American author Joyce Carol Oates has a considerable following on Twitter but a recent post left many online commenters baffled.
Wading into the discussion over the so-called Islamic State in the wake of the horrific terror attacks on Paris, Beirut and Ankara, she asked why everything we hear about the terror group is so negative.
"All we hear of ISIS is puritanical and punitive, is there nothing celebratory of joyous?" the 77-year-old mused.
All we hear of ISIS is puritanical & punitive; is there nothing celebratory & joyous? Or is query naive?— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) November 22, 2015
The celebrated writer, who has penned more than 40 novels, also asked if she was being "naive" to consider the idea, and was then bombarded by tweets slamming her.
Her tweet was retweeted nearly 300 times as Twitter users accused her of wanting to "party with ISIS" while another writer asked whether we should also consider the "punctual trains" that ran during the Holocaust, as well as the "death and misery".
@JoyceCarolOates you wanna party with ISIS— Mrs. Dan Abromowitz (@AnnDabromowitz) November 22, 2015
@JoyceCarolOates The crowd always seems upbeat at those stonings they host.— Winston Aldworth (@WinstonAldworth) November 22, 2015
I hear they love Blood Pong. “@JoyceCarolOates: All we hear of ISIS is puritanical & punitive; is there nothing celebratory & joyous??”— Yes, Nick $earcy! (@yesnicksearcy) November 23, 2015
All we hear about the Holocaust is death and misery; why do we never hear the positive, like the punctual trains? https://t.co/YTowncQMl6— sean thomas knox (@thomasknox) November 23, 2015
@JoyceCarolOates they seemed happy the time they roasted to death those men upside down over open fires. Take a look, see if you like it— David Jones (@metaburbia) November 22, 2015
@JoyceCarolOates their graphic design is better than al-qaeda's imo— dialectix & chill (@badinfinite) November 23, 2015
@JoyceCarolOates extremely naive, Joyce. Google is a wonderful tool.— Josh Delman (@jd87) November 22, 2015