Le Lâches de France: Satirical Unic Lashes Out at Hurricane Victims
In the wake of historically destructive Hurricane Harvey that has killed 35 people, displaced thousands, and caused millions of dollars in damage, French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo did not miss the opportunity to grasp at relevancy by stirring the pot.
The latest edition of the French rag features Texans submerged in flood waters, apparently marching to the tune of Sieg Heil Viktoria. The text reads, “God exists! He drowned all the neo-Nazis of Texas."
The scandal sheet last made headlines on September 2, 2016, when it mocked the victims of an earthquake in Italy, sparking widespread criticism.
However, the tabloid peaked in relevancy on January 7, 2015, when Islamists stormed the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo and gunned down 12 employees in retaliation for the magazine’s criticism of Islam.
Once known for its caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, the sheet has since gone noticeably soft on Islam, while taking lowbrow shots at unarmed audiences—reportedly out of fear.
Suffering from apparent Stockholm Syndrome, Charlie Hebdo’s issue subsequent the attack on their headquarters depicted Nadine Morano’s child, a critic of Islam, with Down Syndrome.
On the anniversary of the murder of their colleagues, the rag celebrated not with a caricature of Mohammed, but rather a depiction of a murderous Judeo-Christian God, before a lead cartoonist turned tail and officially announced, “I will no longer draw Muhammed."
Perhaps the magazine should take up a less dangerous corner of the market, Jeannette Bougrab certainly thinks so. The close friend of Stéphane Charbonnier, the magazine’s murdered editor, Bougarb said, “The transplant that works worst is the transplant of balls.”
For the Gatestone Institute, Giulio Meotti writes, “Bougrab charged the attack’s survivors with bowing to terrorism and threats by betraying the legacy of free speech for which these truthful men were murdered.”
The victims of natural disasters are clearly much softer targets for those armed with little pencils.