New Charlie Hebdo cover has Muhammad saying “Je suis Charlie”

Less than one week after masked gunman shot to death much of its staff, the remaining crew at French satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” are fighting back the only way they know: with biting satire.

This week’s edition of Charlie Hebdo will feature the Muslim prophet Muhammad carrying a sign saying “Je suis Charlie.”

Above Muhammad’s head is a caption reading: “All is forgiven.”

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Ironically, I was just saying the other day on Twitter that I was surprised no one had done a political cartoon of Muhammad saying “Je suis Charlie.” Who else, but Charlie Hebdo.

The gunman, allegedly affiliated with Al Qaeda, stormed the magazine publisher in response for the publication repeatedly violating Islam’s ban on depictions of Muhammad. And Charlie Hebdo’s depictions were particularly provocative, showing Muhammad naked and sometimes in a sexual context.

 

The magazine has printed several million copies of this week’s edition. Normally, they print around 60,000.

While many of Charlie Hebdo’s earlier images are shocking to some (myself included), you have to understand that France has a long tradition of rather in-your-face satirical free speech combined with an equally long tradition of keeping religion out of public life; or as the Wall Street Journal put it, “radical anticlericalism.”

In that context, the over-the-top barbs against all religion weren’t over the top at all — if you’re French.


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  • John Doe

    One of the dummest comments. Islam is not a person, just like America is not a person and France is not a person. Now, Saudi Arabia, on the hand, is pretty close to being a person since it is ruled by one family.

    It has always been curious to me that no one wants to talk about the fact that Christianity and Judaism are largely western white religions, while Islam is largely an eastern brown and black religion. That is the real issue.

  • John Doe

    Tell that to the Muslim guy who got stabbed today in France by and Islamophobic attacker.

  • Bill_Perdue

    I’m glad to see that students are taking an interest in these questions.

    To answer this particular question go to http://americablog.com/2015/01/gay-activists-never-embrace-violence.html and read the comments.

  • We’ve had decade after decade of Islamic bloodletting yet the apologists are coming forth in the wake of this terrible attack.
    If I had a son and he spray painted all over the freshly painted wall of my neighbor’s house , I wouldn’t want my neighbor justifiably angry though he might be to beat the hell out of my family member.
    It is my responsibility to set things right and dole out the punishment.

    Perhaps Islam should consider getting it’s house in order first then let’s talk about “respect.”

  • No YOU Look like a vagina. I’m not the only one who thought this: http://tktk.gawker.com/there-s-a-hidden-dick-on-the-new-charlie-hebdo-cover-1679314007

  • White&Blue

    How does this relate to the article above?

  • goulo

    In this Roschach test, I see the turban as the balls and the entire head as the shaft.

    As long as we’re doing this kind of analysis: perhaps the lips of the mouth are also a subliminal vagina!

  • The string in the back is the shaft. Also his nose and his eyes make a pretty obvious penis.

  • emjayay

    Looks more like balls. And no, although he was.

  • emjayay

    Except that This video is private.

  • emjayay

    Could be. Isn’t.

  • caphillprof

    The terrorists didn’t win! We now have millions of pictures of the “Prophet.”

  • Bill_Perdue

    The levels of hysteria and irrationality in personal attacks are accurate measure of the effectiveness of the left in drawing people away drawing from Democrat, Dixiecrat and Republican politics.

  • Max_1

    No cartoon has ever murdered a person…
    … Yet people murder cartoonists.

  • John Doe

    It could also just be a racist picture. Legal and permitted to be published, but racist nonetheless.

  • FLL

    What a beautiful sentiment from the Parisian crowd.

  • FLL

    Putin and his allies detest al Qaeda. Remember the bloody Chechnya campaign, where al Qaeda fighters went to fight the Russians? Remember the 2010 Moscow subway bombings? Only a self-loathing, sexually repressed idiot would grasp at straws by championing both of these two mortal enemies just because both oppressed gay people. I’m sure I can hear someone say, “FLL, you’re being overly critical of a couple of your fellow Americablog commenters.” Well, in this particular instance, I’m being critical of Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association. In this first video below, Fischer praises Putin as a “lion of Christianity” for persecuting gay people. In Fischer’s most recent video (the second video below), he blames the folks at Charlie Hebdo for their own deaths and says it was because they took the name of God in vain, thus pardoning al Qaeda’s actions as understandable. Ya see? I don’t just pick on Americablog commenters. There seem to be plenty of self-loathing, sexually repressed idiots to go around. I wonder if Bryan Fischer will eventually claim that he is arguing his points from a socialist perspective?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99S6DYXOFHA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9EJxo9Djkc#t=103

  • Don Chandler

    I think gays are the beneficiaries of free expression. Je suis Charlie.

    If Islam bans depictions of Muhammad, that only applies to Islamic followers and when a tourist travels around in restrictive Islamic nations. In the US, Catholics might say abortion is against their church’s teachings, but it has no sway on non-catholics unless our country outlaws abortion…duh.

  • Dave of the Jungle

    Ya gotta admire them.

  • dcinsider

    Beautiful.

  • jillkennedy

    Bravo Charlie. Media companies and creative people cannot work in an environment of fear. They must press on defiantly and not be censored. One company wants to build an American style theme park in Yemen – probably not the smartest of ideas – but it still must be allowed:
    http://mankabros.com/blogs/those_damn_kids/2014/09/10/yemen-theme-park-is-a-horrible-idea/

  • keirmeister

    I actually think it’s one of the most brilliant responses ever. It says so much while saying so little.

  • The turban also looks like a dick…are they calling him a dick head?

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