If you may recall in 2006 the Muslim community world over was in uproar over a few sets of controversial cartoons published in the Danish Newspaper on Prophet Muhammed [PBUH] it resulted in large scale riots in many cities. The journalists from Jyllands Posten remained under a serious threat and the Muslims failed to see the pun in their attempt to ridicule their prophet. The argument even then, freedom of speech does not mean that you irk and irritate a religion under the garb of freedom of expression.
The Idea to make funny cartoons of Prophet Muhammed [PBUH] came from a Seattle Cartoonist Molly Norris who thought of this campaign in reaction to Comedy Central’s decision to censor an episode of South Park with depictions of Prophet Muhammad [PBUH] last week, to say in an interview to a radio show in Seattle that “as a cartoonist, I just felt so much passion about what had happened.. it’s a cartoonist’s job to be non-PC.”
As a snarky response to Muslim bloggers who “warned” Comedy Central about an episode of South Park showing the Prophet Mohammed wearing a bear suit, one Seattle cartoonist, who calls laughter her form of “prayer,” is asking artists all over the world to create depictions of Mohammed on May 20, then submit the images to a Facebook page she set up. Speaking on a Seattle radio show on Friday, cartoonist Molly Norris said she announced her idea as a way of countering the fear exhibited by Comedy Central in censoring episode 201 of South Park.
As a post script they talk about the potential hate speech but try to tip toe around the problem to say its more a teach-them-a-lesson type of group
PS: We are not trying to slander the average muslim , its not a muslim/islam hatepage. We simply want to show the extremists that threaten to harm people because of their Mohammed depictions, that we’re not afraid of them. That they can’t take away our right to freedom of speech by trying to scare us to silence.
It interesting if you hear her Interview, when asked if she would make fun of the Holocaust – she responds “no, there is nothing funny about it” what hypocrisy.
Bloggers and Twitters in Pakistan have been “reporting” this page to facebook for the past 3-4 days and no result has taken place [ProPakistani, Mani Pro, Chowrangi] it is without doubt such hate speech groups are in clear violation of their terms of service specially item 3.7 which states
3.7 You will not post content that: is hateful, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence
I believe this might be a good case study on how tolerant Facebook administration might actually be. On one hand they are quick to delete the facebook page of a civil activist group [Peoples Resistance] which was organizing street protests in Karachi on the mere whim that we might be promoting hatred and violence, while in reality we were peacefully protesting against a military dictatorship, our democratic right – that group was deleted quickly and the administrators were issued warnings, this group continues to reign supreme raking over 34,400 fans since April 25th
Since the popularity and the subsequent outcry by the Muslims has literally gone to a frenzy it seems both Molly and Jon seem to be distancing themselves from the event Molly has made a statement on her website to say
I did NOT ‘declare’ May 20 to be “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day.” I made a cartoon about the television show South Park being censored. The cartoon-poster, with a fake ‘group’ behind it, went viral and was taken seriously. I never started a facebook page; a stranger did and there is nothing I can do about it.
My one-off cartoon of a fictional poster does not work well as a long-term plan. The vitriol this ‘day’ has brought out, of people who only want to draw obscene images, is offensive to the Muslims who did nothing to endanger our right to expression in the first place. Only Viacom and Revolution Muslim are to blame, so write to them instead!
I apologize to people of Muslim faith and ask that this ‘day’ be called off.
Thank you to those who are turning this crazy thing into an opportunity for dialogue, education and solutions.
(I regret going on a local radio show on April 25th; my ego took me there, it was a mistake. I meant for this to remain a fictional CARTOON, an artictic IDEA, never to catch fire as an actual ‘event’.)