Ilhan Omar, the Somalian-American Congresswoman-elect for Minnesota’s 5th House district, became one of the first two Muslim women to ever be elected to Congress after winning her seat with 78% of the vote.
As predicted, some anonymous racist on the internet tracked down Omar on Instagram and commented that Omar was dangerous.
She wanted to enforce Sharia Law: an oft-misunderstood and maligned school of jurisprudence under Islamic practice. Except, the word the troll used was not “Sharia.”
It was, instead, “Shakira.”
So Omar responded in the most appropriate way we could possibly think of.
Someone in my Instagram comments said I want to enforce Shakira Law.
And you know, hips don’t lie! pic.twitter.com/XRgEkQn5WQ
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) December 21, 2018
The typos of trolls make for such great Twitter threads.
— Ida Skibenes ❄️ (@ida_skibenes) December 21, 2018
This made my day. 😂😂😂💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻
— Shan (@ShandaT612) December 21, 2018
We’re even coming up with some fun new anthems for Democrats!
Where ever 🎶
When ever 🎶
Progressives need to vote together 🎶
You vote there 🎶
And I’ll vote here 🎶
And that’s how you change the world my dear 🎶 pic.twitter.com/DFhH2hOEda
— JenniferV (@2cents4change) December 21, 2018
That person sounds like a Beautiful Liar. pic.twitter.com/fMvw7s637b
— The Dubya (@dwellman21) December 21, 2018
People do not seem to mind the idea of Shakira Law.
I am 100% in support of Shakira law.
— Renee Christine (@reneechristine8) December 21, 2018
Now that’s a law that will make everyone happy. pic.twitter.com/FjT8pNvvkT
— Sara Siddiqui سارہ (@SaraNadeemSidd1) December 21, 2018
Oooh yes please! The arts are woefully underfunded. I’m sure most of us could use the dance and voice lessons. #ShakiraLaw
— Mary P (@MaryPrenosil1) December 21, 2018
Hey, that sounds like a very “hip” law! Tell us more!
— Kelly Green (@brandcoachkelly) December 21, 2018
Shakira law should be the only law that exists
— Tim @ VLD is good, actually (@T1mco) December 21, 2018
Some outside the USA even asked for a little Shakira Law as well.
Do you think you could make it part of international law, please?
— Hanan Ashrawi (@DrHananAshrawi) December 22, 2018
Fellow Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chimed in her support for “Shakira law” and Omar.
They’re not ready for a ‘She Wolf’ like Ilhan 😉 https://t.co/i638bxKOzc
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 21, 2018
You just can’t make up the crazy nonsense that gets said in the United States in 2018.
I’m sorry. I’m sitting here snorting… OMG! pic.twitter.com/T4XYiCnmAx
— Djinnaat (@Djinnaat) December 21, 2018
Best tweet of the day.
— Shaan (@africanus786) December 21, 2018
This is far from the first time Sharia Law has been mistaken for the Colombian singer/dancer.
The Daily Mail shared word of a possibly fake Twitter account that shared their own negative thoughts on Shakira law.
The user, named Barry Stanton, wrote:
“If all these muslims want there shakira law in this country why dont they f*** off back to india.”
The tweet is no longer available, as the account was suspended, but the legacy—and lack of spelling and grammar—lives on.
Don’t know who Barry Stanton is, but I’m totally down for Shakira law. Those hips don’t lie.
— The Fork (@forktweets) December 10, 2017
This Barry Stanton doesn’t realise India is majority Hindu, don’t think Shakira law applies. But hey Beyoncé law I’d bow down to that high priestess.
— REEMA (@REEMA191286) December 10, 2017
“Shakira law” uno Barry Stanton’s legacy lives on. https://t.co/kz7knjxKJa
— AG (@FtblAG) December 22, 2018
The world is ready for Shakira Law…
…and soon-to-be-Representative Ilhan Omar’s sense of humor to grace Washington DC in January.
I would willingly follow Shakira law.
— Jon Tevlin (@Jontevlin) December 21, 2018
Yessss queeen im ready! P pic.twitter.com/SnHLoPH4ro
— 🐐Golden Goat🐐 (@CabraDorada) December 22, 2018
Best clap back ever!! pic.twitter.com/6zMXnl6VNX
— Heart Society (@werheartsociety) December 22, 2018
People would be a lot less angry under Shakira Law.
— Henri le Chat (@MarikaAnsley) December 22, 2018
With Shakira Law & Taco Trucks on every corner…👌🏾👌🏾👌🏾👌🏾
— Ray Thompson (@rathompson01) December 21, 2018
The core of one hell of a nationwide block party…yeah, definitey here for it
— Ray Thompson (@rathompson01) December 22, 2018
Shakira Law rotating Shania Law
Taco Trucks on every corner
Legislation of Marijuana
No cash bail
Automatic voter registration
Election day is a federal holiday
Done🎊fixed America 🇺🇸
— S🌼F☃️inSD🌊🌊 (@SusanDFinSD) December 22, 2018
Oh, I just love this kind of #shade😎
— Jacquette M Timmons (@jacqmtimmons) December 22, 2018
Shakira law actually sounds like a great idea.
— Craig Colby (@CraigColby1) December 22, 2018
Although there were some concerns…
I can’t dance. Will I still be welcome in America when you implement Shakira law or will I have to move? 🤔
— Mary-Catherine (@MaryCat1719) December 22, 2018
Coming to the 116th Congress in 2019: A She-Wolf in your closet.