- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

An anti-misogyny Twitter hashtag created in the wake of a violent killing spree in Santa Barbara, Calif., took a unexpected turn Monday when Iran’s supreme leader used it to blast the “sexual sins” of Western culture.

Twitter users created the activist hashtag #YesAllWomen after Elliot Rodger, dubbed the “virgin killer,” fatally stabbed and shot four men and two women before killing himself Friday night. He had posted a YouTube manifesto vowing revenge on all the women who rejected him and men who dated them.

Feminists typically used the hashtag to blast misogyny and rape culture, but as is the case with many hashtags, it can run the risk of derailing. The counter-tag #NotAllMen was created after many men and women accused the feminists of using the platform to bash men.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the theocratic ruler of the Islamic Republic of Iran, stepped into the discussion on Monday, the Washington Examiner first noted.

“1 of west’s problems which gnaws at foundations of western civilization is promoting sexual sins which ruins families. 02/20/96 #YesAllWomen,” he tweeted to his 55,000 followers.

“True #love is what is solely formed within #family and based on that individuals feel responsible towards one other. 03/22/01 #YesAllWomen,” he said.

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