Charlie Hebdo cartoon on Alan Kurdi puts social media on fire
The shameful cartoon by Charlee Hebdo, depicting Alan KurdÃ®, the Syrian toddler who was found dead on a Turkish beach is being condemned by people across the world. People of all faiths, regions and races are condemning the French newspaper for the cartoon.
Social media seems to be on fire despite the fact that several days have passed when the Charlie Hebdo cartoon depicting Alan KurdÃ® as a future sex maniac appeared.
People are condemning it saying there is a limit to the freedom of expression. It is not freedom of expression but open xenophobia and worst form of racism.
Here are some comments from Facebook users denouncing the latest Charlie Hebdo cartoon.
The Shame of Cologne should not obscure the horrors of Syria. True. But it’s strange how perspectives matter. While some see â€ª#â€Žcharliehedbdoâ€¬ use of the death of a little boy in humor as disgusting, I do not see any humor here. Instead I see a powerful message here. That one boy’s death, which led to worldwide empathy for a cause, slowly shall and will be eroded by a few hundred’s idea of fun in the form of “Taharrush”.
THIS is why I support absolute freedom of press and freedom of speech. So that these monsters spit out their sickening ideology and reveal what they are all about: a bunch of entitled sociopaths who have no humanity, let alone the understanding of running from war and death.
Giving people the freedom to say what they think is the only way to rightfully distinguish the bigot from the thinking, the perverted from the loving and the corrupt from the pure, as we have seen in an unfortunate amount of recent examples.
“It is tasteless anyway, but since you have chosen Alan KurdÃ® to be the protagonist of your cartoon, let us look at the context of this child that was drowned in the Mediterranean and that you are mocking now beyond his death: Alan KurdÃ® was a Kurd from Kobane, the bastion of resistance against ISIS. Kobane restored hope in humanity, and above all, it has shown the world the strength and power of women against fascism.”
This is revolting. Debate? There is no debate. “Freedom of speech” is not the same thing as “Freedom to depict people of colour as monkeys and revictimize the family of a drowned Syrian child while remaining protected from criticism.”
Charlie Hebdo has forgotten that both Alan Kurdi and the terrorist attack against them in January last year have the same enemy and they are both victims of establishment of liberty and democracy. Is it allowed to go so far as to use a child’s tragic death to send a message, whatever the message is about? Charlie Hebdo and similar seats should be role models, and judge people individually and not stamp them all together under the “immigrate code”.
Dr Hatem Bazian
Taunting Alan Kurdi in death is not funny and is a sign, if any more were needed, of Charlie Hebdo’s ethical bankruptcy. Despicable!
The amazing hypocrisy of the western media continues as Charlie Hebdo makes yet another disgusting joke about Aylan’s tragic death. The freedom-of-speech mafia is yet again nowhere to be heard. Disgraceful !!
Its enraging that Alan Kurdi, a three year old Syrian child, whose dead body washed up on the shores of Europe was redrawn by Charlie Hebdo as a sexual assault predator.
Its a shame that we have built systems that result in the death of a 3 year old and then dehumanize him by using his death to engaging in furthering racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia. Stop using a child’s dead body to further systems of violence that also resulted in his death.
Moreover, if you truly want to end sexual violence, then address sexual violence across the board. Address the use of rape in your own military. Address the fact that French soldiers have raped African children in CAR for demanding food (Link:http://ow.ly/X4wAy). Acknowledge the deep legacy of the use of rape as a weapon of war during the French occupation of Algeria to maintain colonialism.