ISIS is hilarious — at least, that’s what six British employees of HSBC apparently thought as they gathered in front of a camera recently to stage a mock beheading.
The eight-second video was filmed at a team-building event in Birmingham, England, at a go kart track, no less. But they’re likely not laughing anymore. All of them have been fired, the Independent reported.
That’s because ISIS’ brutal beheadings are very public, and very real, atrocities suffered by real Brits in the past couple years, the Mirror added. Scottish aid worker David Haines was beheaded in Syria in 2013 after being taken hostage, and fellow Scot Alan Henning was killed by ISIS just last year.
The video was posted to Instagram and promptly deleted, but not before it was spotted by the group’s HSBC co-workers. They passed it onto the Sun, the New York Daily News reported.
For its part, HSBC officially stated their horror that the mock ISIS beheading was staged, filmed, and posted.
“As soon as The Sun brought this video to our attention we took the decision to sack the individuals involved. This is an abhorrent video and HSBC would like to apologize for any offense.”
HSBC didn’t say how many people were fired or their positions, NBC News added.
The pretend beheading was a bit too close to real life for comfort, except the HSBC staff used a coat hanger rather than a real knife to ostensibly cut off their co-worker’s head. In the video, the group dons overalls and balaclavas, while an Asian colleague in an orange jumpsuit on his knees before them.
Both Haines and Henning wore orange jumpsuits when they were beheaded by ISIS.
One of the bankers yells “Allahu Akbar” — or “God is great” — before raising his coat hanger and bringing it down on his colleague’s neck as a co-worker holds him steady by the shoulder. The group laughs and whoops throughout.
Meanwhile, ISIS continues to post propaganda videos online that feature the systematic murder of Western journalists and aid workers.
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