Monday, April 26, 2010

'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!' grows in reaction to 'South Park'

I think what has been happening is that we are allowing one person or group to be singled out by these, Islamo-radicals, in this case the thumb sucking ones at Revolution Muslim. The idea being to intimidate people into following or respecting Islamic laws, even though these people don't follow it. And besides there is no excuse anyway for this kind of intimidation. As we saw with Salman Rushdie some years ago - this type of coercion will not stop with the picture of Muhammad. And their demands will pile up.

Here is RM stated aim ~ the outcome will be - "Islam will take over the world."

And this is how they plan to to it. But first freedom has to be curtailed ~ as it is in every Muslim country around the world. Our aim should be not to be pushed into a corner by this religious inquisition and it stand up for freedoms.

We need to send a clear message - that if Islam is to be a respected part of the world, than it will have to behave itself. It needs to do more than demand respect ~ it needs to earn it!

Postings on the Islamic website led last week to Comedy Central's editing a "South Park" speech about fear and intimidation. That network censorship, however, has spawned another cartoon event: "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day" -- a campaign that might not be so easily quieted.

The event, scheduled for May 20, is gathering momentum online.

A poster-like cartoon titled "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!" has been posted on sites ranging from Dan Savage to Andrew Sullivan. But here's the rub: This is not at all what the cartoonist intended to occur.

"I made a cartoon that went viral but [this campaign] isn't really my thing," Seattle cartoonist Molly Norris tells Comic Riffs, characterizing her cartoon as merely a personal response to Comedy Central's censorship. "Other folks have taken it over" -- an unintended appropriation she clearly distances herself from.

That "takeover" now includes one Facebook page titled Everybody Draw Mohammed Day. As of Sunday morning (ET), the page had exceeded 2,000 "confirmed guests."

The creator of the page, Jon Wellington, tells Comic Riffs: "I created a Facebook event because that's an easy way to remind myself of upcoming events, and I thought it might serve that purpose for others too."

The Revolution Muslim website was hacked and redirected to this image:

Now Younus Abdullah Mohammed, of Revolution Muslim, has confirmed to us that hackers briefly redirected the group's website to, a site that hosts the image above — a cartoon depiction of the Prophet, originally published by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005.

"But it was pointless," said Mohammed of the brief prank. "Our website is down with the amount of traffic now anyway. If these hackers want to show their support for the filth and trash that is America then that is fine by us. We already know the outcome as Muslims."

That outcome? "Islam will take over the world."

Adds Wellington: "I am not a cartoonist, and I loved [Norris's] creative approach to the whole thing -- whimsical and nonjudgmental." As for the event itself, Wellington calls it "a bit of a phenomenon" -- one, of course, that he himself has helped grow in popularity. (There is also a new "Ban Everybody Draw Muhammad Day" Facebook page in response.)

The text of the cartoon that's circulating says, in part, that an Everybody Draw Muhammad day would "water down the pool of targets" for Islamic terrorists. It also jokes that the day is "sponsored by Citizens Against Citizens Against Humor or CACAH (pronounced ca-ca)."

Some artists aren't waiting till May 20 to generate their own Muhammad images, which range from the straight-forward to the overtly scatalogical. Any depiction of Muhammad is considered blasphemous by some Islamic adherents.

Elsewhere, Gawker quotes Younus Abdullah Mohammed of Revolution Muslim as saying that he felt media coverage of the controversy has been unfair: "It was typical of the mainstream media. It was senseless -- they never cover any of the other crimes against Islam we write about."

The Revolution Muslim representative also tells Gawker that most Americans are "dumbed down, stupid and pathetic. They're worried more about missing their favourite TV show than they are about the world."

Regarding "South Park," specifically, the TV show created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, depicted Muhammad nearly a decade ago, sparking relatively little uproar. In the wake of the Danish "Muhammad cartoon" controversy that has simmered for five years, however, the show's depictions of Muhammad this month (the religious leader appears in a bear suit) have received far more attention -- particularly since Comedy Central last week bleeped a 35-second speech about intimidation and fear.

Norris's original cartoon is "dedicated" to Stone and Parker. She has called laughter a form of prayer.

As for the larger campaign, Norris -- whose work has included her "Everyone's a Critic" feature for Seattle's City Arts magazine -- says simply: "I just want to go back to my quiet life."

Washington Post


mohammad said...

hello and thank you.

Robert David Graham said...

Oh, cool, I hadn't realized she had created a second cartoon on the issue. It's interesting that she appears to feel guilty she backed down.

In any case, here is my cartoon for Everybody Draw Mohammed Day