Charlie Hebdo’s Alan Kurdi Cartoon goes Controversial
Charlie Hebdo, the french cartoon magazine infamous for racist satirical tone,is once again into controversy by publishing a cartoon on Aylan Kurdi which attempts to satirises the refugee crisis and the recent sexual assualt case in Germany.
The cartoon portrays animal like creatures chasing after a young women with an inset image of Alan Kurdi lying dead on the beach. The accompanying caption translated from French to English reads so
““What would little Aylan have grown up to be? ……..An ass groper in Germany.”
The cartoon was an attempt at mocking the recent news of sexual abuse in Cologne, Germany on New Year’s eve where most of the assualtants were refugees, including syrians.
The blatantly racist cartoon is widely criticised in the social media. Many calls the cartoon as disgusting and tasteless> The cartoon is another example for the french magazine’s racist policy.
#Charlie Hebdo simply the thinking man’s Donald Trump – the powerful drumming up hatred against the most powerless in our society.
— Nick Dearden (@nickdearden75) January 14, 2016
— Mags (@Mavenue13) January 14, 2016Aunt of Alan Kurdi called the cartoon “disgusting” and adviced simply to ignore the cartoon. While talking to a reporter in CBC NEWS she says “I hope people respect our family’s pain. It’s a big loss to us. We’re not the same anymore after this tragedy. We’re trying to forget a little bit and move on with our life. But to hurt us again, it’s not fair,” .
The cartoon was drawn by Laurent Sourisseau aka ‘Riss’, current publishing director of the magazine.
This isn’t the first time that Charlie Hebdo used the image of Alan Kurdi for satire. In September, the magazine used the image of the toddler to mock Europe’s sudden sympathy for refugees. Last year, the magazine also shows the picture of Alan near a bill board resembling of McDonalds which reads ” two children’s menu for the price of one”.
Another cartoon with a caption says “proof that Europe is christian. Christians walk on water……muslim kids sink”