Middle East studies in the News
Take It Down [incl. William Beeman]
by Colleen Flaherty
"[T]hey can employ not just metaphor, but caricature, which can be harsh… Humor, mockery, satire. People don't like to be made fun of. They don't like their views to be made fun of, they don't like their religion to be made fun of. And sometimes they perceive a harsh personal insult where one is not intended, or maybe where one is intended."
That's how Steve Sack, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, described the political minefield in which cartoonists work during a Jan. 29 panel on free speech and satire at the University of Minnesota, in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. Sack's words also foreshadowed a later debate over how the panel was advertised, which until now has been kept out of the public sphere.
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