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Posted at 9:20 AM ET, 06/ 3/2010

'Draw Muhammad' artist gains a surprising client -- in Pakistan [UPDATED]

By Michael Cavna


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courtesy of Molly Norris

The cartoonist whose artwork sparked last month's global "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day" campaign has a new client, but not one you might expect: A newspaper in Pakistan.

Seattle artist Molly Norris tells Comic Riffs that the Pakistan Express Tribune approached her about creating cartoons for the paper and that she has submitted one about France's face-veil ban.

"i was surprised and delighted that an editor for Pakistan's the Express Tribune asked me to submit a few editorial cartoons," Norris tells 'Riffs. "I haven't heard if they have or will run them but I feel honored.

Talk about full circle. Norris was approached by the Pakistan newspaper even as some Muslims in Pakistan were continuing to criticize the "Draw Muhammad" Facebook campaign -- the campaign that itself was spawned by Norris's recent cartoon meant as a show of support for the censored creators of TV's "South Park." Shortly after her "Draw Muhammad" cartoon went viral, Norris distanced herself from the Facebook campaign and the event, even joining an anti-"Draw Muhammad" Facebook page.

Facebook users in Pakistan can no longer access the primary "Everybody Dream Mohammed Day!" page, according to PCWorld. Facebook said Tuesday it decided to block users in Pakistan "out of respect for local standards and customs."

PCWorld adds that Facebook "adopted a similar approach in India about a week ago when it was approached by Indian authorities in connection with the page, which has annoyed Muslims in many countries."

The Pakistan government recently lifted its block on Facebook.

As for Norris, she mentions her recent cultural outreach efforts and has noted on her blog that "she recently attended Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) annual Seerah conference. MAPS started this conference after the Danish cartoon situation occurred four years ago. ... The people there could not have been more gracious in welcoming me."

Norris tells 'Riffs: "Now that I am getting to know some Muslims in my area and learning about them both as individuals and about their culture, it's true -- I am acquiring a new layer of the world to dream up cartoons through."

By Michael Cavna  | June 3, 2010; 9:20 AM ET
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Comments

RE: Molly Norris: Damned (and threatened) if You Do...if you don't.

Molly Norris was in a curious, Catch-22 situation. Thus:

If she had "stood up to the terrorists," as so many demanded from her, she would have been threatened. And, who would've been there to protect her safety?

On the other hand,

When she apologized to all Muslims for having offended them, suddenly she is a coward. Her original intention was NOT to offend, but to express.

Now, Molly has submitted a cartoon for a Pakistani newspaper commenting on "the veil" vs. "couture" ie. the "veil ban in France."

I believe she is simply implying that religion is sacred, while fashion is not.
So much for haute couture!

Posted by: frontporchtalker | June 8, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

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