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Cartoonist attacked while giving free speech lecture

By Ann Telnaes  |  May 13, 2010; 7:27 PM ET
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Hey folks, it's just a joke.

Why so much angry criticism?

Posted by: juneconwaybeeby | May 19, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

many liberal thinkers in the middle east are clobbered by their states.
oppression of the state is still oppression;;even if the abusers are well dressed western looking thugs, unlike those turbine wearing fanatics.

Posted by: wrock76taolcom | May 17, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Ann, you have quite a combination, a tea partier holding the sign representing the freedom of speech and what looks like a typical liberal beating free speech down, but what does the other sign being used to beat down speech represent? Maybe oppression?

Posted by: carbonhog | May 15, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

bobmoses ... standing up to rednecks who had the same low mind-set as far-right Bush/Cheney/Limbaugh war Criminals took more guts than most of Congress had at the time. Only dittoheads are still stupid enough to believe that the Invasion of Iraq was justified, let alone necessary.

Telnaes routinely ridicules folks and organizations that deserve to be shown up as the hypocrites or crooks that they are.
P.S. Get a life.

Posted by: lufrank1 | May 14, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Ann, apparently you are unwilling to accurately portray the violent man opposed to free speech as a Muslim. If you are too cowardly to give an accurate portrayal, then your cartoon completely misses the point.

Posted by: shewholives | May 14, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

"....when a group of us paraded signs, of "NO IRAQ WAR" before Bush and his neo-cons launched their invasion of Iraq.

Posted by: lufrank1"

Stop your whining. At least you were not all smeared as racists and terrorist by the media. Spare us your whiny hypocrisy.

Posted by: bobmoses | May 14, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Telnaes shows what a coward she is by depicting a white man being angry over the Muhammad cartoons. Lord knows a liberal could never draw a cartoon where the bad guy is not a white man.

Like most liberals, Telnaes shows her "edge" by "bravely" attacking her own country and culture, but is too craven to every criticize another country or culture for fear of offending someone. What a hypocrite. Fire this clown and bring in someone with some guts.

Posted by: bobmoses | May 14, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Free speech is never easy look at the attacks on the TEA Party protesters. We paint them as some form of violent thugs holding free speech hostage at the same time as the left tries to ignore the anarchists on their side the isle that have acted out violently at G20 summits and world bank meetings having robbed businesses, thrown Molotov cocktails, fought police, spray painted national monuments at anti Iraq war protest, block traffic at rush hour and so on.

Posted by: flonzy3 | May 14, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Yep . . . and the same would apply to posters supporting Gay marriage, Pro-choice, AND FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE when a group of us paraded signs, of "NO IRAQ WAR" before Bush and his neo-cons launched their invasion of Iraq.

Posted by: lufrank1 | May 14, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm still trying to figure out when this became a "Freedom of Speech" issue, instead of a "Freedom of Religion" issue.

Islam doesn't condone graphic representation of Muhammad. They are not the only religion to discourage idolatry, just the most strict about it in these increasingly secular times.

And Freedom of Religion isn't just about practicing your own religion, it's about tolerating other religions and their practices, as well. You should respect the fact that this is part of Islamic culture as a whole. And that not all Islamic culture is so extreme - almost a quarter of the world's population is Muslim, and not all of them are parochial and hateful people.

Did Comedy Central handle the whole thing badly? Yeah, they did. But I'm so tired of this argument. The press - and especially the cartoonists - are enjoying this because it's an easy high horse for them in these times when they are criticized for trivializing news into talking points. They are under attack! Except, you know, the press wasn't, it was the artistic community in the way of censoring South Park. Not journalists at all.

But here's the thing: it's not provocative or revolutionary to portray Muhammad in cartoons, it's rude. And with radical Islam REALLY hating it? It's willfully stupid.

What bothers me is that radical Islam makes the rest of the Muslims out there look bad, when all the Muslims I personally know are moderate and are completely embarrassed and frustrated by the negative image these idiots keep perpetuating. They also don't like the representations, but they sure aren't going to issue death threats over it. Because they value life over faith.

While I enjoy Ms. Telnaes' work, perhaps the person holding the Muhammad placard should have been a dead horse - because this whole particular politicized issue has gotten tiresome.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | May 14, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Many of US remember the protests that took place here in America during the 60's. Violence was not the answer then and is still not today. The Kent State shootings should be remembered and never forgotten.

Marten Luther King Jr. had a dream. Has that dream now been realized and the availability to the process used attaining it now being reversed?

Just like during that period of time people are having a difficult time today having their voices heard and the complete truth to be exposed. The media only seems to take notice of those extreme events that become violent. The sad thing is there are now electronic mind control technologies available of which seem to be in widespread usage around the World that can turn a peaceful demonstration into a violent event. The possibility of this occurring absolutely needs to be exposed.

People are wanting to make a statement and not a war. No one needs to be artificially antagonized into violence or manipulated into taking a certain point of view.

Just like I ignore Rush Limbaugh. I would suggest the Muslim World just ignore this Danish cartoonist instead of forcing the World Press to pay more attention to him. Or possibly enlist their own cartoonist to satire or villainize him. He could possibly have a bird excrete doo doo on his head like you would do Ann.

Actually Muhamad should be shown on top of an oil derrick with a sign that says "Come and Get It".

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | May 14, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I'm thankful to brave satirists like Ann Telnaes. Draw, baby, draw!

Posted by: simonspeak | May 14, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Brava Ms. Telnaes!

Now then, who will be next to draw a-Gasp!- cartoon?

Posted by: spamsux1 | May 14, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Too PC too show a muslim commiting the violence, hey Ms Telnaes. The film showed muslim fascists attacking the old cartoon guy in Sweden. You could hear the muslim vermin yelling 'god is great' in their stinking slime language. Same yell as the mass murdering muslim pig major at Ft Hood.
The fact is non muslims do not respond in such a violent way to satire on their religion.

Posted by: jm125 | May 14, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Except the guy hitting the cartoonist looks like the lead character on Mad Men, not a Muslim.

How about making him look like the protesters who attacked the cartoonist in Sweden the other day?

Posted by: drjcarlucci | May 14, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

What we are seeing is a rehash of organizations and or individuals trying to silence those who disagree. This time they are using force or the threat of force as a tool. The roll of the government must be to protect those who being harassed.

Posted by: MyVoice3 | May 14, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Ann---A picture of a Microwave antenna or a Satellite might of been a better choice for your poster!

How much Free Speech do we really have in America today?

There is so much bought & paid for influence in our mainstream media.
Besides if one gets too carried away with talking about sensitive technologies or domestic programs concerning their use one can find themselves being electronically harassed and under false suspicion for just attempting to tell the TRUTH and exposing CORRUPTION.


Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | May 13, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Ann, this is why we are blessed in the USA to have the 2nd Amendment. The Founders of the USA had already been there and done that regarding the freedom of people on this planet and the Founders had been through much, much worse than what is happening today. Do you think it was chance the 1st Amendment was about free speech and the 2nd was the means to protect it?

Posted by: carbonhog | May 13, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

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