Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Michael Jackson birthday tweet has folks perplexed

Former provocative leader of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has a pretty innocuous Twitter presence.

There’s the occasional comment on current events, a number of @s to President Donald Trump, and several tweets about American sports.

But on Thursday, Ahmadinejad decided to wish former singer Michael Jackson a happy birthday by tweeting the lyrics to Man In The Mirror, and it caught the attention of some people on Twitter.

“‘I’m starting with the man in the mirror I’m asking him to change his way’ #HB #MJ” he wrote on Thursday morning.

Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time Ahmadinejad and Jackson have been linked. In 2010, the former Iranian president’s website was hacked by someone who appeared to be a fan of the singer, according to MTV.

A message was left on Ahmadinejad’s website lamenting that Jackson died and asking God not to “forget” about the Iranian president.

It’s also worth noting that Ahmadinejad was criticized for human rights issues while leading Iran and has denied the Holocaust happened.

Regardless, Thursday’s tweet had some people wondering what was going on.

Weird.

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Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).