Wednesday, February 22, 2006

cartoon carnage

I'm a torn little fella; it takes me ages to make decisions and to decide on how i stand on, you know, stuff.

The whole Danish Muhammad cartoon is terribly upsetting. Firstly, I'm rally not one who believes antagonizing people or causing people pain is every really necessary - i don't see the point of upsetting people just for the sake of it. For the most part, anyway, i think people who make decisions on behalf of others should be held up for scrutiny, satire and abuse.
However, politeness and respect for others, in no way can ever take precedence over freedom of speech. That's a given. People should have the right to say whatever they want, as long as they accept the consequences.
I'm not really sure what the point of the original cartoons were and it would probably allow for a better understanding of the rationale if some reasoning was given. But in the end the reaction was a bit disproportionate - but kind of understandable. Fuck with a group long enough and they will fight back.

4 comments:

The Cactus Kid said...

This is like the infamous "clinton, lewinski cigar" incident, where I'd hear about it in the news and people would make jokes about, but I never actually heard about the thing when it happened.
Even people that say "did you hear about that cartoon?Man, that shit was bad.." can't actually tell me what it was.
I spose I could probly find out about it on the net..But last time I typed "Cigar Clinton"..I ended up looking at porn and forgot all about what it was was lookin for.

-Cactus

douglasbot said...

You pretty much nailed it. Fuck with people long enough...they will fuck back.
What doesn't seem to be mentioned by ANY of the mainstream coverage of this is that the cartoons while relatively innocuous (apart from the one of Mohhamed with the bomb for a turban) were printed in Denmark...by a right wing newspaper. And for about a year prior to this the paper had been regularly filled with typical anti islamic and racist sentiment. (The same paper refused a few months earlier to print similarly disparaging cartoons depicting christian faith.)

So while the reaction is ridiculously extreme...The Danish paper shouldn't be innocent in this. They have a right to print whatever they like...but you print something you know is going to upset people well...don't act holier than thou when they get upset.

We also seem to have forgotten the muslim riots that enveloped France recently. So I think Europe has a LOT of simmering immigrant anger and division that we don't really pay attention to here or know much about.

So when something like this happens it seems even more an extreme situation.

What am i trying to say? Basically it's not just cartoons. It's a pressure cooker thats been ready to blow looking for an excuse. France was the firt clue...

Does that make the reaction right? No. But the cartoons aren't the problem. They're a symptom of the problem.

The Frase said...

I'm not 100% confident but the France riots weren't by Muslims. They were originally by African immigrants who were suffering unemployment, police harrassment and displacement from the greater French society.
Those damn Frenchies!!!!

douglasbot said...

Yep you're right. Muslim immigrants from Northern Africa.