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Sunday, April 12, 2015 

Doonesbury's creator turns to victim-blaming

Garry Trudeau, veteran cartoonist of Doonesbury, blames the late contributors of Charlie Hebdo for the horror they went through:
Less than four months after Islamic fanatics stormed the Paris offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and butchered 12, while accepting the George Polk career award Friday, left-wing cartoonist Garry Trudeau blasted the dead with the claim that they had “wandered into the realm of hate speech.” He also added that “free speech… becomes its own kind of fanaticism.”

Without irony, after punching 12 of his dead colleagues, the creator of “Doonesbury” said that a cartoonist’s job is to “punch up” not down.

What Trudeau fails or chooses not to understand is that rebellion is not hate speech. Charlie Hebdo was not gratuitously mocking Mohammed or Jesus Christ or the Pope. For the cause of free speech, Charlie Hebdo was pushing back against what it rightly saw as creeping fascism, especially Islamic fascism, in the most blatant and in-your-face way possible.
Trudeau has really scraped the barrel's bottom this time. I used to read Doonesbury years ago, but largely lost interest around 1995, and after learning what a screwball Trudeau's become, it's harder and harder to get interested in his long-running strip again. He must wear an ear-covering helmet more impenetrable than B.D's football helmet. Making matters worse, one of the New York Times' leading staffers is defending Trudeau's journey off the deep end. His own comic strip's long lost any relevance thanks to his plummet. I think it's about time he retire it for good. It probably didn't even have much cultural value in the first place.

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Steve Sailer has a real good take on this:

"We hear an awful lot these days about punching up and punching down, but we sure don’t hear many respectable in-depth explorations of just who is up and who is down and why. It would seem like a topic ripe for satire, but apparently it crosses one of those red lines of unfunniness. You’re not supposed to think, much less laugh, about who is privileged and who is punchable, you’re just supposed to know. Who you can punch and who you can’t is one of those things that go without saying."

http://www.vdare.com/posts/winners-of-the-war-of-the-sixties-call-for-a-cease-fire-in-place-part-78-garry-trudeau

Better reading than anything Trudeau ever put out.

I suppose if you do too much of one thing without doing anything else, in this case writing one newspaper comic, you'd start to go off the deep end.

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