Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Art Spiegelman Criticizes US Press Over Charlie Hebdo Political Correctness

Pulitzer Prize-winning comic artist Art Spiegelman has recently spoken out against the decision of many US media outlets to not republish the cartoons that were featured in Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical publication that was attacked on January 7 (see 12 Killed at Magazine Previously Attacked for Satirical Cartoons).

"I think it's so hypocritical to drape yourself in freedom of speech and then self-censor yourself to the point where you are not making your readers understand the issues," Spiegelman told the AFP. "That cartoon was not making fun of the prophet, it was excoriating the believers who would kill."

Media outlets such as the New York Times, the Associated Press, CNN, and NBC News have refused to show images of the cover from the latest issue of Charlie Hebdo. (see "Are Cartoons More Powerful Than Art?") News outlets have resorted to blurring and cropping photographs of the now famous image of Muhammad holding a sign that reads "Je Suis Charlie" to hide potentially offensive material, leading Spiegelman to argue that journalists  are choosing political correctness over freedom of speech.



Anonymous said...

They pretend they don't want to offend, but the truth is they're literally dead scared what members of the "religion of peace" might do to them.

Anonymous said...

Progressives are generally cowards to whom appeasement is preferable to principal.


Bird of Paradise said...

Their afraid of ofending muslims but like to offend conservatives with the usial liberal bull kaka wheather it be Toles,Babin,Bennet, or the rest of those infernal scribblers and that also goses to McGruder creator of that THE BOONDOCKS crap

Anonymous said...

It is currently ok to print material that offends Christians - in fact, if you put on a musical that mocks Mormons you will win prizes for it - but you cannot offend certain other religions.
That is the state of freedom of speech in the world today.

Anonymous said...

Tell them to hold up that pic muslism object too them hold up a picture of that "piss Christ" piece of "art" and see which one get blurred!

Interesting how the purveyors of “tolerance” and “freedom of speech” change their tune when its Islam getting roasted.

These people are moral cowards and only say this because they fear islam. They know no Christian is going to cut their heads off or murder their entire family or go on a shooting spree for any insult, no matter how vial.

Go Away Bird said...

Anon 9:10. Oh so true the hypocracy of liberals and atheists sticks out like a sore thumb