WARNING: This story contains images that some readers may find disturbing.
‘Je suis Charlie Hebdo’ turned into a worldwide mantra of support for the French satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’ after two men gunned entered the offices and gunned down twelve staff members on January 7th, 2015.
But today, many people are saying ‘Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo’ in reaction to the magazine reportedly publishing two cartoon drawings of little Aylan Kurdi, who drowned in the Mediterranean sea earlier this month.
The cartoons are circulating on social media to mixed reaction, with some people saying it’s not meant to mock the drowned child, while others say the publication has taken freedom of speech too far, calling it tasteless and disrespectful.
Freedom of speech or tasteless sensationalism?
One cartoon depicts 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi lying face down in the tide with a McDonalds sign behind his body, saying “Promo! 2 menus enfant pour le prix d’un” or “Two children’s menus for the price of one.”
Majority of reaction on social media has been negative
A second cartoon titled “La Preuve que l’Europe est Chretienne”, or “The proof Europe is Christian”, depicts Jesus standing over the drowned body of Aylan Kurdi, with the caption “Les Chretiens marchant sur les eaux…les enfants Musulmans coulent”, or “Christians walk on waters…Muslim kids sink.”