On Friday, word of an Uppsala University study suggesting that some ancient Vikings were Muslim converts went rocketing around the Internet and hit Twitter like a bomb.
Uppsala researchers found Vikings buried in Sweden with cloth inscribed with the word “Allah,” the Muslim word for “God,” suggesting that as they roamed the world, Vikings encountered adherents to Islam and perhaps some of them converted.
Vikings are one of white supremacists’ most favorite things, embodying the “racial purity” and ferocity in war that thousands of 4chan keyboard warriors aspire to. Nazi websites like The Daily Stormer regularly truck in Viking imagery and Norse myth when appealing to disaffected whites, so the news that some Vikings could be Muslim was bound to hit some racists pretty hard.
Indeed, reactions on Twitter broke down into two categories, gleefully cackling liberals and dubious, skeptical people with “Deplorable” in their screen name or tiny U.S. flags next to their avatars.
The conservative consensus on the news was that Vikings might have plundered some Muslim fabrics to take back home, but that Vikings would never, ever, ever worship those brown people’s God, what are you thinking?
— Von Sheep (@vonsheep) October 13, 2017
In fact, there was at least one woman Viking, and she was apparently a high-ranking officer. But don’t let that stop you, Deplorables.
The title is misleading, the material might of came from the Middle East, but The Vikings were not Muslim
— Ileata Kenley (@ileata) October 13, 2017
Viking raids a Middle Eastern trader & thinks this is cool cloth. Gets buried with it. Now Vikings are Muslim? https://t.co/QCIrar4ny2
— RightTrak (@RightTrak) October 13, 2017
https://t.co/Q0LHQMLO8a "BBC Trying to Spin Viking Plunder Find Into a Narrative of Muslim Vikings. No Doubt a Pretext to a False History …
— ChristianPatriot (@SavetheUSNation) October 13, 2017
— ⚛️April⚛️ (@hotjetset) October 13, 2017
— Reaganite (@dj1darrell) October 13, 2017
More likely looted booty, you boobs!
Were Vikings Muslim? New research finds 'Allah' woven into burial clothes https://t.co/tdu74KIXrG
— De Pluribus Unum (@De_Pluribus_Unu) October 13, 2017
THIS is pure BS
— John DeSalvo (@JohnDeSalvo10) October 13, 2017
Bull article. The part about Muslim theological influences on Vikings was especially hilarius. Al-Valhallah…
— History Twerp (@History_Twerp) October 13, 2017
On the other side were liberal onlookers to the carnage — who were clearly relishing some schadenfreude stirred into their Friday morning coffee.
Please don't tell Prison Planet there were Muslim Vikings because I don't think the little poppet could hack it
— Martin Belam (@MartinBelam) October 13, 2017
Wait until white supremacists find out Vikings were Muslim.https://t.co/vOrZoxHkes
— Kubasa In A Glass (@theeked) October 13, 2017
because “Muslim Vikings” is the only possible TV show pitch that could prove even better than “Vikings”
— Squarely Rooted (@squarelyrooted) October 13, 2017
The fact that the Vikings and Muslim Persians totally interacted with each other in olden times is so cool.
— people eater porg (@spurlunk) October 13, 2017
Let's be real. Time line of history clearly supports that there was contact between vikings and the muslim hemisphere. This ain't propaganda
— Tom Non_Comedian (@Non_Comedian) October 13, 2017
Waiting for the squeals from the racists at the prospect of Muslim Vikings: https://t.co/z1XKCRQBxo
— John Glover (@JohnEGlover) October 13, 2017