Je Suis Charlie!

Charlie Hebdo was an equal opportunity satirical journal in that they attacked pretty much everybody.  In fact, they had more run ins with Christians than Muslims, but that has gotten lost because they were attacked by “mooslims”.  Some people are willing to distance themselves from Charlie Hebdo because of its outspokeness in its satire.
free-speech-meaningUnfortunately, I have to say that I can side with Charlie Hebdo for wanting to be deliberately offensive in order to try and make a point.

I know that some people would like to imply that I am racist for my Dred Scott post, but that misses the point. I would have liked to have it so that “Dixie” played badly on an out of tune banjo played when one landed on this post. It was meant to point out the attitude toward blacks when Dred Scott was posted. Alas, I didn’t know about Somersett’s case when I wrote originally wrote that post or it would have been a different post.  However, one has to point out that slavery was accepted in the US and some still defend that institution.

Then, there are also the posts on Meleanie Hain, who was the pro-gun pinup who managed to get herself killed by a gun, even though she had a gun for protection.  Alas, Meleanie is one of far too many people who have died from pro-gun bullshit.

In fact, there is a serious problem with trying to satirise the pro-gun (and many other of the reality challenged right’s positions) in that without some clue that it is satire, it’s hard to tell the satire from the real thing.  This is something called Poe’s Law.  Thus, someone who may be deadly serious in their blogging actually comes off as a sick parody of their positions.

It’s a scary world when it is hard to satirise the crazies around us.

And harder to have a serious debate on the issues.


2 thoughts on “Je Suis Charlie!

  1. 20,000 people yesterday in the town of Perigueux, when you consider that the population of Perigueux itself is under 30,000, that is mind boggling…they stopped counting yesterday for the national numbers at 4 million. We were there with a number of our friends. It’s hard to have a debate or rationally talk in the atmosphere of the USA, but here, in Perigueux, almost every muslim resident was part of the demonstration. I think the biggest reason people came out was to reject living with fear. This could be a big start to counteracting the trend to right wing nationalism here, if not in the rest of Europe. The FN and the Centrist UMP party came out looking pretty lame.Sarkozy made an ass of himself in public trying to horn into the spotlight and the videos are going viral in the mainstream press!
    The biggest loser was Netanyahu, who was asked not to come, came anyway, tried to politicise his appearance and acted like an arrogant tourist. Don’t kid yourself about Israel being a bastion of democracy. Haaretz published a cartoon linking the Charlie Hebdo massacre to the death of journalists from Israeli security forces in Gaza last year and now good Israeli citizens are threatening Haaretz for daring to speak the truth. The big meme today is comparing the French response to the American response after 9/11. There will never be a French “Patriot Act” and Charlie Hebdo will publish their first international edition on Wednesday and the cartoons that started the hoffific cycle are going to be reprinted.

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