Qasem Soleimani, we barely knew ye, but now it’s time to say goodbye. That’s because this morning, decade-old tweets emerged that showed the terror leader in a less than flattering light. The Derringer has chosen not to publish the full text of the tweets, but we can confirm that Soleimani expressed open bias against the LGBTQIA2+ community and regressive views about the role of women in society. Needless to say, Soleimani has henceforth been canceled.
The activists who unearthed the old Tweets describe being devastated by what they found. “We were trying to make a retrospective about this brave Muslim man who was a victim of Trump’s incessant bigotry and violence, but when we saw what he had said in early 2011 and 2012 it changed everything. At first, all the tweets were ‘death to America’ and ‘death to Israel,’ and we were all like yaaasss, but then he started saying that women’s work was taking care of the house and children and my heart just sank…”
After the tweets emerged, activists began to pressure Nike to drop Soleimani from his sneaker deal. As #NikeNoHomoPHOBIA began to trend, a spokesperson for the sneaker giant tweeted that they are “very troubled by the seriousness of the allegations,” and “currently reviewing contractual remedies.”