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April 27, 2010

Creators of 'Everybody Draw Muhammad Day' Drop Gag After Everybody Gets Angry

Creators of 'Everybody Draw Muhammad Day' drop gag after everybody gets angry

LA Times

"Everybody Draw Muhammad Day?"

As South Park's Sheila Broflovski would say: "What, What, WHAT?"

The outcry from Comedy Central's decision to censor an episode of South Park with depictions of Muhammad last week led a cartoonist and a Facebook user to fight back. That is until they realized it might be controversial, apparently.

In declaring May 20th to be "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day," Seattle artist Molly Norris created a poster-like cartoon showing many objects -- from a cup of coffee to a box of pasta to a tomato -- all claiming to be the likeness of Muhammad.

Such depictions are radioactive as many Muslims believe that Islamic teachings forbid showing images of Muhammad.

"I am Mohammed and I taste good," says the pasta box in the cartoon. On top of the cartoon images (but no longer on her website) was an announcement explaining the rationale behind the event.
"In light of the recent veiled (ha!) threats aimed at the creators of the....

...television show South Park (for depicting Mohammed in a bear suit) by bloggers on Revolution Muslim's website, we hereby deemed May 20, 2010 as the first annual "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day," the original artwork reads.

On Friday, Norris told a radio talk show host in Seattle that she came up with the idea because "as a cartoonist, I just felt so much passion about what had happened..." noting that "it's a cartoonist's job to be non-PC."

That passion, it appears, has lessened. And fast.

Her stark website today reads: ""I am NOT involved in "Everybody Draw Mohammd [sic] Day!"
"I made a cartoon that went viral and I am not going with it. Many other folks have used my cartoon to start sites, etc. Please go to them as I am a private person who draws stuff," she writes.

It went viral, however, because she was the one who passed it around. Sending it to people like Dan Savage, a popular Seattle-based blogger and nationally syndicated sex advice columnist.

Once it became a national story she reeled back, asking Savage -- in an email he provided to The Ticket -- if he would "be kind enough to switch out my poster" with another one -- a much tamer version which has no images attributed to Muhammad.

"I am sort of freaked out about my name/image being all over the place," her e-mail reads.

He didn't change it, nor did he post the tamer version. Besides, after Savage posted it, many other sites picked it up including The Atlantic and Reason.

When asked about her change of heart, Norris told The Ticket that she didn't intend for the cartoon "to go viral."

Then why did she send the cartoon to the media in the first place? "Because I'm an idiot," Norris replied.
"This particular cartoon of a 'poster' seems to have struck a gigantic nerve, something I was totally unprepared for," she said.
She doesn't appear to be alone. The creator of a Facebook page dedicated to the day has bowed out as well. Jon Wellington told the Washington Post (before abandoning ship) that he created the page because he "loved [Norris's] creative approach to the whole thing -- whimsical and nonjudgmental."

While he was still associated with his own event he said: "To me, this is all about freedom of expression and tolerance of other viewpoints, so I hope you'll help make this a sandbox that anyone can play in, if they want. I don't think it'd be right under the circumstances for me (or anyone) to censor inflammatory posts *ahem*, but let's be welcoming and inclusive, mmkay?"

Apparently the posts weren't "welcoming" enough, as on Sunday morning he announced his departure from the cause. "I am aghast that so many people are posting deeply offensive pictures of the Prophet," he writes. "Y'all go ahead if that's your bag, but count me out."

Did he think people were going to post flattering images?

That's what Facebook user Douglas Armstrong wondered too. "You created an event inviting people to submit pictures of Mohammed," Armstrong wrote. "And apparently you're so new to the Internet that you didn't foresee what would happen?"
Although Wellington had abandoned his cause, he apparently was sticking around to answer questions. To Armstrong's question, Wellington responded: "I guess I had more faith in human nature than was warranted."
Another user, Paul St. George, had little patience for Wellington. "If you're not going to attend your own event then take it down dumbass and quit boring us."


from Jihad Watch

Now Norris has backed off from that position. She no longer has the illustration on her website and she claims responses to the idea were overwhelming. Instead she has a drawing of herself, with various word balloons containing her feelings about the incident, including "I said that I wanted to counter fear and then I got afraid."


Wild Thing's comment.........

In Norris' case, what she's done is admit that she's pulled the plug out of fear. It also says what we already know about Muslims. They don't just disagree, they make physicla threats. Norris in her own way was brave to even come up with the idea and to send it out like she did in the beginning.

......Thank you RAC for sending this to me.

RAC has a website that is awesome. 336th Assault Helicopter Company

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Posted by Wild Thing at April 27, 2010 05:48 AM


When they make fun of Jesus Christ, Christians complain and are skewered by the MSM. Muslims threaten their lives and the not a peep of condemnation by the MSM.

Posted by: BobF at April 27, 2010 09:35 AM

Draw muhammad day has legs. I think there will be pictures all over the blogosphere. The muslims will be beside themselves with frustration. Wish i could draw.

Posted by: TomR at April 27, 2010 10:56 AM

Just another example of why i-slam needs to be destroyed otherwise we will allow it to destroy us.

Posted by: cuchieddie(Enemy of the State) at April 27, 2010 02:46 PM

BobF., you said it all that is exactly what happens.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 27, 2010 04:55 PM

Tom, heh eh I wish I could draw too. Making graphics is fun and I love making those, but a lot different then actually drawing something. All the people I have tired to draw look like Charlie Brown with round faces, hahahaha

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 27, 2010 04:57 PM

Cuchieddie, I agree, I can understand this woman being afraid. And when it comes to muslims it is a real fear we need to deal with and at least be aware of what they are willing to do.
I agree Cuchieddie so much, Islam has got to be destroyed completely.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 27, 2010 04:59 PM