Charlie Hebdo sparks row with new cartoon on Aylan Kurdi

The cartoon sparked a debate on social media, with several people calling out Charlie Hebdo on Twitter for the “disgusting” and “racist” cartoon

By: Agencies | Updated: January 15, 2016 11:17 am
The Charlie Hebdo cartoon on Aylan Kurdi that has sparked the new controversy The Charlie Hebdo cartoon on Aylan Kurdi that has sparked the new controversy

A year after the anniversary of the attacks on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the publication stoked controversy again on Thursday as it published a cartoon suggesting that the three-year-old drowned Syrian toddler, Aylan Kurdi, may have grown up to become a “groper in Germany.”

In a clear reference to the reported mass sexual assaults in Cologne, Germany, on New Year’s Eve allegedly by refugees and asylum seekers, the magazine seemed to suggested that if Aylan had survived the journey to Greece, he would have been among the alleged migrants involved in the alleged assaults.

The image was drawn by Laurent Sourisseau, also known as “Riss,” a longtime contributor and its current publishing director. Sourisseau was in the office when the publication’s offices were attacked last January. That attack left 12 people dead; Sourisseau was shot in the shoulder, the Washington Post reported.

The cartoon sparked a debate on social media, with several people calling out Charlie Hebdo on Twitter for the “disgusting” and “racist” cartoon and others pointing out that the cartoon was a critique of the Islamophobia prevalent in Europe.

“The cartoon isn’t an attack on migrants. It’s an attack on our own fickleness,” wrote the Independent newspaper.
Guardian journalist Oliver Burkeman wrote on Twitter: “So – *is* anyone (who has some authority) defending that Charlie Hebdo cartoon as not just massively racist[sic]?”

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    Haradhan Mandal
    Jan 15, 2016 at 11:51 am
    This cartoon will go in the history as the 'sickest' cartoon and the cartoonist as the sickliest. And it only proves that all censorship is not bad and it is warranted. There is something called 'in extremely bad taste'. That little baby is DEAD! This is no way a freedom of expression. It is a lack of sensitivity.
    1. मनीष
      Jan 15, 2016 at 11:11 pm
      Islam is a deadly disease. The followers of ped0phile m0h@mmed in India have opportunity to leave the cult without getting killed. (You cannot do that in an Islamic country --- its a crime punishable by death). Accept other religion or become atheist. It's good for you and good for the Country/World.
      1. मनीष
        Jan 16, 2016 at 9:38 pm
        There are two types of Muslims: The Radicals and the Moderates. The radicals will cut your throat for not believing in ped0phile m0h@mmed. The Moderates would like Radicals cut your throat for not agreeing with them. So which type of Muslims would you support?
        1. R
          Jan 15, 2016 at 6:16 am
          Love Charlie Hebdo. They have so much balls. Even after they were attacked by pedophile worshippers, they still mock Mullahs for pure entertainment.
          1. I
            Jan 15, 2016 at 5:04 pm
            Actually, the cartoon point can better run so que est le pe Aylan? Filez! en allemagne il y la recompense magnifique tripoteur de fesse!
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              Kayaka Sharana
              Jan 15, 2016 at 7:15 pm
              I don't speak or understand French, so I don't know what the message says. But I guess the cartoon is left to everyone's own interpretation. Maybe it also means remember the day when some boy died and sympathetic or show off leaders opened EU borders to anyone and everyone and now we have this incident. Anyways freedom of speech is freedom of speech, if some one don't like it don't see it, they aint forcing you to see it. They can write on any religion or about anything its their point of view.
              1. K
                Jan 17, 2016 at 9:17 pm
                Please dont write offensive comments against muslims as i live in dubai and the Muslim potion has granted all religous freedom to me i have a temple to go and by law no can use offensive language against any religion after all yo forgot the treatment meted out to our hindu pm when he visited UAE .please dont stereotype Muslims we have very close personal and business relationship with people from all faiths.
                1. S
                  Jan 15, 2016 at 12:56 pm
                  You and they are sick. You ignorant fool. How is this having balls? Living in a country where the security is very high now and mocking a dead baby ? How is this mocking Muslims. This is sick and so are you that supports something this sick. And who worshipps a pedophile, go learn something instead of letting your anger guide you. How can anyone take you serious. You only prove that you are not that smart when you support charlie when he does something this sick.
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