Checking Charlie Hebdo’s Privilege

A LIVING cartoonist lecturing his murdered peers makes for a curious spectacle, but that’s what transpired at journalism’s George Polk Awards a week ago. The lecturer was Garry Trudeau, of “Doonesbury” fame; his subject was the cartoonists for Charlie Hebdo, the Parisian satire rag, who were gunned down by fanatics because of their mockery of Muhammad and Islam.

Trudeau did not exactly say they had it coming, but he passed judgment on their sins — not the sin of blasphemy, but the sin of picking a politically unsuitable target for their jabs. By mocking things sacred to Europe’s Muslim immigrants, Trudeau lamented, the Hebdo cartoonists were “punching downward … attacking a powerless, disenfranchised minority.” This was both a moral and an aesthetic failing, because “ridiculing the non-privileged is almost never funny — it’s just mean.”

  • tom_billesley

    Is there something about the name “Trudeau” ?

  • David Murrell

    Remember when the media was all slavishly reporting those stupid Doonsbury cartoon? It’s great that they do not exist anymore. I am happy that Gary Trudeau lazes about, doing nothing but appearing at meaningless academic conferences. Fitting end to a nobody.

  • Guest

    Mark Steyn has a great piece on this too – not a lot of sympathy for Trudeau’s “punching down”:

    “Charlie Hebdo dead, Vilks in hiding, Hedegaard shot, Rehman firebombed, Nekschot vanished, Molly Norris fled, Kurt Westergaard attacked by an Islamic axeman… But Garry Trudeau is on stage congratulating himself on ‘afflicting the comfortable’. You can’t ‘punch down’ much lower than sneering at the dead and those no longer able to speak, can you?”

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  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Why are all the heroes on the left ultimately proven to be the worst people imaginable?
    Are there any that actually stood the test of time and were not ultimately revealed as phonies?
    None are coming to mind.

  • winniec

    “Punching down”? Or not? The power structure of Islam is brilliantly diffuse and concentrated at the same time. When apostasy or blasphemy rear up against Islam’s monopoly of thought, an Islamic VIGILANTE is authorized to murder the apostate or blasphemer! Talk about punching sideways! Anyone may commit murder in Islam as long as it supports Islamic supremacism.
    Islamic supremacism is diffused among its individual members and concentrated in the caliph at the top. If the caliph does not act, the members take on his duties as enthusiastic volunteers.
    This is a murderous, supremacist Death Cult, rather than a religion based on the universal code of benevolent reciprocity. What all Muslims venerate is supremacism.
    When you fight a SUPREMACIST, you ARE PUNCHING UP!

    • Excellent comment on Islam’s power structure.

      I might add, the thousands of unseen jihadis hidden among the general Muslim population work like an, invisible murmuration hit squad, searching out and killing all who question Islam.

  • mobuyus

    Islam is like a shit stain in your underwear that you cannot get out.