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Social media outrage over Charlie Hebdo’s Aylan Kurdi cartoon

Another argument being made is that it takes a dig on the perception of migrants.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: January 15, 2016 7:15:46 pm
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

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s cartoon of the drowned Syrian toddler, Aylan Kurdi, was the subject of a fierce debate on social media. Many believed the magazine has gone “too far” with humor this time and that the cartoon was racist. The cartoon shows Kurdi – the child whose picture, lying facedown on a beach highlighted the refugee crisis – with a message “What would have happened to little Aylan if he grew up?” The answer, “A groper of women in Germany.”

Under the headline “Migrants”, the cartoon shows two men with their tongues out and arms stretched running behind a woman. It clearly draws a reference to the recent incident that happened in Cologne, Germany where mass sexual assaults were reported on New Year’s Eve allegedly by refugees.

But what has outraged many is Aylan Kurdi cartoon’s insert at the top which is widely interpreted as implying that all refugees are or grow up to be gropers.

Though, another argument being made is that it takes a dig on the perception of migrants, to mock the presentation of them in public especially after the Cologne incident.

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