Charlie Hebdo cartoonists reject Texas attack comparison

Employees checking the arrival of the then forthcoming edition of the weekly satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, January 13, 2015, Paris, France. (photo credit: AFP/MARTIN BUREAU)

Two Charlie Hebdo journalists have rejected any suggestion of similarities between a deadly attack on the French satirical magazine and a failed armed assault on a Mohammed cartoon event in Texas.

Two men toting assault rifles were shot dead Sunday when they attempted to storm a controversial exhibit of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed in Garland, a suburb of Dallas.

Some drew parallels between that and the attack in January in Paris when two Islamist gunmen — enraged by caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed — attacked the offices of the magazine, killing 12 people.

“There is absolutely no comparison,” Jean-Baptiste Thoret, the magazine’s film critic who only avoided the attack because he had been late for work — told Charlie Rose on PBS, according to an advance transcript Monday.

“You have a, as you said, a sort of anti-Islamic movement (in Texas)… the problem of Charlie Hebdo is absolutely not the same,” added Thoret, flanked by Gerard Biard, chief editor of the magazine…

Charlie Hebdo were always leftists.

Related: Stop comparing Pamela Geller to the murdered staffers of Charlie Hebdo:

Pamela Geller, 56, is the president of an organization called the American Freedom Defense Initiative. Like most groups that festoon themselves in such empty, nonsensical, star-spangled pablum, the AFDI is a panoply of racism and Islamophobia.

Its predictably amateurish webpage—which unceasingly assaults the eyes with pleas for donations (minimum $18/month)—contains no discernible mission statement. But, according to tax documents obtained by the AP, the AFDI bills itself as an organization set against “capitulation to the global jihad and Islamic supremacism.”

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I’m starting to become repetitious. Despite paragraphs of name calling, the anonymous Quartz writer doesn’t identify a single falsehood about Islam in Pamela’s pronouncements.

  • dukestreet

    It’s a very simple fact. If people are trying to kill you because they don’t like what you say or do. if what you are saying or doing, is in defense of the basic freedoms of your country, such as writing, drawing, advertizing and so on. And people try to kill you because you have practiced free speech, the laws of which are designed specifically to protect speech that may be controversial and/or offensive.

    This is not Islamophobia. The fear of someone killing you because you speak your mind, Is legitimate and not a phobia.It”s only a phobia if it’s an unreasonable fear. it makes no difference if you include all religions in your publication and poke fun at them or not. There have been plenty of offensive cartoons or other so called art that offends Christianity,Judaism and other faiths. Islam is the only religion that attacks people who offend it.

    Therefore, the comparison is appropriate. The Charlie Hebdo people are losing support by making a big fuss about it. Everyone with a decent brain and reasonably good thinking processes makes the connection.

    Pam Geller’s work makes absolute sense. It’s too bad that our foolish left and the politicians selling our countries down the river to the cultural hell they are making with Muslim immigration, are blind to the results of their political ignorance.

    • The Left always have blinders on. You would think this served as a wakeup call about Islam but it hasn’t.

      They still belive that Islamists think just like them and the whole thing was a misunderstanding.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    That Hebdo fella needs to get off his high and mighty horse. To say there is ‘absolutely no comparison’ is ludicrous.

    Hebdo and the attack in Texas both happened because of Mo-toons, but, because Hebdo makes fun of everybody, while the Texas event focused on just Muslims, he thinks that the folks at Hebdo are somehow morally superior to Pamela Geller and the Texas event.

    Get over yourself, Frenchie.

    • He’s just a leftist, he needs to feel morally superior.

  • winniec

    Charlie Hebdo are snobs. Sniff. How could you uncouth Americans be like us?
    Well, CH, it’s the same Sharia law that is killing everyone. We supported you in your hour of need. You have no sympathy when someone else is attacked?
    Americans deserve to be attacked. I forgot that.

    • At the end of the day they are what they are – Surrender Monkeys.