Thursday, January 08, 2015

So what was Charles Hebdo about?

From Krim: "I can't stand how western media are referring  to Hebdo's paper as "satirical" and his work as "cartoons", without mentioning what those cartoons actually depicted. The head of the Prophet on a dog, and the Prophet in various sexual poses. Those words were chosen purposefully so as to provide some veneer of legitimacy. Hebdo's paper was not a satirical newspaper, it was a rag, yellow journalism at its worst. And he did not draw "cartoons", but filthy, despicable, obscene illustrations meant to incite and denigrate a whole class of people. Imagine if these were illustrations about Anne Frank.

And let's talk about so called freedom of speech. It was the America/England/France that sentenced Philipp Rupprecht to six years of hard labor for his caricature of Jews, and Julius Streicher was hanged for "speaking, writing and preaching hatred of the Jews" [1], even though he had zero ties to concentration camps. And let's not get into the two American bombings of Al Jazeera's broadcast, or when Washington forced Al Jazeera to take down a real satirical cartoon that depicted illegal immigrants to the US as greencard soldier recruits (when the US was having a hard time recruiting soldiers).

No, unlike you I don't think Muslims need to lighten up. They need to go on the offensive and challenge the West on why Hebdo and his ilk are protected, and yet people like Dieudonné M'bala M'bala are convicted. The latter convicted for "public defamation, hate speech and racial discrimination". Where the French Interior Minister Manuel Valls "decided to thoroughly examine all legal options that would allow a ban on Dieudonné’s public gatherings, which no longer belong to the artistic domain, but rather amount to a public safety risk" [2]. Even though Dieudonné is a comedian whose work was never anywhere near as offensive or obscene as Hebdo's.

No, no je suis Charlie. Nor do I have no respect for anyone who is. Charlie Hebdo was a vile, disgusting individual who would be in a Parisian jail if not for the fact that his work targeted Muslims instead of Jews."