Isugemi saidHis name was Stéphane Charbonnier (nicknamzd Charb).
Charlie Hebdo is the most famous satyrical newspaper here. The cartoonists (quite famous, especially Sharb) liked to make cartoons making fun of absolutely everyone, pointing our world's absurdities, intolerant and ignorant people. They were not especially islamophobic. The extremist islamists were angry that Charlie Hebdo depicted several times the prophet Mahomet (Mohamed in english?) as its strictly forbidden in Islam. the journal had previously received many threats and some attacks, like a criminal fire.
Now all those cartoonists are dead and many people use that as a pretext to attack islam and muslim people, when Charlie Hebdo always criticized those kind of amalgams and ridiculized racist and ignorant people in their cartoons.very ironic...
Were the cartoons racist? Huffington Post published some and they weren't racist. They just made fun of Mohamad.
No I don't think they were racist. Charbonnier once said "i don't wish for less mosques in France. I wish for more psychiatric hospitals". What they were attacking was not religions, but crazy dangerous people who use religion as a pretext to kill innocents.
The major media sources in the US won't reprint them even for the sake of reporting the massacre, so I had expected that they were somehow much worse, but the ones I've seen are pretty innocent and mainstream. Heck, that movie "The Interview" was far more inflammatory.
I think that simply because it was a drawing of Mohammed made it offense enough.
Somehow, I am willing to believe, even if it were a picture of him in the most prophetic, appealing image ever, that would make extremists like these upset.