All of us are shocked by the brutal attack on Charlie Hebdo and the continuing violence in Paris. The rallying cry of #jesuischarlie has spread across the Twitter-sphere, but this has generated a backlash. Charlie Hebdo published a great deal of offensive material over the years. People feel outraged over the murders, but do not want condone what they see as a vulgar and offensive publication.
Charlie Hebdo is not a publication that I have ever rated highly, but vulgarity is one of the cornerstones of a free society. If you are interested why I think this is the case please read my reflections on Charlie Hebdo, Mia Khalifa and the sacredness of vulgarity.