seriously anyone who doesn't dress according to Muslim religious attire."
Many people took to social media to respond to the bizarre broadcast with the ironic hashtag “Fox News facts”, which was still proving popular and within the top trending topics on Twitter on Monday.
Britain is home to an Islamic regime called 'mecca bingo' #foxnewsfacts— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) January 11, 2015
There were plenty of beard jokes being shared online.
And far-fetched claims of new hijab laws for animals, jam jars and even the Queen.
And burkas for buildings…
There was even the suggestion that if Emerson’s crazy statements were true, maybe television presenter Adrian Chiles would be a radical cleric.
And then there were a few pun-based jokes and cartoons too.
Birmingham's refuse collectors are all Bin Laden #FoxNewsFacts— DaveHill (@DaveHill) January 11, 2015
Followed by caption competitions.
A Muslim woman, made use of the #Illridewithyou hashtag – first used by Australians offering to travel with those wearing religious attire on public transport following the Sydney siege on December 16.
And this journalist got another comment from Emerson.
His apology included a reference to "the beautiful city of Birmingham".
While facts can prove Birmingham is in no way “totally Muslim”, whether Birmingham can be called beautiful has been left open to debate.
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