There was a brief respite today in the online campaign to have a satirical comedy show based on the famine banned before a single frame has even seen the light of day after armed extremists stormed the headquarters of a French satirical publication resulting in the deaths of at least twelve people.
It is believed the attack was carried out by Islamic fundamentalists in retaliation for a series of lines, shapes, and colours drawn on a page next to some words.
It is believed the perpetrators felt that the particular arrangement of lines, shapes, and colours resembled subject matter considered to be off-limits as a source of comedy.
“This attack only serves to highlight how important free speech is in a civilised society,” said Oisín Ofendáil, Head of Online Petitions at advocacy group, Outrage International, “so much so that we have decided to take a short break from our own campaign to have a satire based on a sensitive issue banned in order to support free speech in France. Who knows, we might even set up another online petition.”
Some people have accused the group of hypocrisy given that they themselves are attempting to prohibit satire that they subjectively deem to be offensive and off-limits, but Ofendáil points out that “there is a big difference between the right kind of free speech and the wrong kind of free speech. And besides, it’s not like we’re killing anyone, we’re simply trying to prevent a program from being made by putting pressure on the producers.”
In other news, Twitter users across Ireland are currently debating whether or not it would be appropriate to use satire to make a political point about Irish blasphemy laws so soon after the murder of so many satirists in France.