Monday, April 26, 2010
Seattle Cartoonist Announces "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day"
After Comedy Central censored part of a recent South Park episode due to threats from a radical Islamic group, Seattle cartoonist Molly Norris wanted to fight back and show her support of SP creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. So she created "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day."
Referred to on its Facebook page as "The day when the real Mohammed will be revealed," the event will be held on May 20th. Artists will be invited to post their own interpretations of the Prophet Mohammed (Muhammad).
While some see "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" as a event supporting free speech, others feel that by purposely offending Muslims it is more a case of two wrongs not making a right. While the Qur'an does not explicitly forbid images of Muhammad, there are a few traditions stemming from it that do.
Last week the radical Muslim site Revolutionmuslim.com made several veiled threats to Comedy Central and South Park's creators in response to a recent cartoon where Muhammad was (theoretically) depicted in a bear suit. The young man who posted the threats, Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee, was originally Zachary Adam Chesser of Fairfax County, Virginia. But that's a story for another post.