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April 27, 2010

Creators of ‘Everybody Draw Muhammad Day’ drop out

Mocking the religion of peace is not for the faint of heart, it seems.

The outcry from Comedy Central’s decision to censor an episode of South Park with depictions of Muhammad last week led a cartoonist and a Facebook user to fight back. That is until they realized it might be controversial, apparently.

On Friday, Norris told a radio talk show host in Seattle that she came up with the idea because “as a cartoonist, I just felt so much passion about what had happened…” noting that “it’s a cartoonist’s job to be non-PC.”

That passion, it appears, has lessened. And fast.

Her stark website today reads: “”I am NOT involved in “Everybody Draw Mohammd [sic] Day!”

“I made a cartoon that went viral and I am not going with it. Many other folks have used my cartoon to start sites, etc.  Please go to them as I am a private person who draws stuff,” she writes.  It went viral, however, because she was the one who passed it around. Sending it to people like Dan Savage, a popular Seattle-based blogger and nationally syndicated sex advice columnist.

Once it became a national story she reeled back, asking Savage — in an email he provided to The Ticket — if he would “be kind enough to switch out my poster” with another one — a much tamer version which has no images attributed to Muhammad.

“I am sort of freaked out about my name/image being all over the place,” her e-mail reads.  When asked about her change of heart, Norris told The Ticket that she didn’t intend for the cartoon “to go viral.”  Then why did she send the cartoon to the media in the first place?  “Because I’m an idiot,” Norris replied.

She doesn’t appear to be alone.  The creator of a Facebook page dedicated to the day has bowed out as well.  Jon Wellington told the Washington Post (before abandoning ship) that he created the page because he “loved [Norris’s] creative approach to the whole thing — whimsical and nonjudgmental.”

While he was still associated with his own event he said: “To me, this is all about freedom of expression and tolerance of other viewpoints, so I hope you’ll help make this a sandbox that anyone can play in, if they want. I don’t think it’d be right under the circumstances for me (or anyone) to censor inflammatory posts *ahem*, but let’s be welcoming and inclusive, mmkay?”

Apparently the posts weren’t “welcoming” enough, as on Sunday morning he announced his departure from the cause. “I am aghast that so many people are posting deeply offensive pictures of the Prophet,” he writes. “Y’all go ahead if that’s your bag, but count me out.”

[…]

The West trembles in fear of Islam.

I’m not going to judge them for backing out.  Mocking Islam without the benefit of bodyguards takes real cojones.  It’s deadly serious business.  I myself would not do it if I thought it would put people close to me in danger.  So who can blame these bozos. Mocking Islam isn’t like going after unresponsive targets like Christianity and the “American Taliban” who Rosie O’Donnell and Joy Behar say are just as bad as Islamic fundies.  Nope, mocking the Christianists is not “edgy” at all, and requires no courage whatsoever.  In fact, it has now been exposed for the utter cowardice it really is.

6 Comments »

  1. I think cchq needs to step it up; we need our own ‘Muhammad’ drawing … El Mickey-Che seems too safe and dated.

    Perhaps a ‘Freddy Kurger’ Muhammad? or a Muhammad riding an A-bomb a la Slim Pickens in Dr. Strangelove. Something!

    Comment by paleocon — April 28, 2010 @ 11:13

  2. I’m skeered!!!

    Comment by Jesusland — April 28, 2010 @ 12:13

  3. sir, i want to tell a non muslims that if you have no respect for other relegions then there was useless that u went to school and colleges,so respect and get respect.
    Thank you

    Comment by khurram — May 17, 2010 @ 06:14

  4. khurram,

    people would respect Islam a whole heck of a lot more if Islam were compatible with fundamental Western values, such as FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Alas, it is not, so what’s to respect?

    Comment by Jesusland — May 17, 2010 @ 09:22

  5. ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE, TOLERANCE AND FORGIVENESS. MUSLIMS COULD EASILY FIGHT BACK BY ANNOUNCING THAT WE WILL HAVE A CARTOON CONTEST ABOUT JESUS OR MOSES, BUT WE WOULD NOT DO THIS BECAUSE:

    * ISLAM RECOGNIZES AND RESPECTS ALL THE PROPHETS OF GOD.
    * WE BELIEVE THAT ALL OF THEM BROUGHT THE MESSAGE OF GOD AND WERE PIOUS MEN CHOSEN BY GOD.
    * FINALLY WE BELIEVE THAT IT IS A SIN TO HURT OTHERS FEELINGS.

    I WOULD NOT STOOP TO THREATEN MR.Jon Wellington AND MS.MOLLY. I WOULD SIMPLY ASK THEM A FEW QUESTIONS:

    -WOULD THESE MODERN, ENLIGHTENED AND PROGRESSIVE MINDS AND SOULS LIKE TO MAKE FUN OF THAT VERY MESSENGER OF GOD WHO TAUGHT US THESE VALUABLE LESSONS ABOUT CO-EXISTENCE?
    -WAS IT A DIGNIFIED ACT TO HURT THE FEELINGS OF BILLIONS OF PEOPLE? -WAS ALL THIS WORTH IT?

    MAY GOD LEAD YOU TO THE RIGHT PATH.

    Comment by Hina — May 19, 2010 @ 07:16

  6. Hina,

    your outrage is entirely legitimate. Christians don’t like their religion mocked either. But we don’t respond with violence, not because we are pacifists, but because we believe in free speech.

    That is not the response people are getting from Islam.

    I myself would not gratuitously mock Mohammed just to piss you off. My thoughts on Mohammed I generally keep to myself. But I think these cartoons are very helpful in exposing just how ALIEN Western democratic values are to Islam. Islam and the West are not compatible.

    Comment by Jesusland — May 19, 2010 @ 08:22


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