It’s hard to keep cartoonists from laughing at the stupidity of just about everything, including Islamic protestors. You just know these artists decided to go for it, safety be damned. Per the Bangkok Post (where I get all my news, ha!), the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of Mohammed naked. So not only do we get to see The Prophet, we really get to see The Prophet!
I know this weekly paper and these cartoonists will be condemned by mainly liberals and academics here in the USA, but I’m getting a little sick of hearing how we can’t parody Islam because it’s off limits and stirs up these protestors. These protestors obviously should realize there are more pressing issues in the world (especially their world) and even if we’re going to take them seriously they need to protest peacefully. They also need a lesson in free speech–and fuck multicultural arguments that they don’t understand free speech. I’m don’t think they’re that dumb, they’re intolerant of anything against their religion. It’s why Christians and any other nonMuslim religions have to live in fear in these regions. These kinds of fanatics need to be offended repeatedly until the point where it is mundane and every passionate Islamic believer goes, “Another cartoon picturing Mohammed? I’m too tired to protest and start fires. I have to get up to go to work in the morning.”
Their response should not be storming embassies or setting fires or threats of violence against The West, it should be more speech. I know for a fact there are talented Egyptian and other Middle Eastern cartoonists who draw beautifully put editiorials about the world stage. They should be the ones out in the forefront highlighted by the media and not all these idiots burning flags and vandalizing foreign embassies who had nothing to do with making Mohammed cartoons. And if Innocence of Muslims is an offensive film, make a rebuttal film. Hell, make a film parodying Americans. But as long as these religious extremists offer violence then it’s not the time to condemn, but champion the offenses. …which I can only do in favor of the cartoonists for now (French, Danish, American, etc)–because that Innocence of Muslims film sucked.
SIDENOTE: What would happen if someone with talent did make a good film about Mohammed? What then? What if it was historically factual based upon all of the available evidence? What if it was literary in nature. Would our academics and liberals champion it? I doubt it. And yet, the fact that we don’t have such a film says something terrible about free speech in relation to Islam.
SIDENOTE 2: One reason you might want to champion the low brow satirical paper Charlie Hebdo is that last year they were firebombed. For what? For saying that Mohammed was a guest editor on one of their weekly editions. The Business Insider article reveals a translation of one of the new cartoons that was featured on the cover of the paper. It shows a Jewish man pushing a Muslim man in a wheelchair with the title “Untouchables 2.” The characters are saying something similar to: “You must not mock us.” It’s pretty obvious that the idea is that parody should not be off limits to parodying Judaism and Islam and its adherents. While it’s true there is a need for caution concerning racist stereotypes, religion should not be off limits to satire. Making fun of religion is not the same as bigotry. Cartoonists have a hard time of it with stereotypes anyways–they stereotype everyone! What’s funny is not what is sensitive.