The latest edition of Charlie Hebdo has sparked a bit of an outrage after it featured a cartoon suggesting drowned three-year-old Aylan Kurdi would have grown up to become a sexual abuser like those immigrants allegedly involved in the NYE sex assaults in Cologne.
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Hebdo – 'What would little Aylan have grown up to be? Ass groper in Germany'. Don't be apalled you just don't get it pic.twitter.com/LIYJEYjydy
— Nesrine Malik (@NesrineMalik) January 13, 2016
The question at the top of the drawing is “What would little Aylan have grown up to be?”, and the answer at the bottom is “Ass groper in Germany”.
The suggestion is that refugees grow up to be gropers, though opinion is split on whether this is merely a satire on media perceptions of refugees.
— Gerry Moloney (@gerrymoloney) January 14, 2016
Those Charlie Hebdo cartoonists really do come across as insufferable pricks. I don't understand their motivation.
— Berk on a Bike (@Berk_On_A_Bike) January 14, 2016
— Ramona Aning (@RamonaAning) January 14, 2016
Charlie Hebdo reminding us it's fine to be racist if you claim it's satire and scream freedom of speech.
— Chris Taylor (@the_itch1980) January 13, 2016
@NesrineMalik Or it could be satirizing sweeping stereotypes about migrants, i.e. not racist at all. Just saying. It's a possibility.
— Christopher Thompson (@CGAThompson) January 13, 2016
The magazine insists it is indeed satirising Islamophobes and people who oppose migration, but at the same time you have to wonder if this is just controversy for controversy’s sake.
The cartoon was published a week after the anniversary of the attacks on Charlie Hebdo officers, with free speech organisations coming together to highlight the importance of protecting dissenting voices.
For a real, sincere tribute to young Aylan, check out these creations made the week following his death.