Monday, April 26, 2010
First Annual Everybody Draw Mohammed Day: Oops! Never Mind.
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Molly Norris, the cartoonist who created the fictional ’poster’ entitled “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!” has backed off. Her statement below from her website is self-explanatory.
I make cartoons about current, cultural events. I made a cartoon of a fictional ’poster’ entitled “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!” with a nonexistent group’s name — Citizens Against Citizens Against Humor — drawn on the cartoon. It was in specific response to the recent censoring of a South Park episode, a desire to bring home the importance of the first amendment. I did not intend for my cartoon to go viral. I did not intend to be the focus of any ’group’. This particular cartoon has struck a gigantic nerve, something I was totally unprepared for.
Personally I can feel afraid of Muslims because I really have no idea if in their hearts they hate non-Muslims. There are so many interpretations of the religion that I hear told — sometimes it is a very extreme translation (that’s the scary part, the radicals that believe that Westerners should die), then at other times it sounds more peaceful.
I hope for the sake of this country that moderate Muslims will speak out with everyone else against any violent members of that or any other religion. That way I would know that there is a difference. Maybe this cartoon I made, this fictional poster of “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!” had such a wildfire effect because it is finally time for Muslims and non-Muslims to understand one another more.
I am going back to the drawing table now!
An article on the Blog of the Seattle News goes into further detail:
Cartoonist overwhelmed by response to "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" - Seattle News - MyNorthwest.com
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Our earlier post on this topic is here.
It's not known whether Michael C. Moynihan at Reason.Com is planning to continue with the contest mentioned in the above referenced post, but he does not sound like the kind of guy who would fit Winston Churchill's definition of an Appeaser: "one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."