Charlie Hebdo (French pronunciation: [ʃaʁli ɛbdo]; French for Charlie Weekly) is a French satirical weekly magazine, featuring cartoons, reports, polemics, and jokes. Irreverent and stridently non-conformist in tone, the publication describes itself as above all secular, skeptic, and atheist, far-left-wing, and anti-racist publishing articles about the extreme right (especially the French nationalist National Front party), religion (Catholicism, Islam, Judaism), politics and culture.
The magazine has been the target of two terrorist attacks, in 2011 and 2015. Both were presumed to be in response to a number of controversial Muhammad cartoons it published. In the second of these attacks, 12 people were killed, including publishing director Charb and several other prominent cartoonists. (Wikipedia)
Well apparently they don’t get satire in Phil Murphy’s New Jersey either…
As in the case of Charlie Hebdo, a group of cultural terrorists have demanded that an image they deem “offensive” be removed and the “perpetrators” – in this case, it was merely “re-tweeted” – be punished. On the one hand, we hope the so-called “perpetrators” will stand up for freedom of expression; while on the other, we hope that nobody gets murdered. There are a lot of crazies out there, and these things do have a way of escalating.
You do remember satire, don’t you? Yes, it has something to do with comedy…
Satire (noun) the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
On Tuesday night, the Board of Trustees meeting of the Sussex County Community College was invaded by a group of cultural terrorists. We call them “terrorists” somewhat whimsically, in that (1) they use threats of various kinds to get their way, and (2) they have no sense of humor. They are the stick-up-the-arse crowd. And before you enquire why we use “arse” instead of the familiar English term, we feel arse is the more appropriate, owing to its rusticated and unwashed nature.
So the Board of Trustees meeting of the Sussex County Community College was invaded by a troop of unwashed arses – the stick-up… well, you get the picture.
The sad thing is… a couple of the Trustees themselves elected to join the troop and agree to go unwashed as well. What these people are doing as Trustees on a Board of higher learning is beyond us. It is not the place of colleges to ban forms of expression – in this case, satire – but to study and understand. What would these idiots make of Jonathan Swift? Would they ban him too, as a cannibal out to eat up all the children of Ireland?
For some people, washed and unwashed, that stick is thrust so firmly up… that nothing can pry it out. You simply have to start over. So best be off with them.
Oh… and in an act directly paralleling the Charlie Hebdo case, newspapers were too afraid to print the “offensive” image for fear of an unwashed fatwa.
Instead, they simply described the “offensive” image, in the prescribed manner, in the language issued to them, as “racist, sexist, xenophobic, Islamophobic…
… arachnophobic, ailurophobic, atelophobic, batrachophobic, chiroptophobic, coulrophobic, demonophobic, emetophobic, globophobic, herpetophobic, ichthyophobic, necrophobic, ophidiophobic, panphobic, porphyrophobic, triskaidekaphobic, venustraphobic xanthophobic – and poo-poo-headed”
One rather bloated knucklehead, identified as an official with the Sussex County Democrat Party, actually said these words: “Whether or not he posted it himself, he is the person whose name is at the top of that (private Twitter account) page – it is unconscionable that nothing happens going forward based on those (tweets), and I would hope you can see them as offensive as I see them.”
Wow, Robespierre himself couldn’t have said that any better. And the speaker of those words would indeed make a most perfect Robespierre… if, of course, Robespierre was shaped like a busted bale of hay.
One wonders where this Robespierre was – or, indeed, the entire Democrat Party was, when the institution of the Sussex County Community College was so corrupt that it was allowing Trustees to vote on vendors from which they derived income? Not a word from the Sussex County Democrats… nobody ever bothered to show up to a meeting to fight corruption.
It was a sad moment and a very tragic story for the Sussex County Community College. We remember it… very, very well. No Democrats were around when it counted… but they show up for this?
Now we don’t know if we are taking our lives in our hands, but we’ll show you the “offensive” image. Are you ready?
Behold the “offensive” image that was re-tweeted.
Did the world just end? Should we be worried about death threats for posting that image?
We think it funny for two reasons. (1) It is a grotesque and therefore ridiculous. It achieves as much as it defeats. Like this famous New Yorker cover…
You remember the New Yorker? Yes, that haunt of racists, misogynists, and whatever else the unwashed brigades like to call those they disagree with.
Seems like, just yesterday, we had a sense of humor.
Now apparently, satire – like everything else these days – is a form of “racism”.
And (2) because they are politicians. This so-called “Jihad Squad” is composed of four powerful members of Congress: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib. A couple of them have made some very obnoxious anti-Semitic statements and none of them much like the Jewish state. One member of Congress – Ilhan Abdullahi Omar (D-Minnesota) – actually mocks Jewish people by calling them “Benjamins”. Another, Rashida Harbi Tlaib (D-Michigan), holds rallies under the banners of the PLO – a terrorist group. They have power over us and it is always good for a chuckle when the powerful are brought down to earth.
Here in America, we never needed to be afraid of pissing on politicians. Until now. It is not a “change” for the better or one that we will thank anybody for come the future.
And one final note. If we are going to do this to one citizen member of a public board, let’s make sure we do it to every citizen member of every public board. Where will it end? Who hasn’t offended somebody? Who hasn’t done a thing that someone will think bad?
Robespierre and company spend their days going through your private social media looking for things to offend themselves with. It is like that great scene from Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio when a puritan spies on a woman privately praying, naked, in her own bedroom. The puritan doesn’t see his sin, but rather he sees the woman’s nakedness as the sin. Just wait until these people start using drones…
And now… let’s end with more comedy. And please don’t be offended… but if you are, too bad.