January 14, 2016

Shameless Charlie Hebdo

"Charlie Hebdo has come under fire—again. A new cartoon in the French satirical magazine depicts Aylan Kurdi—the drowned Syrian toddler who late in 2015 became the tragic human face of Europe’s migrant crisis—growing up to become an adult who sexually harasses women.

The cartoon, tweeted by French journalist Faïza Zerouala on Wednesday, shows a small illustration of the famous image of Aylan Kurdi lying facedown on a Turkish beach with the words “What would little Aylan have grown up to be? A groper in Germany.”

The cartoon also shows two women being chased by two men with their hands outstretched, presumably in anticipation of groping them. The men’s faces closely resemble those of an animal rather than a human being." - Lucy Westcott, "Charlie Hebdo Cartoon Depicts Drowned Toddler Aylan Kurdi as Future Sexual Harasser," Newsweek, January 13, 2016.
Mock the Prophet of Islam all you want, that's freedom of speech, but don't attack the memories of victims of the Syrian migrant crisis. Don't attack a dead toddler of a persecuted minority in the Middle East and depict him as a future sex criminal. The biggest sex criminals in Europe are in power, not in refugee camps. But the shameless cowards at Charlie Hebdo choose to attack the weak.

May the memory of Aylan Kurdi live longer than Charlie Hebdo.