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Take One: “The Interview”

One produces a comedy about the fictional assassination of a North Korean somber leader, and the crazy North Korean regime first responds with a cyber attack on Sony Pictures, then issues terrorist threats against theaters that might play the movie, forcing Sony into canceling plans for its release.

President Obama’s remarks were right on target: “We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States. Because if somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing when they see a documentary that they don’t like or news reports that they don’t like.”

Take Two: “Charlie Hebdo

In Paris, three radical jihadists burst into the offices of a satirical newspaper that had drawn threats for lampooning Islam, and open fire slaughtering twelve people and injuring another four. Among the victims are the top editor, prominent cartoonists, and a Muslim police officer who, unarmed and injured, lying on the ground, begged the assailants for mercy—he was finished on the spot.

“The world has become so serious that humor is now a high-risk profession,” wrote Argentinian cartoonist Bernardo Erlich. “I’ve heard five shots, coming from two different weapons,” stated a witness, an Army vet who lives in the neighborhood. “They seemed to be yelling something about the Prophet—but I think every religion has its idiots.”

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Take Three: “The Terror”

Associated Press, CNN, The Telegraph, and many other media outlets are censoring Charlie Hebdo’s satirical cartoons after the attack –they are shying away from publishing the controversial images of the paper’s satirical cartoons of the Prophet.

 

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