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Afghanistan’s Shitposting Taliban Stan Finds Right-Wing Fame

2 11 15

He’s the English-tweeting, shitposting Afghan Taliban fanboy who’s found fame marketing the group’s brutal cultural policies to the far-right in its favorite language of messageboard memes—and Malang Khostay is enjoying his moment.

Despite the hype of his myriad Western Twitter followers, Khostay isn’t a member of the Taliban or its spokesman (although he says he’s looking for a job in the new government). But after the Taliban took control over Afghanistan, he rose to demi-celebrity status among a Western far-right audience eager to have its cultural politics affirmed by a group that’s been ascendant against the same institutions it despises. And Khostay has been only too happy to give the people what they want in meme after meme.

“Well, I am not an official Taliban right now, I am just their social media supporter” he told The Daily Beast in a Twitter direct message interview. “I am the only one from the Taliban talking to westerners in the meme language which they like most. It’s a little bit funny also.”

While not a Taliban official or member, Khostay is close enough for the westerners eager to be noticed by a group whose homophobia, misogyny, and anti-semitism they appreciate.

For better or worse, it’s also established Khostay as a pundit and unofficial Taliban intermediary for more mainstream westerners ignorant of the group and in search of a convenient, social-media accessible interlocutor who can offer them an explanation of Afghanistan’s new government.

According to Khostay, his 35,000 Twitter followers—which include a devoted audience of far-right troll accounts and 4Chan celebrities—have flooded his inbox with “soo many” direct messages professing an interest, real or ironic, in visiting Afghanistan.


© The Daily Beast

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