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    Did Charlie Hebdo cartoon on Cologne sexual assaults go too far?

    The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has once again made international news Thursday, after it published a cartoon depicting drowned Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi.

    The cartoon was drawn by Charlie Hebdo editor and cartoonist Laurent Sourisseau. It depicts a grown-up Aylan Kurdi chasing women. Had Aylan grown up in Europe, the cartoon says, he might have become a "groper in Germany."

    This cartoon is an obvious response to the New Year's attacks in Cologne, Germany, where more than 100 women were reportedly sexually assaulted by men of "Arab or North African origin." Yet despite Europe's outraged response to the Cologne attacks, people worldwide are now questioning whether the reflects a shift in European attitudes toward Syrian refugees, or just plain racist.

    As The Christian Science Monitor reported, Germany had a sexual assault problem long before immigrants were blamed in Cologne.

    Kurdi's family fled from Syria's civil war, in search of a better life in Europe. The boat that was carrying the family from Turkey to the Greek island of Kos capsized, killing 3-year-old Aylan, his five-year-old brother, and his mother. Photographer Nilufer Demir's heartbreaking image of Aylan's drowned body inspired feelings of shame worldwide as leaders such as British Prime Minister David Cameron and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls pledged more aid for Syrian refugees.

    The wave of sympathetic feelings prompted by Ms. Demir's photograph has ebbed in recent months. The Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris sparked fears, not just in Europe, but overseas as well, that groups like ISIS were using Syrian refugees as a smokescreen to smuggle their own operatives into Europe. The New Year's eve attacks in Cologne prompted similar fears, and resulted in widespread protests.

    In June, Mr. Sourisseau announced that he would take a step back from offensive renderings of the Prophet Muhammad. Mr. Sourisseau said, "We have drawn Muhammad to defend the principle that one can draw whatever they want." Although Charlie Hebdo would always stand by the principle of free expression, the magazine's editors and cartoonists expressed a desire not to become too focused on its critiques of Islam.

    Sourisseau, popularly known by the nickname "Riss," was wounded in the shoulder during the attacks in Paris last January. The first issue produced after the attacks featured a weeping Muhammad with the words "all is forgiven" in French. Charlie Hebdo has never shrunk from controversial topics, however, and the question of immigration has been a major question in the minds of Europeans for months.

    This is not the first time that Charlie Hebdo has used Aylan's image in its cartoons. In September, Charlie Hebdo published several cartoons that employed variations of Ms. Demir's image to satirize the inconsistency of Europe's responses to refugees. Critics of the cartoons felt that they had crossed an unspoken line of decency.

    Did Sourisseau go too far? Or was the publication of this cartoon reflect the shift in the European dialogue on immigration?



    Popular outcry on social media sites such as Twitter suggests that the cartoon has resurfaced sympathy for the plight of Syrian migrants.

    Many were horrified by the cartoon, calling it "sick" and "disgusting." Twitter user Zamrah called the image "tasteless."

    Charlie Hebdo's sick cartoon about the young boy Aylan Kurdi is disgusting and horrific. Tasteless.— Zamrah (@Zambini2000) January 14, 2016

    Others saw the image not as racist, but rather a critique of racism.

    You mean to tell me people have taken a #CharlieHebdo critique of French racism as an endorsement of French racism? Again?— Alex Rowell (@disgraceofgod) January 14, 2016

    Opinions on the appropriateness of the cartoon differ. Whether or not viewers see the cartoon as indecent, it has once again opened debate on European racism towards Syrian refugees.

    Did Charlie Hebdo cartoon on Cologne sexual assaults go too far?

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    twitter - like a million yaso whackjobs cried out on the internet at once

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    twitter - like a million yaso whackjobs cried out on the internet at once
    I see Yasohornsucker is in the clink.

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    Fair game. It's only a cartoon. The family left Turkey by choice. They had lived in turkey for at least 2 years. Free rent. The father wanted dental work.

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    They go to far ? Or is it the truth ?



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    Charlie Hebdo publishes cartoon of Barcelona attack criticised for portraying Islam as inherently violent

    Magazine's editor defends choice by saying hard questions are being avoided out of concern for moderate, law-abiding Muslims



    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/charlie-hebdo-barcelona-attack-cartoon-islam-violent-inherent-controversial-french-satirical-a7910786.html


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    islam inherently violent?

    NO WAY!

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    They're so full of shit.

    They sensationalise to sell magazines, and that's it.

    They are just nasty, money grubbing trolls.

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    You take your chances, I suppose...

    Wonder how their security is now...



    "On 7 January 2015 at about 11:30 local time, two brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Armed with assault rifles and other weapons, they killed 12 people and injured 11 others. The gunmen identified themselves as belonging to the Islamist terrorist group Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen, which took responsibility for the attack. Several related attacks followed in the Île-de-France region, where a further five were killed and eleven wounded."

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick
    twitter - like a million yaso whackjobs cried out on the internet at once
    Posted a year before Trump took office.
    Prophetic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    They're so full of shit.

    They sensationalise to sell magazines, and that's it.

    They are just nasty, money grubbing trolls.
    You don't have to be a "Genius" to figure out that "Sensation sells".
    But does Islam and Judaism get their fair share of being sensationalized ? If you look at Hollywood or read Magazines you can come to only one conclusion.....NO !
    Ohh dear me, am I anti-semite or suffer islamphobia.

    Hollywood is full of money grubbing trolls and they have left not one leave unturned to make fun about the Bible, Jesus and Popes. Not that I mind , but fair should be fair. And lets face it, their is plenty of laughs and facts to report about when you have characters like these:



    But it won't happen. Ever wonder why ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HermantheGerman View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    They're so full of shit.

    They sensationalise to sell magazines, and that's it.

    They are just nasty, money grubbing trolls.
    You don't have to be a "Genius" to figure out that "Sensation sells".
    No, but the number of people that fall for their "we're trying to protect free speech" shit is astonishing.

    When in reality they do shit like this:


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    Pity of the innocent people killed in Barcelona, in London, or wherever.

    However, who pity the hundreds of innocent people killed daily on other side of the world, who will light up candles for them, who will send the king comforting the injured in the hospitals (in case there is a hospital functioning around)?



    Syria bombing: US military denies mosque was hit - CNN

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Pity of the innocent people killed in Barcelona, in London, or wherever.

    However, who pity the hundreds of innocent people killed daily on other side of the world, who will light up candles for them, who will send the king comforting the injured in the hospitals (in case there is a hospital functioning around)?



    Syria bombing: US military denies mosque was hit - CNN
    I think Putin should, he's responsible for them.

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    Charlie Hebdo, HaraKiri, few french cartoon magazines were always overboard for the fun of those that can appreciate a laugh over a cartoon or awake opinions...

    Some editions not sold in Switzerland some times, banned not sure if today this still happen...

    Those that not like it, just not watch it, ti's cartoons !
    Monday,Tuesday, then it goes WTF !

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    I think Putin should, he's responsible for them.
    When he could hack the US election, why not to hack the US bombers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by forreachingme View Post
    Charlie Hebdo, HaraKiri, few french cartoon magazines were always overboard for the fun of those that can appreciate a laugh over a cartoon or awake opinions...

    Some editions not sold in Switzerland some times, banned not sure if today this still happen...

    Those that not like it, just not watch it, ti's cartoons !
    Can I fix that for you....

    The Brits, HaraKiri, a lot of British comedians were always overboard for the fun of those that can appreciate a laugh over a cartoon or awake opinions...

    They not even stop at their Royals Anuses

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    A new edition of Charly Hebdo is on sale each Wednesday since 1970, now that the attack in their office took place, should they have less freedom of speech due to the World lurking at their work ?

    It is no more what it was, since some great caricaturists died of this or that and age or in the attack, remains a satyric magazine.

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    Brutal Christian savages protest against Charlie Hebdo and are ready to kill and bomb France.


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