The Simpsons joined world-wide solidarity gestures with the French people following the slaughter at the “Charlie Hebdo” offices, with Maggie holding a “Je Suis Charlie” flag. In Pakistan, the response is quite different.
A surprising animated tribute to the terror victims in Paris was made. In the week that passed since the first terror attack in Paris, when 12 journalists from the satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” were murdered, social networks were flooded with posts labeled “Je Suis Charlie” in solidarity with the journalist victims and the French people.
Yesterday, Simpsons viewers were surprised when at the end of a rerun of a first season episode broadcasted on Fox Network, the screen went black and Maggie appeared, with the red, white and blue French flag colors behind her, while waving a flag inscribed with “Je Suis Charlie”.
The creators of the series decided to integrate the tribute at the end of the episode after many illustrators around the globe drew caricatures in commemoration of the victims of the terror attacks in Paris, inscribed with the “Je Suis Charlie” label.
Maggie in a tribute to the French people Photo Credit: YouTube
Not everyone is supportive: Celebrations for the slaughter in Pakistan
Contrary to the widespread solidarity with the terror victims expressed around the globe, several hundreds of protesters in Peshawar, a city in the northeast part of Pakistan, “celebrated” the slaughter and described the Kouachi brothers as heroes and saints who died as part of a struggle for the sanctity of Islam. In Peshawar, insulting the Prophet Mohammad is considered a crime worthy of the death penalty.
Banners portraying photos of the brothers who carried out the slaughter at the French magazine’s offices were held at the protest. “If freedom of speech stops at the mention of the Holocaust, it should also stop at the honor of our Prophet,” Aurangzeb Alhafi, a professor of Islamic Studies at a local university, stated.
The new Prophet Mohammed caricature on the “Charlie Hebdo” cover Reuters / Channel 2 News
And still, on the cover of the latest “Charlie Hebdo” issue, a million copies of which will be distributed tomorrow, another caricature of the Prophet Mohammed will be displayed – with the by now well-known label “Je Suis Charlie”. Newspaper editors around the world have been debating whether it is fitting or not to publish the new caricature. The Guardian decided to publish the caricature with a warning stating that it might be offensive to some of the readers, while other networks decided to ignore it.