If I’m reluctant to say ‘Je suis Charlie’, it’s precisely because of the double standards.
(not satire – it’s the UK today!)
Oh the ignorance – and hypocrisy – is painful.
On the very same day satirists in France are killed in cold blood for exercising their right to free speech – including the right to use images which are offensive to many – self-righteous people over here, without any apparent irony, are spluttering in outrage at the use of images in satire which they themselves find offensive.
Because in the hypocritical UK, we seem to only support satire when it’s offending other people, but not when we ourselves are offended:
Truly supporting satire means supporting it even when we ourselves – or others we care about – find it offensive.
Not least because the best satire tends to be offensive.
Way back in 1729, Jonathan Swift wrote his brilliant satirical essay “A Modest Proposal” in which he proposed solving a famine in Ireland by persuading the poor…
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