A glass of ISIS’ finest? Wine shares toxic name

ISIS, a white Chardonnay wine from Malta which retails for around $16, is ‘characterized by fresh, natural, tropical fruit flavors.’ (Photo: AFP/ Shutterstock)

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) (or) the Levant (ISIL), an al-Qaeda-inspired militant group, shares its name with law firms, maternity bras, sexy suspenders, as well as a product likely to contradict with the group’s interpretation of Islamic principles, wine.

ISIS, a white Chardonnay wine from Malta which retails for around $16, is “characterized by fresh, natural, tropical fruit flavors,” reads one retailer’s description, which adds that its name recalls the ancient goddess Isis.

The wine manufacturer declined to comment on the issue when contacted by Al Arabiya News on Monday.

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Earlier this week, top British lingerie brand Ann Summers was forced to say it does not support terrorists after coming under fire for launching a new underwear line of suspenders and plunge bras which went by the same name of ISIS.

“The name of the new ‘Isis’ line… was named after Egyptian goddess Isis, rather than the extremist group,” a spokesperson for Ann Summers said.

The deputy director of the Indian Society of International Law (ISIL), V.K. Singh, told Al Arabiya News in June that: “[Having the same acronym] could be an embarrassing situation for anyone to be seen in [accordance] to a group like that, but it has not [in] any way destabilize[d] our integrity.”

ISIS nursing

Meanwhile, a U.S.-based maternity lingerie company sells the “Isis Blue Maternity & Nursing Bra,” among other products.

“[The bra] is for the breastfeeding mom and the pregnant mom, so I’m sure that she’ll just giggle and move on,” Uyo Okebie-Eichelberger, founder of Atlanta-based You! Lingerie told Al Arabiya News.

Earlier this week, a video showing the beheading of a U.S. journalist James Foley by ISIS hit headlines around the world.

Concerns from the international community have increased as the group extends its reach, taking control of a swath of land stretching from Syria across the border and deep into western and northern Iraq.

The group took over Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, in June, and has since declared an Islamic state, or caliphate, in territory under its control in Iraq and Syria.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42
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