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Charlie Hebdo Mocks The Death of Syrian Child Aylan Kurdi

Aziz Allilou
Aziz Allilou is a student at the Higher Institute of Media and Communications (ISIC) and Morocco World News correspondent in Rabat.
Charlie Hebdo Mocks The Death of Syrian Child Aylan Kurdi

Rabat – While newspapers across the world have paid tribute to Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler who became the symbol of the refugee crisis, Charlie Hebdo has featured cartoons of the toddler, mocking his death.

Eight months after the terroristic attack that hit its headquarters in Paris in January, the French satirical magazine is back to the spotlight with a new controversial set of cartoons.

Hiding behind the freedom of speech, Charilie Hebdo made fun of the death of Aylan Kurdi, who was found dead recently on a Turkish beach, in two offensive drawings.

Entitled “So Close to His Goal”, the first drawing features Aylan lying face down on the sand near a publicity board of a 2-for-1 McDonald Happy Meal saying what translates into: “two children’s menus for the price of one.”

first drawing

The cartoon features Aylan lying face down on the sand near a publicity board of a 2-for-1 McDonald Happy Meal saying what translates into: “Two children’s menus for the price of one.”

The second cartoon is entitled “The Proof that Europe is Christian.” It shows the little child drowning in the waters. On the left side, a man, supposedly Jesus, stands on the water while saying “Christians walk on waters… Muslims kids sink.”

second cartoon

Entitled “The Proof that Europe is Christian,” the cartoon shows the little child drowning in the waters. On the left side, a man, supposedly Jesus, stands on the water while saying “Christians walk on waters… Muslims kids sink

Charlie Hebdo received harsh criticism on social media over these offensive drawings, with many twitter user labeling this move as “disrespectful.”

Last week, the photograph of a the Syrian toddler whose tiny body washed up on a Turkish beach in Bodrum went viral on social media worldwide, causing outrage around the world.

The harrowing image made the headlines worldwide and has been cited as a tragic symbol of Europe’s refugee crisis.

Aylan was traveling with his 5 year-old brother Galip and his parents to the Greek island of Kos. Galip and the mother, Rehan, have also perished during their attempt to escape war in their country. The father, Abdullah, was found alive and taken to hospital near Bodrum.

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Comments (137)

  • Harry Angstrom

    Hmm, this story seems shady.

  • hoda mandy

    Lets see him do a satire about the holocost that “critisizes the nations attitudes twoards it” at the time and see what “idiots” willl grasp of it….deeply sorrowing events should be adressed with courtesy..but oh yeah its ok if they die or feel offended they are just muslims.

    • sanluffy

      You can’t do a satire about the holocaust. It’s called antisemitism. That’s not freedom of speech. By now you surely now freedom of speech is only acceptable when it’s about Muslims right? [end sarcasm]

  • AdamF

    Seriously? Please tell me you’re kidding. You honestly don’t see that Charlie Hebdo is making the exact opposite case you indicate? With those cartoons they’re in-fact challenging what they see as the callousness and materialism of their own Europe, which allows children to die on our shores while we supposedly espouse “Christian” values. The mere fact that you would assume they were actually making fun of a child’s death (seriously?), says far more about your own desire to find offense, than it does about the character of anyone at Charlie Hebdo.

    • Liaka Ahmad

      How do you think the father of this child feels? I don’t think he sees that Hebdo is being a comedian. I think he sees his child on the shore dead.

      • AdamF

        I agree. I don’t think it’s remotely funny either. But that’s not surprising because it wasn’t intended to be. This is CH challenging the EU’s response to a humanitarian crisis, using this little boy’s death as a poignant example of everything that’s gone wrong.

        That said, if you don’t like the cartoon you’ll get no argument from me. Fair enough. It’s painful. But not liking it is a distinct issue from making the nonsensical and dangerous accusation that CH was merely intent on mocking the death of a little boy. I hope you can see the difference.

      • Kitanna

        And when he looks at the numerous publication of the pictures on TV, in the papers, and everywhere on the internet, what do you think he is seeing ?

      • FactsWillOut

        It’s the father’s fault the child is dead.

    • DatBus

      It’s called “projection”. Muslim readers here see racism because they ARE racist towards Western peoples and Jews. It is written into the Islamist ideology.

      • sanluffy

        Too bad you only target Muslim readers, while also non Muslims are criticizing Charlie Hebdo about this in social media. Maybe they are also racists against Western people and Jews? You make a mockery of yourself…

        Besides, as Muslims we are not racists against Western people, Jews or Christians. Please stop saying stupid things that aren’t true.

  • Tim Marshall

    This is known as ‘satire’ and the target is the consumerist Europeans who care more about McDo’s than human life. I don’t like the cartoons, but they do not mock the death of a boy.

    • DatBus

      It’s called “projection”. Most of the Muslim readers here see racism because they ARE racist towards Western peoples and Jews. It’s written into the Islamist ideology.

      • Aslam Hartnick

        Dude!! You cannot be for real? are you reading the stupid ignorant and ill informed statements that you have been making? Not too long ago, you as a black man was the target of the hate of the world, because you were black, but yet here you are running your mouth, regurgitating what you read on CNN, BBC. If you want to pass comment let it be informed. Damn!!

        • DatBus

          100 percent true and there’s no shortage of evidence. Ironic you mention CNN and BBC they are the apologists who give Islamism a complete pass. But the world is watching what Islamism and Jihad are doing in spite of your attempts to deceive.

  • Ali Atif Saeed

    Death can never be the subject of mockery

    • Tony Gonzales

      Anything can be the subject of mockery in a free society.
      Of course, Charlie Hebdo is not mocking the death of a child here. Rather, they are shining a spotlight on the broken immigration system and consumer culture through the lens of satire.

      • Ali Atif Saeed

        “Free Society” does NOT enjoy Unqualified freedom over a “Civilized Society”.

      • sanluffy

        hahahahaha…you’re funny. Go and mock the holocaust in your free society. Let’s see how long it will take before you’re arrested for antisemitism.

        My point is: You can’t make fun of everything. Freedom of speech stops when you start hurting the feeling of people. Where the hell did mutual respect go? But it’s known that Islam is now the pissing pole for the whole world, so please stop hiding behind freedom of speech and free society.

        • Tony Gonzales

          There are no statues against antisemitism where I live, so it’ll take some time before that arrest comes. Telling that you would equate satire with bigotry.
          Freedom of speech does have limits, the common example is yelling fire in a crowded theater. However, when comparing using this freedom to invoke physical danger versus hurting someone’s feelings we can see these actions are worlds apart. The latter is clearly protected; there’s no reason to hide behind anything.

          • sanluffy

            But the laws against antisemitism do exist in Europe and America (if I’m not mistaken). I don’t know where you’re from, but if you try that in Europe you have serious problems.

            Look at the case of the French comedian who is boycotted just because he makes comedy about Jews. If someone made a comedy about Muslims and he got boycotted, then the western media would have never shut up about it.

            And I understand the difference between putting people in danger and just hurting someone’s feelings. But why would you hurt peoples feelings in the first place? If you know that what you’re going to say is going to hurt others, why just not do it?

            In any case as mentioned before, the Muslims are being targeted since 9/11. We are the new Communists, until the western world (America) needs a new enemy for some reason.

          • Tony Gonzales

            You are indeed mistaken, those laws do not exist in very many western countries (including mine) and where they do exist the function they purport to serve is undermined.

            For my part, I do not go out of my way to cause offense, however, neither would I limit my opinions to prevent causing it. When we need to have important conversations it is near inevitable that people are likely to be offended. This is a point of maturity; one can either engage in conversation or simply choose to remain ignorant of the world at large.

            Muslims are uniquely positioned to take offense to anything seemingly questionable with little reflection and this cartoon in a fine example of that, something that speaks to the plight of refugees but raises an outcry because of knee-jerk reactions. Yes, bigotry is a powerful force and I’m certain it is currently elevated against Muslims, no doubt. It does need to be pointed out here that talking about the particularly pernicious doctrines of Islam is not speaking out against an ethic group in any event.
            If Muslim communities wish to reflect the intolerance directed towards them at large, tough questions need to be asked about at the inherent sectarian violence of ISIS et al. Pointing to America as the arbiter of hate is very much the pot calling the kettle black.

          • sanluffy

            But those laws do exist in other western countries (Netherlands, France, Germany those I’m sure off). If you’re talking about a free society, then freedom for speech should be applied for everyone. Yet we see time and time again, that it’s not the case.

            A already gave you an example above. Let me add 2 other examples to the list:

            1. Geert Wilders, the anti-muslim guy from Holland was very happy about the Mohammed cartoons. In fact, he decided to put them right on his website. It’s his right, I know. Freedom of speech etc…Just a few weeks after that, a satirist made a cartoon about Wilders. And that’s when Wilders decided to sue the satirist because of the cartoon. He decided that the cartoon should be removed at once.

            2. The same guy above Geert Wilders made a lot of points against Muslims. A Dutch person, decided to take all these points and change Muslims to Jews. He made a little booklet and gave it away to people. He was arrested for antisemitism.

            I can go on and on about multiple cases where freedom of speech is only respected when it’s about Muslims, but you will still keep talking about you having no problem with it. Since you’re not at the other end of it, why should it bother you anyway?

            And I still don’t understand why people bring ISIS and AlQaeda to every discussion about Islam…If you consider them as an example of Muslims, then you’re way off.

          • Tony Gonzales

            No, we see in a couple of isolated instances it is abridged in the west, in many other places these freedoms do not exist at all.
            Irrespective of that, where these freedoms exists truth will trump hurting someone’s feels; well it should lest a million stand up comics starve or end up imprisoned.

          • sanluffy

            We’re talking about the freedom in the west. I’m not talking about countries where there is no freedom of speech. My whole discussion is based on you telling us and I quote:

            Anything can be the subject of mockery in a free society.

            If it’s a free society then please start fighting for freedom of speech for everyone. You won’t hear me complain if they apply it to all people. But as mentioned above multiple times: They don’t. It’s only OK if you target Muslims. And that’s wrong on so many levels. Think about how Nazi’s dehumanized the Jews. The same thing is happening now in a world where a Muslim’s life is considered nothing. Go see the documentary “Dirty wars” and tell me that we’re living in a free society.

          • Tony Gonzales

            Freedom has it’s limits as I stated from the outset; where I live freedom of speech just happens to be one of those with minimal abrogation.

            What’s important to notice is this is all tangential to the main thrust, outlined in my latest response. You continue to conflate speaking out against radical Islam with slandering Muslims while attempting to censor speech by merely uttering that everything cannot be made fun of.
            In fact, it can. Recall that you yourself opened with a laugh.

          • sanluffy

            And you keep running around and not talking about the freedom of speech in your free society. I will say it once again: I’m not talking about your country where everything is cool. I’m totally OK if your country makes fun of Muslims too. I’m talking about countries like France where you can totally make fun of Muslims but can’t utter a word against Jews.

            If it’s a free society, let’s freedom of speech apply to everyone. That’s my point from the beginning.

            And I never defended extremists or terrorists. I’m just sick and tired that ISIS and Alqaeda are brought to every discussion about Islam. They have nothing to do with Islam, except if you believe their words. I don’t consider them following the same teachings of Islam as me, so talking about them is for me like talking about IRA or another terrorist group. I don’t feel any affiliation to them.
            And by the way: You can make fun of everything yes. But what I said is if you know it’s going to hurt people, why do it in the first place? I don’t forbid you to do it. I ask a honest question. For me it seems only people who were thought by their parents to respect others, can think before doing things to hurt others. If you don’t mind hurting people because you have a freedom of speech, then by all means be my guest.

          • Tony Gonzales

            Moderates, in fact, do exist in Islam. Behold: https://youtu.be/PI9QwEKqrso
            Denying this from one side of your mouth while attempting to belie me with the opinion that all Muslims are extremists out of the other is disingenuous at best (I’ve clearly stated above that I *do not* hold this view.)

            I’m sorry to be the one to break it to you, but Islam is simply not just what you choose to affiliate yourself with. Rather, it is the second largest religion in the world and as such casts a wide net; fundamentalist Islamist groups have everything to do with the fundamentals of Islam (go figure.)

            Thanks for clarifying your point about where you’re going with respect to freedom of speech. Up to this point it was murky and I can appreciate the double standard you are speaking out against.

            Taking a moment to recall your opener:
            “You can’t make fun of everything.”
            This is fundamentally not true *regardless* of said freedom. In any event, as Hebdo was not “making fun” of anything, this abridgment would have had nothing to do with proscribed speech in the manner you suggested.

            And though it has grown tiresome I will say it again: I do not have a mind to insult people simply because the opportunity presents itself.
            I’ve seen you talk about respectful discussion elsewhere in this thread and yet you willingly gloss over my words to repeat this canard. The pertinent word here is hypocrisy.

          • sanluffy

            I don’t have access to youtube here, so I don’t know what the video is about nor do I care to be honest.

            But you hold this view. You keep denying it, and at the same time you keep posting comments that shows you hold that view. Your second paragraph shows that perfectly:

            I’m sorry to be the one to break it to you, but Islam is simply not just
            what you choose to affiliate yourself with. Rather, it is the second
            largest religion in the world and as such casts a wide net;
            fundamentalist Islamist groups have everything to do with the
            fundamentals of Islam (go figure.)

            And you keep telling me you don’t hold such a view? Who is the hypocrite here? As a Muslim I proudly follow the fundamentals of Islam. As of now I never found anything about raping, killing, abusing or even to treat others in a different way. Instead I learned compassion, treating others like I want to be treated, respecting others religion etc…

            Now please show me what the fundamentals of Islam are according to you. Are those the same applied by AlQaeda, ISIS and other terrorist groups? Do you know more about Islam than we Muslims do?

            And I stand by my point: “You can’t make fun of everything.” You think it’s ok to make cartoons about kids with cancer or disabled kids? If you answer yes, then please consider this discussion closed. Even someone with no heart won’t consider making cartoons about such issues.

          • Tony Gonzales

            You fail to mention what view I am *specifically* denying Sanluffy.. That fundamentalism exists? No, I’ve certainly not claimed that. In fact, I’ve acknowledged that in large numbers Muslims do not tack towards extremism, though some clearly do.
            Are martyrdom, jihad, and apostasy not core tenants of Islam? You can discount these particular examples or attempt to explain them away as many thankfully do, however many sects do not. As an example, pretending Wahhabism doesn’t exist hardly makes the doctrine they stand on simply vanish; as a literal reading of the Quran and Hadith will show, they are on quite firm footing.
            Moving on, your assertion that one simply “knows more” by virtue of claiming a faith is highly dubious. After studying Abrahamic religion for some time I have found many ignorant of the core tenets in both Islam and Christianity.

            And once again.. being able to make fun of everything does not mean one should, nor would I. No idea how to make this any clearer to you as it has now been restated no less that three times. Honest conversation indeed.

          • sanluffy

            I think we both don’t understand each other. Something is going wrong in our communication.

            Let me repeat my points thus far:
            1. Fundamentalists/Extremists don’t represent Islam in anyway. They use Islam to get more support from ignorant/illiterate people. If those extremists/fundamentalists believed in what they were praying, than why don’t they go blow themselves first? Why do they use innocent people for terrorist attacks? That’s because they have their own agenda. Islam is against killing innocents and if you’ve studied our religion, you should’ve known to our Prophet was the first who applied strict rules in war. No killing of innocents, children, women and elderly people. No contamination of water pools or cutting trees. Do you see them respect these rules nowadays? If not, how can you tell me that the fundamentalists are following the fundamentals of Islam? Do you even know the fundamentals of Islam?

            2. Martyrdom/Jihad/Apostasy: You already deny me the right to explain it by stating: You can discount these particular examples or attempt to explain them away as many thankfully do… You close every attempt to keep the discussion alive, stating that whatever I say won’t change a thing since you already know the truth.

            3. Please tell me what are the core tenets of Christianity and Islam.

            4. In that case I didn’t understood your text. At least we both agree that being able to make fun of everything does not mean one should.

          • Tony Gonzales

            I missed the last part of your comment, so I’ll address that here:
            You’re toeing the line of conflating Muslims and the religion of Islam so let’s let the air out of that immediately. I speak out against Islam because it is a box containing some very dangerous ideas. Do I think that all or even most practicing Muslims belong to the most dangerous sects? No, clearly not.
            What is there to notice however, is just how many moderates provide cover for extremists by attempting to censor conversations, deny the dangers of the literal reading of the texts, or point a finger at western civilizations while failing to hold to account those in their own belief system.
            If ISIS bothers you and you prefer I’m fine with moving on to Hamas, Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab, Al-Nusra, and so forth. It just so happens one group is trying to set up it’s own state while resurrecting the caliphate.

          • sanluffy

            Read my other comment. I as a Muslim denounce every terrorist group out there: AlQaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram etc…From my part you can wipe them all out. You’ll do me a favor.
            And there is no moderate Islam. There is one Islam. 1.5 billion people are following Islam. How many of them are trying to set up their own state or caliphate? Please stop pointing to crazy people with their own agenda and assuming they represent Islam.

          • cedo

            Charly Hebdo made 7 front pages about Islam related subjects from 2005 to 2015. In the meantime, they made 21 about Christianism (and that can get really dirty, like involving sodomy between Jesus and God). But the Christian community is used to it (even when they are really pissed by a cartoon), so they won’t make as much noise about it. So the truth is CH never was obsessed with muslims; but lately, their Islam related cartoons became their main source of problems and what everyone wanted to talk about with them.

          • sanluffy

            As mentioned earlier: I don’t care about Charlie Hebdo or their cartoons. I ignored them when they came out, and I wished every Muslim did the same. Then it would have been forgotten. Once they started paying attention to it, it kept growing and growing.

            But this one is wrong on so many levels. And not only Muslims find it disgusting. Go check social media and see how many western people are against it. If all these people didn’t understand the meaning of it, then the cartoon is a failure.

          • cedo

            Everybodu wish the muslims did the same, included the guys from CH as that’s what every community included the christians and the jews do. Again, ppl from abroad should open this newspaper one single time to read it. No reactions here to these drawings.

          • cedo

            “I can go on and on about multiple cases where freedom of speech is only respected when it’s about Muslims” Yet you gave two exemples from the same guy. Short story long, christians are less a problem (or used tobe) for guys like CH’s staff because they stopped reacting to hard many years ago. That’s not double standards, they were and are still the first target of CH as Christianism is the historical religion in france.

          • sanluffy

            You can use google if you want more examples. And to be totally clear: I don’t care about CH or their cartoons. I’m the ignore it type of guy. But this cartoon is simply not OK. I don’t care how you people try to smooth talk it.

          • cedo

            Nobody is trying to smooth it, and it’s actually painful to be forced to explain common sense. This is a french newspaper written for french ppl. And french ppl got it right at first sight because there was no reactions to it here. As you say, the problem came from abroad where ppl don’t really know this newspaper, his history and its readership. have you ever read this newspaper, articles included?

          • sanluffy

            Nopes I never did to be honest. I think my sister did, and I’m 100% certain she will agree with everything you’ve said. She grew up there, so she knows the culture better than I do.

            In that case I can’t make a useful comment about it, if I don’t really understand the contest. That’s why I’m leaving this discussion. You made me realize I was wrong. Good job cedo and thanks again.

          • cedo

            I don’t need Google.. I live in this country, thx. But looking at this mess with such a one-sided reagard won’t help anyone.

          • sanluffy

            Again I have to agree. The more I look at my comments, the more I see how one-sided I am in the discussion. I took the time to look at it from another perspective and I see I was wrong. So my apologies and you’re right.

          • cedo

            I really appreciate not just that you come to mostly agree with me (lol) but that someone is able to correct himself in a debate. thx a lot. Of course I may be very attached to my beliefs as well. The most important think is to be able to keep discussing and keeping an open-mind. especially when it’s between ppl from different cultures or countries. We know each others mostly from books, medias, stories. and the internet has revealed itself as being complicated to communicate, suddenly with everyone with so many informations and so little quality (like this “article”). So thx, again.

          • sanluffy

            It’s very hard to correct yourself in a debate. That’s why a lot of discussions end up either in calling each other names or someone just leaving because the other one is “stupid”. As for me, if I see that I’m wrong then I confess. Nothing wrong with showing that the other end is right. Otherwise you’ll end up making fun of yourself. :)

            You too thanks for the mature way you kept discussing the issue, even when I lost my temper along the way. I wish more people could discuss like you. Keep it up!

          • cedo

            Dieidonné, the french comedian, is not just boycotted because he makes jokes, but because he befriended extremist europeans and Shoah-negationists. Which make his jokes a bit less funny. It reminds me something : years ago, Quebec felt it was weird the French boycotted Dieudonné. He is a brilliant comedian and had indeed the right to work about any subject. So they started inviting him on TV, wondering with him what crazyness touched france about Dieudonné, something that would never happen. A couple years later, after several interventions, they ended boycotting him as well. Still, there is indeed a problem now in France with joking about Jews. But it’s the same problem with any minority actually, associations are getting over-protective and dangerously try to censure or condemn a lot of things that don’t deserve such a treatment.

          • sanluffy

            I don’t remember the name of the show, but Dieudonné was invited and defended his right to make jokes about Jews, since he makes jokes about everyone. Yet, the host of the show (a famous France person), told Dieudonné that he will boycot him and he is never again welcome to that show. I watched the show and Dieudonné said nothing wrong at all. He defended his right for freedom of speech. And then he got boycotted because of his views. That was long before his turn to extremism.

            But the point is: It’s still condemning if you make jokes about Jews. While it’s totally OK to make fun of Muslims. Like I said in an earlier message: I respect the freedom of speech in a society only if it’s applied to all. Either make fun of everyone and everything (like they do in the USA, and that’s why my favorite comedians are Americans) or make rules to protect other minorities too.

          • cedo

            You are trying to explain me what’s happening in France, that’s sweet. I remember that show, I know exactly the context, what came before, what came after. The host (Thierry Ardisson) was maybe the last one who kept inviting him. In this one show, Dieudo tried to explain himself on an alleged antisemitic speech he gave in an interview. But he was apparently so confident in what he said that when Ardisson asked him to read what he said, he simply tried to say it differently (he had the text on paper in his hands) and then tried to excuse himself like a kid who got caught the hand in the honey jar. That became ridiculous and painful to watch. The initial “sin” of Dieudonné was a comedy routine he gave on live national TV. the reactions came after it was broadcasted and it was sick because these reactions were too hard (he was disguised as a Jew with a bomb around his body). Now that was the first part of the problem, too many ppl condemned him very fast and he just did not undestand. the second part of the problem is when he then started befriended assholes from the other side. then he little by little lost his initial supports, the most famous being his old friend Eli Semoun with who he started his very successful carrier (for years they were known as a duo and made jokes between black and jewish clichés). I totally agree that a part of the medias “created” the new Dieudonné as a scarecrow, but at one point he went too far and did not need this excuse anymore. it’s just a shame.

            A lot of people consider we are losing something with all the precautions a comedian is now forced to consider in case of big reactions. But don’t consider the situation is as simple as you put this. Of course reactions about jokes about muslims happen too (I mean, what was the whole Charlie Hebdo situation in the first place??) and not only from muslims themselves. Don’t forget Sinet won his trial and so was said to be right about his cartoon about judaism by justice just like Charlie Hebdo was proved to be right about the Muhamed caricatures by justice as well.

          • sanluffy

            Hi Cedo,

            First of all let me thank you for the mature way you discuss issues here. Very much appreciated.
            And thanks for the detailed explanation. Now I understand it better. And I totally agree with your last paragraph. I hope France will follow countries like America where it’s totally OK to make fun of everyone without repercussions. Moreover, I still think that people should just ignore things they don’t like. If you don’t like something on TV, you change the channel. So why not do this for other things as well?

          • cedo

            And I totally agree with your second paragraph, that’s what a lot ppl still want in France.

          • sanluffy

            Just to be clear: I have nothing against Jews. I only use them as an example for freedom of speech. Before people start calling me racist or anything. I respect every Religion out there and I will defend their rights as much as I defend mine right for Religion. But the laws should apply for everyone. Once you start making different laws for different minorities then we got a big problem.

          • cedo

            Don’t worry I never implied you had something against the Jews nor i understood you did. But see, that’s the world we are living in now, we are supposed to be extra cautious about everything when speaking. that’s a shame.

            Like I said in the end the justice still works most of the times in France regarding freedom of speech. the problem lies with the accusations that come from anybody for any little occasions. but again Sinet won his trial for his cartoon (about jews) just like CH did for their ones about islam. even Dieudonné won a lot of his first trials (but its less the case now that he turned wrong).

          • sanluffy

            I agree it’s a shame we are careful with what we say nowadays. Everything can be used against you. Much appreciated for your helpful comments.

        • FactsWillOut

          You go around calling people names, and then whine about hurting people feelings. Your hypocrisy is mind-blowing.
          Muslims go around killing and raping infidels, and then whine about their right not to be offended.

          • sanluffy

            I can’t take you seriously anymore sorry. If you think all 1.5 billion Muslims go around killing and raping infidels, then you’re far away in Islamophobia land…

          • FactsWillOut

            I can already tell that you approve of such behavior.

        • cedo

          the problem is you think a cartoon is necessary supposed to “make fun of” or “mock” something. The first cartoon is just a satyre against the cruelty of europe regarding the refugees. And it illustrates a great big contrasts between the refugees reality and the european blindness. The second cartoon is a mocking one, indeed, but it mocks ppl who are calling for welcoming christian refugees over muslim ones. Have you a problem with that?

          • sanluffy

            I answered that in another comment: I see the cartoon differently. Now you’ve explained it the way you see it, I see what you mean. But try to see it from my (and others) point of view.

            Also I’m still not OK with using the picture of a dead child to make a point. They have a lot of material they can use, don’t they?

          • cedo

            It’s a newspaper so it deals with news. And the photo that got widely spread and shared by everybody became news. That’s what they are illustrating, not a specific individual they chose on their own. They are not the ones who used this picture to make a point. In the contrary they are mocking those who did, instead of just doing an “hommage” like the mass did look nice and tell themselves they are involved. They are not one trying to take advantage of this photo, they are reacting to this.

          • sanluffy

            Again thanks for the explanation. That makes sense now.

  • Mahmoud El-Yousseph

    @ AdamF, Please tell me you stand behind Charlie Hebdo for claiming Jesus stands on water and Muslim child sinks. That is no difference than saying saying, Pizza does not cry inside the oven, a Jew does! When an 80-year-old Maurice Sinet, political cartoonist with Charlie Hebdo for 20 years, was fired in 2009 for his anti-Semitic cartoons mocking the relationship of former French President Sarkozy’s son with a wealthy Jewish woman.Charlie Hebdo demanded an applogy or else from Sinet, Sinet, responded, ” I would rather cut my balls instead.” Sinet later filed a law suite and luckily, he won a 40,000 Euroes out of court settlement against his former employer for wrongful termination.

  • Mahmoud El-Yousseph

    @ AdamF, Please tell me you stand behind Charlie Hebdo for claiming Jesus stands on water and Muslim child sinks. That is no difference than saying saying, Pizza does not cry inside the oven, a Jew does! When an 80-year-old Maurice Sinet, political cartoonist with Charlie Hebdo for 20 years, was fired in 2009 for his anti-Semitic cartoons mocking the relationship of former French President Sarkozy’s son with a wealthy Jewish woman.Charlie Hebdo demanded an applogy or else from Sinet, Sinet, responded, ” I would rather cut my balls instead.” Sinet later filed a law suite and luckily, he won a 40,000 Euroes out of court settlement against his former employer for wrongful termination.

    • Alan Bao

      Maybe there’s a cultural disconnect here – but hopefully you understand that the target of these cartoons is western callousness TOWARDS refugees, not the refugees themselves. They’re satirizing the apathy of the western world by stretching the situation as far as it goes, to underscore the callousness of the situation.

    • DatBus

      Ironic, since there’s no group of people on Earth that’s been more supportive of the world’s Muslims than Western societies. The racism within the Muslim world that’s pointed at whites and Jews is where the problem lies. Hopeful Europe will realize this soon and begin to deport Muslims back to where they came from. There is no room in free societies for this hateful ideology.

    • Carolyn Street

      Again, the cartoon, while jarring and distasteful, is saying “shame on Christian Europe for letting Muslim refugees die”.

    • cedo

      Right know some ppl in france ask for welcoming christian refugees before muslim ones. The cartoon is specifically dedicated to mock those who think this way. You noticed it sounded dumb, right? Guess, what it’s because it’s dumb on purpose. they are not claiming “Jesus stands on water and Muslim child sinks”, moron, they are mocking ppl who think christian lives are worth more than muslim lives…

    • cedo

      As for the famous Sinet trial, in a 4 decades history, it’s just a something that happened. Even Sinet admits it was by far Val’s fault (the former boss of CH, considered an ass by a looot of ppl, including ppl from CH). And if you considere CH to be assholes, you’d considere Sinet to be one as well as they still do the exact same thing.. have you ever READ this newspaper?

  • dave.17822

    Its called irony, their actually paying better tribute to his death then the other newspapers. Your meant to be shocked you idiots

  • Liaka Ahmad

    I fail to realize how they are paying a tribute. If people are getting offended by this then this isn’t a tribute. If they want to pay a tribute why does it have to be done like this? Most people feel disgusted, upset, insulted or heart broken after seeing this, not good about this tribute. If the people who this tribute is going to are feeling insulted, then what kind of tribute is this? A tribute is not supposed to make anyone feel this way.

    • Carolyn Street

      Not tribute, it’s to shame those who let refugees die.

    • cedo

      You failed to realized it wasn’t a tribute apparently. More an accusation. Most of the ppl who get offended are not french. This is because french ppl know this newspaper, its historical beliefs and way to express and the specific context the cartoons are talking about. Also, the cartoons are just a part of the newspaper. There are very understoodable articles inside too…

  • Pookie Shy

    There is an English saying,” everything has its time and place” but the truth is that Charlie’s timing is off, place is inappropriate and not to mention the content of satire confusing.

    Every situation is different and satire and mockery has a place and time. Yet this mockery would not sit Well with you if it was your toddler that drowned searching for better future where you don’t have to be fearful of being shot to death. Honestly a different cartoon could have satisfied Charlie’s need to create Satire of European attitude instead of desecrating the memory of the tragic and sad death of a toddler.

    Perhaps Charlie’s response would be thoroughly pondered upon if the deceased toddler was a Jew or Christian. Disappointing indeed.

  • Bindar Dunit

    DISGUSTING SHAMEFUL and INTENTIONAL….’satire’ ? psychopathic!!

    • Carolyn Street

      The images are shocking and distasteful, but the cartoon aims to shame Christian Europe for letting Muslim children die.

      • DatBus

        Ironic, Europe has already sacrified so much for the Muslim world and they are constantly attacked and berated for not doing enough and being “racist”. I think the racism is coming mostly from the Muslim communities.

        • Arsh

          Coming from South Africa and having to shit it out during Apartheid I can safely say that this particular cartoon is not mocking Europe. It is highly offensive to that little boy and to his father. It is wholly inappropriate given the circumstances that these people are finding themselves in.

          • sanluffy

            They will find reasons to smooth talk it anyway…

          • Arsh

            They are doing a wonderful job of smooth talking it. One internet commentator even proclaimed that CH is a left wing pro-immigrant newspaper. All I could say is WTF. Great world we live in.

          • sanluffy

            Sometimes I just want to turn my back on humanity. But there are still people out there with their heart in the right place. They still give me some hope.

          • Arsh

            There are a few good ones around. Don’t despair.

          • Alan Bao

            They ARE a left-wing pro-immigrant newspaper. How ignorant are you? They’ve been consistently socialist, anti-racist throughout their entire publication run. You just assumed them to be “the other” because you got a complex.

          • Arsh

            I wish I had a complex, then I would be a landlord.

  • FactsWillOut

    The child is dead as a result of his human trafficker father’s greed.
    The comic is appropriate.

    • sanluffy

      Don’t you have a heart? You disgust me. An animal has more pity than you do. For people like you I hope they will someday experience the same horrific things this father and his kids had experienced. And then I will mock you. See how you like it then. Asshole.

      • FactsWillOut

        You disgust me. As to me suffering like the kids father, you show your true colours, and the kid’s father brought this upon himself with his greed as a human trafficker, something I would never do. Seems you have no problem with human traffickers.

        • sanluffy

          I have no problem with refugees running away from a country torn by war for years while the west is ignoring the thousands that has been killed. If it makes me a human trafficker to save my family from war, then I proudly accept the title.

          So shame on you and all the people who liked your post. Go live in a country torn by war if you’re a man. But no, it’s easier nowadays to be a man hiding behind a computer screen sitting on your comfortable chair. So go to hell.

          • FactsWillOut

            Refugees who are 75% fighting male age, who left their women and children behind, who are well fed, taking selfies with their smart phones, rioting and abusing the locals in every European country they go to.
            Yes, you would indeed be proud to be a human trafficker.

          • sanluffy

            Yes, that’s exactly what I saw on tv. No females with children, no underfed refugees…Just a bunch of males who are trying to get into Europe to abuse the locals.

            Do you even read what you’re writing?

          • 9Athena

            There is no use to respond to the hater. Forget it. He is poisoned in his soul. There is no remedy or reason that can cure him. An early survey at the prestigious Belleview Mental Hospital in New York estimated that 60% of the people in NY were verging on mental illness. I wonder if that’s also true of Europe. Maybe we just get the worst on these blogs. Let it go.

          • sanluffy

            I try to ignore people like him, but I don’t always succeed. I will try harder from now on. Thanks.

  • DatBus

    This is not the least bit offensive – they are satirizing the European reluctance to import more Muslims. But even if people find it offensive its oK. Charlie Hebdo stands for the principles of Western society and they must be upheld.

    • Jay Tsay

      Maybe they should import you back to Africa and than you may find something a “bit offensive.”

      • DatBus

        Maybe they should deport your Mama, bitch.

        • sanluffy

          Thanks for showing your true face. You can say anything about Muslims, but when you’re the target you’re immediately offended and act like a little child.

          And I agree with Jay Tsay. I hope they deport you back to Africa for your views. Racist.

          • Morten Johannesen

            “I hope they deport you back to Africa for your views. Racist” – that is about the most ironic thing i’ve read in a long time.

          • sanluffy

            Can I ask why?

          • cedo

            “black=Africa” has been out-dated for something like 300 years or so..

          • DatBus

            Sorry that’s not going to happen. We are going to continue to expose Islamists like you and your evil, supremacist ideology.

          • sanluffy

            Sorry, that’s not going to happen either. Muslims will stay in the west. Like it or hate it. And you don’t expose us, you’re only making a fool of yourself.

            Almost all genocides in the history of humans started by dehumanizing people. A shame people like you don’t learn from history.

          • cedo

            You are basically calling someone a “racist” because he expresses litteral empathy for another people (Syrians) and in the meantime you wish him to be deported back to Africa, something stupid you assume to be possible just because of the color of his skin. Way to go, genius!

          • sanluffy

            Empathy? Where does he express empathy exactly? Do you read the same messages I do?

            I do apologize about the deporting to Africa though and assuming he’s African. That was wrong. Especially because Africans are known to be mannered people. Not like him.

          • DatBus

            Like I said Cedo, Muslim racism goes so deep they don’t have any idea how racist they ARE, and do nothing to even TRY to conceal it. The hypocrisy is often comical.

          • samy

            Sorry cedo but the picture in your profile is similar to that of Joseph Staline! Are you sure you’re not one of his descendant?

  • Carolyn Street

    It’s a pro-refugee cartoon using shocking imagery to shame Christian Europe. The authors of this article are people who attack efforts to support their point of view, and who are frighteningly narrow minded and intolerant. I agree the images are jarring and distasteful, but it is stupid to complain so shrilly about those arguing in your favor. The authors are just being hard-to-get-along-with and impossibly thin-skinned. (We also have stupid people here in the West.)

    • DatBus

      Sadly I think most of the Muslim world doesn’t even know what a political cartoon is. The ignorance of this article is astounding.

    • sanluffy

      Thousands of Syrians have been killed and are still being killed. There are leaked images all over the Internet about the Syrian war. Yet, Charlie chooses the one image that made world headlines to make a point? Isn’t that at least a little too early? Where were they the last couple of years, while thousands died?

      Charlie is just trying to make headlines. And they succeeded again. Maybe the cartoon wasn’t understood by everyone, but that makes it a failure as a cartoon in that case.

      • cedo

        Too early? Everyone is sharing the photo of a dead kid they don’t know, out of respect, to make a point and feel good about all of this, in just a few days. And when CH use not the kid but the symbole made out of him, suddenly it’s direspectful and too early..

        • FactsWillOut

          It’s OK to cynically exploit the kid’s death to justify importing millions of refugees, but any other use of the imagery is verboten.

        • S'gcino Victus Chiliza

          You’re sick in the head as well. Were those people sharing the photo making fun of it or sympathizing? It wasn’t out of respect at all, your opinion is distatsteful just like CB cartoon.

          • cedo

            Sharing this photo was something i wasn’t able to do cause I felt it wasn’t my right. i can understand some share to show te world th tragedy, but most of the people are being condescendant. Sure, they did not share the photos of kids’ skulls exploded, just the one with that kid looking like a little angel, like they would share any facebook emotional cardboard. CH’s job is to chock. Not to chock for for nothing, but because the whole situation is chocking. That’s what satire is : emphasizing the reality or view of the ones you are targetting. If you weren’t 6, there would be no need to explain it to you. These cartoons are targetting europeans politics and christains who now call for welcoming christian refugees before muslim ones. Of course this is revolting and of course the calls for revolting answers to sham them.

  • assaad

    for whatever reason ,, it failed big time
    communication failure , again!!!

  • illwieckz

    Those drawings are not jokes and are not intended to be funny at all, they condemns Europe lies (the forced smile advertisement) & USA responsibility (the Ronald McDonald’s face).
    You can find a similare drawing here: http://illwieckz.net/journal/Je_ne_serai_pas_complice_de_deportation

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