A Muslim leader in the U.K. was today saying that if Charlie Hebdo was to continue, it should make fun of everyone the same, as it claims.
How Satirical Media Works
While I agree to a certain extent, it is not practical to expect a true balance between all religions and political systems.
Having grown up on Spitting Image in 1980s Britain I remember that the Conservative government in power received most of the satirical attention, and their leader Margaret Thatcher the most.
Regarding foreign personalities, the Americans and Russians were the most represented, because it was the Cold War, and they were the most newsworthy.
Satirists, comedians and cartoons also lampooned President George Bush Jr the most in the first decade of the twenty-first century, along with Osama Bin Laden, because the Cold War had morphed into the war between Islamism and the West.
Charlie Hebdo Must Be Newsworthy
Charlie Hebdo was a market circulation magazine, and so had to try and sell copies to survive. Therefore, it had to make its satire reflect the news and interest in French society.
If Islam and its attempts to change French society is the most newsworthy topic, and of most interest to French people and its other readers, then it needs to reflect that in its coverage.
There is no point in Charlie Hebdo putting in as much Hinduism and Buddhism as Islamic and Judaic coverage, if the former are not a big topic of conversation in France and Europe.
Likewise, if the U.S.A. is not threatening France like Islam is, then it is not going to be as interesting.
Islam Needs to Prove Critics Wrong to Escape Satire
If American culture, such as cinema and fast food, was trying to take over France, then I guess they’d deserve more coverage.
The U.S.A. did what many leftie liberals, in the U.K. anyway, thought they’d never do, and elected a black president, so Charlie Hebdo probably think they do not deserve their satirical coverage.
If Islam similarly reforms, becoming more democratic and liberal, and less threatening and violent, proving its critics wrong, then it will also be less attractive for satirists.
We don’t feel the need or desire to publish the Islamic prophet, and instead bring you an image of the greenYgreyest Charlie Hebdo cover we could find, to show that we can laugh at ourselves, and provide a lesson in self-satire.
As we’re not a circulation magazine, we don’t care if you like it, appreciate the humour, or want to learn any lessons from it.
In line with the French existentialist philosophical tradition, we think:
it is just, it just is.