Charlie Hebdo Cartoon Likens Italian Earthquake Victims To Pasta

Isabella Ohlmeyer
Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly magazine, is being slammed on social media for publishing cartoons that depict victims of a recent earthquake.

Update:  Amatrice, an Italian town hit by an earthquake earlier this month, may sue Charlie Hebdo for "aggravated defamation" after the satirical magazine published insensitive cartoons of the earthquake's victims, Reuters reports. 

A second cartoon the publishing company released implied that the mafia was to blame for the deadly earthquake.

The cartoonist drew a victim half-buried saying, "Italians, it's not Charlie Hebdo who built your homes, it's the mafia!"  

The town would seek civil damages in the possibly lawsuit. 

Amatrice, a town in Italy, was hit by a deadly earthquake that killed at least 250 people last week, and a French magazine recently released an insensitive cartoon that showcases the quake’s victims.

Charlie Hebdo published their controversial cartoon this week that shows earthquake victims as different kinds of pasta, Reuters reports.

The cartoon is an image of three victims covered in tomato sauce, emulating blood from the earthquake. The victims are each portrayed as a pasta dish—with frowns of their faces—and people are shown trapped in a lasagna dish, seemingly dead.

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The town where the tragedy occurred is known for its amatriciana pasta sauce, which is most likely where the magazine's illustrators drew their inspiration from.

Sergio Pirozzi, Amatrice’s mayor, said, “How the f*** do you draw a cartoon about the dead? I’m sure this unpleasant and embarrassing satire does not reflect French sentiment.”

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Last year, twelve people were shot and killed after Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of Prophet Mohammad, and some social media users even rescinded their “Je Suis Charlie Hebdo” [I am Charlie Hebdo] support.

The magazine ignored the backlash on social media and instead posted another earthquake cartoon on Facebook that reads, “It’s not Charlie Hebdo that builds your homes, it’s the mafia!”

Giorgia Meloni, leader of the right-wing Brothers of Italy party, said, “This isn’t satire, it’s garbage.”

One would think that after the satirical magazine experienced tragedy last year with the murder of some of its journalists that the staff would show some compassion for the deceased, but instead, the publication decided to crudely mock them. 

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