Charlie Hebdo’s gross out cartoons are an ancient French tradition worth preserving
Thought Leader Handbook, Rule 1: After disaster, lie in wait. Wait until the “What hath God wrought” phase is over, usually about 12 hours.
Rule 2: Take either the stance that the victims (in this case, Charlie Hebdo) were stupid (as the Financial Times’s Tony Barber claimed on Wednesday) or that they were…well, still stupid, but never mind that, even idiots have a right to free speech, ra ra ra.
The English-language media are almost universally taking as a foregone conclusion that Charlie Hebdo’s comics were terrible and not funny.
For example, the following caricature-of-a caricature ran in Gawker on Thursday, poking fun at Charlie Hebdo’s lowbrow leanings. Too soon, people. If you wouldn’t express this kind of disdain for Charb as a human being (i.e., Stéphane Charbonnier, the magazine’s director, who drew some of Charlie’s most controversial cartoons), you shouldn’t say this about Charlie Hebdo as a publication…
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