#JeSuisCharlie – Cartoons that ‘offend’

Freedom of speech and expression is important, terrorists cannot be allowed to win through intimidation and bullying.

They especially can’t be allowed to win over silly drawings.

12 people were killed in the terror attack in Paris on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical newspaper, including the editor Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier.

Violence must not silence the media…or anyone else for that matter.


KILLED: Charlie Hebdo Editor Stephane Charbonnier

Mohammed Cartoon


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  • jaundiced

    I am hoping (but not expecting) the world’s media to stand up for freedom of expression and not be cowered into silence. Lets see more of these

  • Mark

    When the Herald publish these then I will believe the statement they have made of, “We Stand With Charlie Hebdo”

    • I.M Bach

      They need to grow a pair first.

  • 40something

    These are dark days for artists, for journalists, for freedom of expression.
    Stephane Charbonnier you are a hero to us all.

    • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

      You mean for TRUE artists and TRUE journalists (like Charb, not Tom Scott)
      And for TRUE freedom of expression (as on WO, not MSM)

      • 40something

        Well no actually. Freedom of speech and expression is just that, even for those I disagree with. That was Charb’s message after all, the right to open dissent. Not a Tom Scott fan but I’ll defend his right to publish what he likes.

  • Cadwallader

    If one is generous enough to accept that these Islamos actually have the ability to rationalize (highly debatable) then their sensitivity to a few cartoons can be regarded as a form of vulnerability given they need to protect the absurdities to which they subscribe in such a rabid manner.

  • Bombastic

    I’ll wager the media will describe these scum as “lone wolves” with “mental health issues”. Let’s see.

  • Rodger T

    The inimitable Christopher Hitchens on Islam,

  • papagaya

    At breitbart, they’re running the full video of the terrorists shooting the cop in the head as he lies writhing in pain on the ground. Once you’ve seen that, you understand the full horror of what has just happened in Paris. I doubt whether any mainstream media will run that footage. If they did, the population of every Western nation would be steeled for the war ahead.

  • BW_Lord

    The funny thing is, I really can’t see the NZ msm giving this sort of satire a free run in NZ, and the types of Wussel and Metiria would have been decrying this from the treetops.

    Would NZ have really been as strident in upholding free speech as France was, and what does that say about this country when France is probably the most socialist western country?

  • pisces8284 .

    Many people making this their profile pic on facebook

    • EvoDriver

      I’m more tempted to run one of the cartoons above as my Facebook picture. However I don’t want to offend the one Muslim friend I actually do have, and Facebook would no doubt take it down anyway.

  • watch out WO staff, they will be after you next LOL. No seriously do, please, I love reading your site & I would hate to see it stopped.

    Now I’ve got that out of they way, These need to be translated and published everywhere and not pulled because of threats, You wouldn’t pull it for a political party, an enviromental cause or the vatican, Unless it is defaming somebody in an illegal manner or is criminal in nature, the freedom to publish our thoughts is one of the high points of western civilisation.

    • BW_Lord

      Yeah definitely keen for translations if there is a french speaker out there. Even reading it all I hear is Joey of friends … ‘blah, de blueh de bluer’

    • [MOD] LOL?

      Time for a holiday.

  • Rodger T

    Bizarrely ,the NZ media have not gone running to Norman or Goff for a platitudinous sound bite,maybe this does not rank up there with John Keys txts in importance.

    • bristol

      Whaleoil is to be commended for republishing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons. However, they might soon be getting a text from the White House…
      “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”
      Barack Hussein ☪bama – Speaking at the UN, 25 September 2012

    • Cadwallader

      They’ll still be on holiday….Norman in Gaza and Goff somewhere lost?

  • HR

    Does anyone else think this may be the beginning of the ultimate iteration of the “Streisand Effect”??

    • Muffin

      I was thinking that very thing. Let’s hope it’s part of a bigger move to cut this cancer out of society.

  • cows4me

    Politicians will be very concerned in France now. Elections are coming up and the far right has been taking more and more voters with them, this may remove the socialists from office.
    I very much doubt the people who claimed they killed because Mohammad was drawn give a flying stuff about these cartoons. In fact if the truth was known they probably enjoy them, they can work themselves into some fake outrage. The cartoons are simply a way to a means and just give them an excuse to create terror and further oppress free people.

  • grumpy

    And here we have the NZ Herald, bravely displaying the SAME photo as in this post (above)

    ….only, unlike WO, they have cropped it to remove the “offensive” bit.

    • dgrogan

      Boy. I’m sick of this leftist, PC bull [redacted] excitement – pandering to these Muslim murderers. It’s turning the West into gutless unics.

  • Andy

    Was it Te Papa that displayed a statue of the Virgin Mary covered in a condom?

    • Steve

      It was……and Te Papa’s still standing to this day.

      • Andy

        Yes thanks for the clarification. I must have missed the nuns shouting “death to those that criticise the Lord” screaming down Lambton Quay

  • BR

    The Islamist problems in the west are the direct consequences of socialist “bring ’em in and they’ll vote for us” immigration policy.

    Bill. .

    • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

      the “Helen Gambit”

  • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

    Just heard the news – apparently “NZ’s top cartoonist” Tom Scott’s heart is in the right place but his brain is out to lunch, and dinner . . and tomorrow’s breakfast as well . . .

    His first reaction was “Bloody Muslims !” (that was his heart speaking)

    But then his brain woke up and started to qualify things, do spin and “corrections”, and said “Hey, wait, it was only two deranged lunatics”

    • bristol

      Tom Scott eh! I’m surprised he didn’t say it was just “an isolated case of workplace violence.”

    • Rex

      Tom Scott is a leftie. Say no more.

      • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

        Knew that, and certainly explains some.
        But, how on earth can anyone with even a microgram of sense believe the rubbish these lefties dish out? do even they believe it?

        Anyway, as to the geographic location of his heart, forgive me for being sardonic.

    • mommadog

      I heard Tom Scott interviewed by Kerry this morning at the beginning of her show on ZB. When he had more time to give his thoughts rather than a news sound bite he made some good points about the role of cartoonists in recording history and how at times they are the canary in the coalmine – seeing what is happening before the main stream does. He mentioned about how cartoonists pegged what was happening in Germany with Hitler before the public and rest of the media did and that some were also persecuted. I don’t agree with all of his left leanings by any means but not all his points were bad this morning.

      • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

        Tom may well class himself as a canary in the coal-mine, but is one of those canaries with a built-in gas-mask.
        He certainly hasn’t managed to detect the really toxic gasses.

        • mommadog

          Yes I agreed with him on the historical view but I certainly don’t see him as a canary himself. He misses the reality due to his own biases. The only local canary that seems to get NZ at present is SonovaMin

    • tinfoilhatguy

      Give him a bit more time and he’ll figure out a way to blame the French far right, the US and probably John Key.

    • Eiselmann

      But then his brain woke up and started to qualify things, do spin and “corrections”, and said “Hey, wait, it was only two deranged lunatics”…………..
      See here’s the thing , when do we get to the point when almost 25000 separate terror attacks in the name of allah since 9/11 stop being the acts of random nut jobs and start being the acts of people who’s religion commands then to purge the world of corruption (non believers)…you’d think after 25000 incidents even the MSM could spot the pattern….

      • dgrogan

        The common denominator is the teachings of the Qur’an – a religious cult which unites them all in hatred for the un-believer.

  • Annie A

    I wish the media would stop saying ‘the prophet mohammed’ and say ‘the Islamic prophet mohammed.’ He’s not my “prophet.”

    • Salacious Crumb

      “The Muslim Prophet Mohammed who Married a 9year old girl” would be even better.

      • grumpy

        you mean “raped” a nine year old girl….

        • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

          enjoyed it so much he decided to keep doing it, so “married”

      • HR

        She was six when he married her wasn’t she? Then her hair fell out and he left her alone for a while?
        Whose hair wouldn’t fall out having to marry a wizened up old spud when you were six

      • bristol

        Actually, the word ‘prophet’ should be deleted. Mohammed never prophesied anything. The reality is he was a pedophile, a murderer and a tyrant.

    • Cadwallader

      Perhaps he is a “gross prophet?” Pardon the pun.

  • Citizen

    197 editions satirizing all religions, the far right, the far left! But only one will kill because if it!
    Je suis Charlie

    • ozbob68

      Don’t forget, Scientology is running a close second on repercussions for criticism of religion.

    • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

      Genesis 16:12 – talking about Ishmael, the father of the arabs:
      “He will be a wild donkey of a man: his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers”

      Islam is simply a codification of old arab customs & culture. And that verse sums it all up – “a wild donkey of a man” – irrascible, impetuous, humourless, offensive and easily offended, etc. etc.

  • ozbob68

    Can we have subtitles on the cartoons please? So we know precisely how offended others should be?

    • Citizen

      Last one: “mahommad a star is born” 2nd to last: film title “untouchables 2” speech bubble “dont laugh” 3rd to last one: a dumb film starts muslim rage. The speech bubble says “show us a film intellegent and we will start ww3” next: title: “mohammad overtaken by fundalamentists” speech bubble “its hard to be loved by idiots”!
      Thats all for now folks

  • Cremster

    Lots of places will make custom tee shirts for you.

    I’ve just ordered two made with this image (will get some for the rest of the family if they turn out okay):

  • idbkiwi

    Fellow cartoonist Tom Scott says (if reported correctly) “it was only two deranged lunatics”

    No, no, no Tom, they are not deranged, they are just mainstream devout islamists carrying out the sacred duty of their cult as demanded of them…wake up Tom.

    “o9,0 JIHAD
    0: Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymoiogically derived from the word mujahada, signifying warfare to establish the religion….”

    “there are two possible states in respect to non-Muslims, The first is when they are in their own countries, in which case jihad (def: o9,8) is a communal obligation, and this is what our author is speaking of when he says, ‘Jihad is a communal obligation,”

    “o9 .3 Jihad is also ( O: personally ) obligatory for everyone (O: able to perform it, male or female,old or young)”

    “The objectives of jihad…

    o9.tt The caliph (o25) make war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians”

    Reliance of the Traveller – The classic manual of Islamic Sacred Law ‘Umdat al-Salik by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri

    • Stuff.co.nz News @NZStuff
      VIDEO: President @fhollande: “Our republic has been attacked.”

      The French president sees it as an act of war against the nation.

      Nice of Tom Scott (if reported correctly) to say it was just two lunatics.

  • andrewo

    Streisand Effect – here we go!

  • Hardie Martin

    I’d like to see the cartoon “Une etoile est nee” sent to the writer of todays Dompost editorial. The editorial has a whiff of that Vance creature.

  • andrewo

    A few thoughts on this:
    These cartoons will all over the internet now, so in this respect the attackers are losers already.
    At a stroke they’ve just doubled the vote of the far right in Europe. It’s a late Christmas present for Le Pen. Muslims in Europe may yet live to regret this.
    The whole thing could’ve been avoided with the addition of a decent security door. A bit silly really.

    • As for your final sentence, you might want to read how they got in.