Is This The Worst Charlie Hebdo Cartoon Yet?

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Jessica Renae Buxbaum
Charlie Hebdo has stirred new controversy with a cartoon portraying Aylan Kurdi all grown up and sexually assaulting women on the streets of Germany.

Charlie Hebdo cover

Charlie Hebdo has finally gone too far. The French satirical magazine has stirred new controversy with a cartoon portraying the drowned Syrian child Aylan Kurdi all grown up and sexually assaulting women on the streets of Germany.

“What would little Aylan have grown up to be? An a** groper in Germany,” the caption reads.

In the cartoon’s background, Kurdi’s lifeless body lies on a beach — an image that rallied support across the world to tackle the refugee crisis. This picture is insensitively contrasted with adult Kurdi chasing and harassing women.

Anti-refugee protesters in Germany wave anti-Muslim flag

The satirical perspective did not sit well with social media who immediately fired back at the newspaper for its disturbing lack of disrespect.

The indecent joke is an obvious nod to the recent reported rapes of hundreds of women in Cologne, Germany on New Year’s Eve. The sexual assaults were allegedly committed by men of Arab or North African appearance.

The attacks have struck a hard blow of criticism against Germany’s open-door immigration policy and sparked protest and violence against migrants.

While the attacks are deplorable and every perpetrator deserves their punishment, the sexual assaults do not warrant anti-refugee sentiments among civilians or in the media. Unfortunately, every refugee is a unique individual — some will welcome Germany’s gratitude with open arms and others might be ungrateful racists, rapists, or gang members. Good and bad people exist in every society, and groups of refugees are not exempt from this dynamic. While stronger analysis on immigration policies is justified, the hate-fueled rhetoric is not. 

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Banner image credit: Charlie Hebdo

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