Charlie Hebdo, Mia Khalifa and the sacredness of vulgarity

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.

 

I disagree.

 

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.

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Comment by Ayesha Jamal on January 12, 2015 at 1:29pm

It was great reading your article! You've made a great point;even though one can never justify terrorism, media should try to avoid hurting the sentiments of people by abusing their religious figures!

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