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Thursday, January 22, 2015
WHO IS THE CHARLIE NOW?
Dear Charlie Hebdo,
Watch out the shooting or perhaps it
could be bombing for a change is not
yet over if you continue mocking religions like Islam.
With almost your entire staff wiped out
who is the Charlie now?
Your publication kept pushing the boundaries
of freedom of speech to the extreme so
it was not surprising that you stirred up extremists of a different kind.
With your blinkered view you never
stopped to think of the wider ramifications of taking the mickey out of what
millions hold dear. You were so stupid it never occurred to you that what you
were doing to sell a magazine could result in innocent people being taken out
when the inevitable back lash occurred.
Or worse still you didn’t care.
Who is the Charlie now?
In 2006 you thought it was funny to
include the infamous Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that resulted in
250 people being killed in world wide protests. Your cover then had a crying
Mohammed saying: "It’s hard being loved
Who are the assholes now?
A BLOODY HARD LESSON
You learnt nothing from the 2011 fire bombing
of your offices. Threats to the life of Charb your editor in chief did not stop
your anti Islam slander campaign. You were no doubt emboldened by the policeman consigned to guard
him. Tragically he suffered the same fate as Charb and the others when the AK
47 wielding gunmen walked in.
You frightened the whole of France and sent waves of terror through many other countries as well.
You were too stupid to realise that
this kind of school boy humour was not a bit funny and hit the Muslim
fraternity where it hurt most, although perhaps the French have a more basic type of wit than the rest of us.
Will you Frogs think this old war joke
is funny: "The Germans took France
in three days. But that was only because it was raining."
Who is the Charlie now?
You were also too stupid to realise
that by far the majority of people are unsophisticated and as such are not
equipped to appreciate most jokes, especially ones aimed at their religion. The
only way they know how to react is with violence.
Many Muslims consider any portrayal of
the Prophet Mohammed as blasphemous. But you were determined to provoke them as
far as possible by drawing him in the nude.
Try this freedom
of speech exercise. Go into a pub anywhere and verbally attack the nearest
group for something as mundane as
making too much noise. Then see if you are lucky enough to come out with just a bloody nose.
Try telling racial jokes in a loud
voice next to a table of people of a different colour to you. But first make
sure you have a very good medical aid.
Who is the Charlie now?
Well this is exactly how Charlie Hebdo
has been playing fast and loose with freedom
of speech on the world stage. The result was as inevitable as the pub examples
I have just given.
Free speech can be terribly costly if
you don’t have the brains to exercise it with discretion. And that puts you in
the same category as the people you believe don’t appreciate the funny side of
your extremely malicious cartoons.
Even your own Foreign Minister in France at the time Laurent Fabius asked: "Is it really necessary or intelligent to pour oil on the fire?"
Who is the Charlie now?
As you know your reporter Laurent
Leger, one of the survivors of the massacre at your offices, told CNN in 2012: "We want to laugh at the extremists. Theycan be Muslim, Jewish, Catholic.
Everyone can be religious, but extremist thoughts and acts we cannot accept."
As it turned out the two gunmen who
left 12 members of your staff in a bloody heap had the same philosophy. They
were not prepared to accept your "extremist
thoughts and acts."
When you published again after the shooting
he came out with these laughable remarks: "I
want a magazine to fight against idiocy, against human stupidity."
Well if you don’t mind me saying so he and
the rest of you survivors should start the fight in your own office, because
that’s where it’s needed most.
How about a cartoon to illustrate this?
the fact that 17 people died in France
almost immediately before and after the raid on your offices there were other
deaths in protests in different parts of the world. Yet you were not at all
Once again all you thought about was
your magazine and to hell with the fact that your Charlie hate speech was now
pretty well out of control spreading death all over the place much like the
Encouraged by being hailed as heroes by
the narrow minded free speech media across the globe your front page was again
designed to provoke Muslims. This time it had Mohammed crying and saying: "All is Forgiven."
Renald Luzier with the cover he
is so proud of
Renald “Luz” Luzier its creator stuck
his neck out when he told a press conference: "It’s not the one the terrorists wanted us to draw. I’m not worried at
all (Who is he kidding). Itrust people’s intelligence, the
intelligence of humour."
If ever this was misplaced trust this
must be it. I can’t see any life insurance company
in the world giving him a policy.
Who is the Proper Charlie
As if that was not enough to stir the
hatred pot even further your sick jokes inside the magazine showed jihadists
saying: "We shouldn’t touch Charlie
people – they would look like martyrs and, once in heaven, the bastards would
steal our virgins."
The cover was reproduced in the media
in Western nations and Latin America. However
a lot of them were either wise or too scared to do this.
surprisingly it did not appear in Arab and other countries where Islam is prominent.
Alright the shooting enabled you to up
your normal 60 000 print run to 5-million. When a joke goes too far you
might be in the money but it doesn’t help if you are dead.
Your misguided media supporters are
still clinging to the old saying: "The
pen (in this case the pencil) is mightier than the sword." Well you had the
best practical lesson that this is complete
How Argentinian cartoonist Bernado Erlich saw it
It’s ironic isn’t it that your magazine
started life named Hara-Kiri. That’s an honourable Japanese way of committing suicide. There’s nothing honourable about
the way you are doing it – taking innocent people with you.
To then rename it after Charlie Brown,
the main character in the lovable Charles Shulz comic strip to get round a
banning order, was a travesty.
Below are a couple of Charlie Brown
cartoons that sum up your stupidity perfectly.
Rosemary Page’s comment
Democratic & Chronicle was even more to the point when she stated: "The staff of Charlie Hebdo is being hailed
as journalisticheroes, but to me
they are foolhardy hatemongers."
You are undoubtedly the complete asshole and the only Proper Charlie now.
Jon, a former newspaper journalist who
believes in free speech that is censored with a reasonable dose of common sense before it gets published.