With tens of thousands of flood victims in living in shelters, numerous communities devastated, and close to $200 billion in estimated damage, it seems like suffering Texans would be off the table for jokes and insults. Sadly, that’s not been the case this week.
First, Politico published an insensitive cartoon poking fun at flooded Texans, Christians, libertarians, secessionists, and Confederate supporters all at the same time.
While some liberals defended the cartoon, insisting it only made fun of secessionists, most people appeared to find it in poor taste, according to Business Insider. Then weekly French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo decided to take it a step further with their own cartoon, and this time it was on the front page.
At the top of the cartoon in French, it declares “God exists!” Below the illustration of drowning Nazis, it says, “He Drowned All the Neo-Nazis of Texas,” according to The Hill. It was in such terrible taste that American media figures on the left and right were quick to condemn it.
Charlie Hebdo gained international attention in 2015 when, after they drew a cartoon depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad, two Islamic terrorists burst into their Paris office and killed 12 people, injuring 11 more. The displays of solidarity from around the Western world were enormous, including from the U.S., according to CNN. Two of the most prominent symbols was the Empire State Building lit up to look like the French flag and an illustration on the front of The New Yorker of the Eiffel Tower.
What do you think of this? Meanwhile, a hugely famous Hollywood actress has just donated $1 million to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.