Jeff Danziger mocks the French Army following a tragic incident in Carcassonne. 17 people were wounded, some severely, including children who were shot through the heart and lungs. By resorting to the usual Anti-French stereotypes, most notably military bungling or cowardice, has Danziger crossed the line or is this acceptable satire?
Remember those cartoons of the Virginia Tech Shootings? What about the editorials cartoons following the Baton Rouge Shootings in February 2008, or the shooting at Green Junior High School on February 12 2008, or the October 10 shooting at Cleveland High School or…
Fact is, none of the above is laughable material never has been and never will. There were cartoons published following some of these events, but they are mostly sombre and though-provoking.
But what if this kind of incident involved the French? Like in Carcassonne, where seventeen people including five children were shot and wounded when a sergeant shot bullets instead of blanks at spectators during a mock hostage rescue operation. The youngest victim is three years old, and was shot in the heart, he is recovering following an operation. One of the two boys present was shot in the lung. One man is still in intensive care. The shooter has been suspended and is now facing charges. Real yuk-yuk material isn’t it?
Well, that’s what Jeff Danziger thinks of this shooting. Two French Soldiers are caricatured, speaking to each other in faux-french with amazement after having shot real bullets “[Expletive] we have been using the real ammunition”. The punch line? “It is so confusing, in war we use blanks”. The cartoon has been published on the New York Times website. How disappointing.
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