Like many of us, I was anxious to see the first cover design by the surviving artists at Charlie Hebdo. Here it is…
“All is Forgiven” is the main message! And a sobbing Muslim holds a sign saying “I am Charlie”.
First of all, the cowardly slaughter of journalists and artists for expressing their point of view is NOT FORGIVEABLE. To offer forgiveness to the these monsters is an insult to the victims of this slaughter and to each person who values freedom of expression. For this was, first and foremost an attack on our freedom of expression; the artists and writers were the sacrificial lambs.
Incidentally, I don’t understand the artwork: Is the unidentified Muslim man Muhammad? Or is he a terrorist? Or perhaps an everyday Muslim? It’s anybody’s guess.
All I do know, is that if this offering of forgiveness is the sentiment of the staff at Charlie Hebdo, they are colleagues with whom I would not want to work.
So, I just had to create another cover design that would point out the bad guys—the terrorists—and offer NO forgiveness. Since free speech is what offends these lunatics, free speech had to be the weapon we’d use in retaliation.
So here’s my humble attempt. I did two versions, English and French:
I’d love to hear from you out there in internet land!