Apologetic 'Draw Muhammad' cartoonist urges 'Draw Al Gore' instead [VIDEO]
NOTE: This updated post was originally published at 1 a.m. April 30.
Molly Norris, the Seattle artist who drew and circulated an "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!" cartoon to support "South Park's" censored creators, not only has distanced herself from the viral campaign her work spawned. Now she also playfully prefers a different campaign:
"Everybody Draw Al Gore Day."
In a new video posted on her website, Norris -- who draws for Seattle's City Arts magazine -- addresses the sensation that arose around her cartoon last week, and conveys her surprise at what a large national nerve her cartoon struck. (As she told Comic Riffs last week: "I made a cartoon that went viral but [this campaign] isn't really my thing.")
Norris makes a point to apologize to "everyone of the Muslim faith who has or will be offended" by her cartoon and supports calling off "Everyone Draw Mohammed Day," which was set for May 20. She also urges America's Muslims and non-Muslims to come together -- to meet "halfway."
In a lighter turn, Norris reaches out to the "South Park" creators she supported, saying: "I could use a little support from you guys." Norris had dedicated the "Mohammed" cartoon to show creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, who say Comedy Central edited their work and censored attempts to depict Muhammad.
And perhaps a bit impishly, Norris points out that the site IHatetheMedia.com reworked her cartoon to propose "Everybody Draw Al Gore Day!"
"Instead of drawing Muhammad," Norris says, "draw Al Gore on May 20, because that'll be a lot more fun anyway."
Update: Norris has now also added text to her site that reads:
"Let's call off 'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day'
by changing it to 'Everybody Draw Al Gore Day' instead.
Enough Mohammed drawings have already been made to get the point across.
At this juncture, such drawings are only hurtful to more liberal and moderate
Muslims who have not done anything to endanger our first amendment rights
Do something positive with that energy, like...Draw Al Gore!"
Speaking to the intense experience of seeing one's cartoon go viral in a particularly incendiary and polarizing way, Norris has also posted a new cartoon titled "Diet of Fear," that reads: "All you have to do is tick off a few million Muslims and you'll be too afraid to eat!"
| April 30, 2010; 8:38 AM ET
Categories: The Political Cartoon | Tags: Al Gore, Comedy Central, Matt Stone, Molly Norris, South Park, Trey Parker
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