Two podcasters are in hot water after releasing merchandise designed to resemble the ISIS flag.
Anna Khachiyan and Dasha Nekrasova organize the podcast Red Scare in which they discuss film, art and current affairs.
They are notorious for their inflammatory views on cultural movements such as #MeToo and Black Lives Matter, as well as their enthusiastic use of comments deemed offensive.
Both women, who have many followers on Twitter and Instagram, have been labeled bigots by others multiple times in the show’s nearly three-year history.
Rather than shy away from their reputation as “gleefully offensive,” the New York-based hosts have embraced the controversy.
This week they launched a new product line called the podcast in a design that mimics the black and white flag used by Islamic terror groups, including ISIS.
Items available include a black short-sleeved T-shirt and a pink long-sleeved shirt, both of which hosts have modeled in social media posts promoting the garments.
This announcement has enraged many who accused Khachiyan and Nekrasova of alleviating the suffering inflicted by ISIS, who have killed thousands in the Middle East, as well as in terror attacks on foreign soil.
An Iraqi Twitter user responded to Nekrasova’s promotional tweet: “My father’s entire family is from Mosul.
“If he saw you wearing this in public, it would remind him of the pain, suffering and trauma of our family and friends and people.
“It’s not funny, it’s not cute, you don’t make fun of anything, you carry a terrorist flag.”
Another replied, “Thousands of girls and women were raped, slaughtered or taken as slaves by ISIS. But hey, edgy right. So close to the original.”
Others accused the hosts of displaying “white privileges” and using terrorism as a “fashion trend.”
“This is disgusting to seek real help,” said one Twitter user, while another asked, “How could you ever think this was okay?”
The original link to the website selling the items now appears to be broken, although it’s unclear whether this means Shopify has stopped selling them or if other technical issues are to blame.
It’s not the first time that Red Scare merchandise has incorporated the ISIS flag design, previously black hoodies and shirts with white text in the signature calligraphic font.
The name Red Scare is a reference to the hosts’ Eastern European heritage – Khachiyan is Russian-Armenian and Nekrasova is from Belarus – as well as their generally left-wing or socialist political views.
Guests included Trump strategist Steve Bannon, Irish academic Angela Nagle and former presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard.
The podcast’s Patreon earns an average of £ 26,755 per month from subscribers.