Sunday, April 12, 2015

Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau calls Charlie Hebdo cartoons hate speech

I have always enjoyed his take on society and politics, even knowing how far left he is.  This is another example of the self-censorship created by fear, the fear of being attacked by Islam, or worse attacked by your own peers and party for saying the wrong thing.  His parroting of the official line is disappointing but not unexpected.  Another defector from free speech, done in the name of bridge-building and multicultural dialogue.

From Huffington Post April 10 by Gabriel Arana

Charlie Hebdo 'Wandered Into The Realm Of Hate Speech,' Says Doonesbury Cartoonist Garry Trudeau

Famed Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau slammed his counterparts at Charlie Hebdo -- the French satirical newspaper that was attacked by terrorists in January -- at the George Polk journalism awards on Friday, saying their work “wandered into the realm of hate speech.” The attack on the publication, which has mocked Islam and other faiths in its pages, ignited a fierce international debate over free speech and racism.

“Free speech … becomes its own kind of fanaticism,” Trudeau said as he accepted a lifetime achievement award from the organization, adding that cartoonists' role is to “punch up” rather than down.

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