Quote: Originally Posted by Walter
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
July 29, 2008 at 10:41 AM EDT
Should cartoonists get danger pay? Maybe it's time. Canada's own Barry Blitt has gone to ground after his infamous, satirical New Yorker cover depicting the Obamas as gun-toting Islamic militants. Obama fans hated it. Other cartoonists hated it. But Muslim groups hated it even more. The Council on American-Islamic Relations declared it "inflammatory." A commentator for the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram called it "racist" and Islamophobic.
Fortunately Mr. Blitt works in the United States, where the worst they can do is denounce you. Here in Canada, they can take you to a human rights commission. That's what happened in April when Halifax's Chronicle-Herald ran a political cartoon by Bruce MacKinnon. It shows a burka-clad figure identified as Cheryfa MacAulay Jamal, a woman who demanded a large amount of compensation after her husband was arrested in an anti-terrorism raid and later released. She holds a sign that says, "I want millions," and her speech bubble says, " I can put it towards my husband's next training camp." Outraged, a local Muslim group complained to the human rights commission, and, for good measure, called the police.
Well common sense will tell you that if you make fun of someone or their belief through ignorance, you're going to anger someone..... esspecially when you have your ignorance spread through the public by means such as a newspaper.... which I always thought was supposed to give unbiased news and information, not hate speech.
"Cartooning itself has become a bit of a dangerous area," says Dan Leger, the paper's news director.
Cartooning only became dangerous, because people are now trying to cross lines they never would have in the past, just for the sake of getting noticed, regardless of the outcome of their actions. They do it to themselves.
How come we don't see as many cartoons making fun of Jews or Homosexuals with sterio-typical and biggoted imagry? Because people know they'd get their asses sued, that's why.
But since it's Muslims and Islam being made fun of.... it's ok.
He invited the group in for a meeting and explained that a cartoonist's job is to make fun of everybody.
That doesn't mean respect and taste has to be thrown out the window at the same time..... I'm a cartoonist, animator, etc.... heck.... everybody knows I'm a jerk... but I don't go and try and depict a group of people with ignorant statements with no foundation in a commonly trusted news source. When it comes to other religions and their basic beliefs, and when it comes to minority cultures, there is a way one can make fun of them, without having to completely degrade them into brainless animals.... that just shows a lack of talent and a bully mentality, which I can only assume is due to being continually picked on and bullied in their school years, and now they feel they have some justification to give some payback now that they're in a better position for their voice to be heard.
The meeting ended on a friendly note, and with luck that will be the end of it. "Cartoons are meant to piss you off," says Mr. Leger. "Otherwise they're no good."
What kind of an idiot comment is that? Cartoons are Cartoons.... they're for entertainment purposes, and maybe to make you think.... not to "Piss people off." ~ That's what music videos are for.
But it's Europe where cartooning and Islam really don't mix. In the Netherlands, eight police officers showed up recently to arrest an obscure cartoonist for sketching offensive drawings of Muslims that appeared mainly on his own website. He spent two nights in jail, and Dutch authorities are deciding whether to charge him with inciting racist hatred.
Which it is.
The young cartoonist, who goes by the pen name Gregorius Nekschot, admits that his cartoons are "tasteless." Even so, he says, quoting a Monty Python sketch, "I never expected the Spanish Inquisition."
Gee, you make tasteless hate media against a paticular group of people, and you don't expect to have legal action taken against you?
Here's a quote from my grade 11 law class that any moron can understand:
"Ignorance is not an excuse from the law."
Dutch champions of free speech are up in arms, and even some Muslim groups are dismayed that the government seems to have gone overboard to placate its growing Muslim minority.
It doesn't matter if it's a minority or a majority population.... hate crimes are still hate crimes.... be that against 1 person, 20 people, or a million.
Meantime, Mr. Nekschot is rightly concerned about his safety. "Ever since [filmmaker] Theo van Gogh got slaughtered there's this sense of fear," he says.
"Most of the professional humorists in Europe apply self-censorship now," says one commentator. You can hardly blame them. They have not only violent extremists to fear, but also - in the Netherlands, at least - their own government.
You have regulators for tv shows and movies who will determine what you can and can not put in your shows (ie: FCC) what can be said, what can't be.... and are labeled with certain age notifications for what is appropreate and also determine at what time of day they can be shown..... why should newspapers and magazines be excluded from this practice?
Three years after the Danish cartoon controversy, it's more evident than ever that satire and Islam are an explosive mix. In the West, blasphemy has a long and robust history. But in the Muslim world it's regarded as intolerable. As one Pakistani diplomat put it recently, "There are certain things that should not be said."
Well not too long ago, if you question the Bible or the Church, you could have been burned at the stake for herracy..... just imagine what would have happened a few generations ago if you made cartoons or something else that made fun of the Bible or the Church.
Oh, but apparently Islam shouldn't react in similar fashion?
In fact, if the Muslim nations were to have their way, any criticism of Islam would be forbidden.
Once again, see Christian history on this matter.
The Organization of the Islamic Conference, a group of 57 Muslim nations, has declared that Islamophobia is a menace and that any such defamation of religion should be criminalized and prosecuted vigorously.
And didn't the Pope also agree to this not too long ago?
The OIC, which has growing clout at the United Nations, wants the UN to enact international "anti-defamation" rules that would forbid blasphemy. Islamic members of the UN's Human Rights Council have succeeded in changing the mandate of the UN's special rapporteur on freedom of expression. In addition to investigating cases of censorship and violations of free speech, this person will now "report on instances where the abuse of the right of freedom of expression constitutes an act of racial or religious discrimination."
Cartoonists, beware. Feel free to offend anyone you want - so long as they're not Muslims.
Fk'n ignorant.... they were fighting for all religions being discriminated.... oh but since it was Muslims trying to make this happen, it's all about them? Let's forget the point that they were talking about religions in general, not just exclusivly their own.
And using cartoons for the propaganda machine on freedom of speech? Lame....
Once again, from someone who's been making cartoons since the age of 4, the moment the world starts to hold up cartoons to protect our freedoms and way of life over all other avenues of protecting our rights..... shove a knitting needle up my right nostril please.... and twist.
Cartoons are to make people laugh and to be entertained.... Not to
"Piss people off"
as this foolish and biased article likes to potray. If that was the case, then I imagine we'd have a plauge of pissed off children in the world...... and Sponge Bob Square Pants would be an Axe Murderer.