How to martyr a satirist.
I wonder. Pondering so much today....as a cartoonist, I focus more on little stories, but I've been known to dabble in political lampooning. Rob Ford kept me busy for a while there. Not sure if I'd get into overtly disrespectful religious toonings, not sure I'd find them funny enough to risk a violent backlash. Would the funny outweight the amount of offense it would cause? Satire asking to be drawn on the Charlie Hebdo assasinations flit through my mind, but refuse to take actual form; it's too raw. Unlike Charb, I do have children. If he'd had a family to worry about, would he still have exercised his right to freedom of speech so provocatively?
Images are powerful, more potent than words even, and freedom of speech is important, religion is ...well, so many things. I'm seeing more people pointing the finger at Islam as a whole and I feel this is super dangerous. I think this goes beyond religion though, there's an age of hurt, injustices and even pride there, on both sides, on all sides. And once one cartoonist is threatened, they can't stop drawing for it will be perceived as being silenced. And they can't back down, even if they disagree, because freedom of speech. They continue, and it escalates. So then we kind of all have to stand together. But I don't want to feed a fire. I'm torn. Is it possible to go too far with art? Isn't that part of what art is for? Those cartoonists died for the right to be free. They paid with their lives.
I'm kind of flipping out.