Friday, May 21, 2010

Zapiro Strikes Again In The Name of Free Speech: This Time It Is The Prophet Muhammed

It was a late night in court for the Mail & Guardian as the Council of Muslim Theologians on Thursday evening tried to stop the newspaper from publishing a Zapiro cartoon featuring the Prophet Muhammad.

An interdict was not granted, but on Friday morning M&G editor-in-chief Nic Dawes and other staff were fielding a flood of angry callers, and even death threats hit the newspaper's office.

"You've got to watch your back" and "This will cost him his life" were some of the remarks made.

The cartoon followed the furore surrounding the Facebook page, "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day", which was sparked by threats by a radical Muslim group against the creators of US TV series South Park for depicting the prophet in a bear suit.

But Zapiro's cartoon, published in Friday's M&G, was far gentler in its satire, depicting the prophet reclining on a psychiatrist's couch and bemoaning his followers' lack of humour.

4 Opinion(s):

Birdman said...

Death to all Muslims is what I say. A bunch of false religious fanatics. Rock on Zapiro. Rock on...

Exzanian said...

Draw Mohammed day. I support this 100% - No religion is exempt from criticism or satire. Looking at Zapiro's innocuous cartoon gives you an idea of the mentality we are up against: It's gonna get darker defore it gets lighter....

Viking said...

guess what - the death threats are rolling in.

hmvh said...

Zapiro is no idiot.

Take a very close look at the cartoon. Does Muhammad/Mohammed REALLY appear in it, or could the patient be any random Muslim who talks ABOUT Muhammad/Mohammed?