A little over two weeks ago, I posted an example of the blatant hypocrisy that exists in the West regarding how we are allowed to treat Muslims, and how we are allowed to treat Jews in the world of satire and political commentary. The story I discussed was about a cartoonist who was arrested for an anti-semitic cartoon that he drew in France. This was all just mere weeks after people marched in France (including Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu) in the defence of “freedom of speech” following the Charlie Hebdo attacks. As if this wasn’t hypocritical enough, I’ve found a video which even more blatantly shows the double standards that exist.
Here, we see a French host saying that it is freedom of expression to draw offensive pictures of the prophet Muhammed and that it doesn’t matter how much it may offend Muslims, that they simply have to accept it.
The video then cuts forward to a later date and shows the same host interviewing a comedian who mocked Jews in his act. The host asks him if he thinks he should apologise for what he did, and when he responds that he doesn’t, because it was just part of his act, the host tells him that he finds his actions shocking and inexcusable.
The comedian then responds that they live in a society where they can freely express themselves (the same argument the host had used against the Muslim guest) and asks the host why he is against his act. The host responds that he doesn’t have a right to express himself because of the holocaust. The comedian rightly points out that black people had to endure slavery, but that doesn’t mean that they’re off limits for comedy.
***I’d also like to add that the holocaust is not the only genocide in history. There was the Cambodian genocide committed by the Khmer Rouge, and the Nanking massacre, which were both experienced by Asians. There was the Rwandan genocide experienced by black people. Then there was the Armenian genocide, and the Holodomor which were experienced by white people. This is just a small sample. Yet despite the fact that all these different groups have experienced genocide, we don’t see it being used as an excuse not to criticise them, or make fun of them, so why should the holocaust be any different?***
The comedian points out that he was able to make fun of all kinds of people and it was never a big deal, but as soon as he makes fun of an Israeli, there’s hysteria. The host responds by telling him that although he thinks he’s a very talented comedian, he’ll never be invited back onto the show again.
So once again, we see a perfect example of how all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.