Catastrophic career choice number one: Political Cartoonist

Who in their right mind would consider becoming a political cartoonist these days?As Milo Yiannopoulos said in a recent video, political correctness can kill. He was referring to people not speaking up about child sex gangs and  suspicious terrorist activity for fear of being labelled racist.  I am referring to the fact that drawing a cartoon can actually result in death.

When cartoonists are slaughtered for what they draw, the politically correct brigade always support the actions of the murderers.  Being politically correct they are very careful to first say that the slaughter was wrong and terrible but then they always add the word “but” to the sentence.They talk about provocation and use the old, “she was asking for it,” argument.

Charlie Hebdo has already paid the ultimate price for drawing cartoons that hurt some people’s feelings. This time, they are facing legal jihad and this time, it may destroy their magazine for good. Political correctness may not kill in this case but if the court case is successful it could bankrupt Charlie Hebdo.

An Italian town is pursuing legal action against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for a cartoon showing victims of an earthquake there as types of pasta, and another suggesting the mafia was to blame for the death toll of almost 300.

One cartoon, entitled “Earthquake Italian Style”, captioned drawings of a bloodied and bandaged man “Penne in tomato sauce”, a scratched and swollen woman “Penne au gratin”, and a collapsed building with blood and feet emerging from it “Lasagne”.

After Italians responded angrily, the magazine, famed for its provocative, taboo-busting cartoons, published a second one, showing a person half-buried under rubble saying: “Italians … it’s not Charlie Hebdo who built your homes, it’s the mafia!”

Amatrice, the home of “amatriciana” pasta sauce, was flattened by the quake on Aug. 24.

The local government called the cartoons “a macabre, senseless and absurd insult to the victims,” Mario Cicchetti, a lawyer for Amatrice city hall, told Reuters.

It has asked a local prosecutor to investigate Charlie Hebdo for “aggravated defamation”, a crime for which the town would seek civil damages.

…The construction sector in Italy has long been plagued by inattention to regulations, and both regular building work and post-disaster reconstruction has at times been infiltrated by organized crime.

-reuters.com

The appropriate response to a cartoon that you don’t like, is to ignore it and not show it to anyone. Using legal jihad to financially destroy a magazine because one of their cartoonists drew something that hurt people’s feelings, is no different to a woman destroying her boyfriend’s car because he broke off the relationship. Yes, the anger and upset are understandable but the retaliation is over the top.

  • Mick Ie

    There may be an alternate reason for the law suit: If they win, will the local government use this money to go towards replacing the enormous amount of apparently missing money, which had been previously allocated to help earthquake-strengthen the old buildings that have just collapsed in the earthquake?

  • The Accountant

    This is just going to initiate the Streisand Effect.

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