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If You Read One Thing Today, Read This Interview With R. Crumb About Charlie Hebdo

Written by Jude Terror on Monday, January 12 2015 and posted in News with Benefits

If You Read One Thing Today, Read This Interview With R. Crumb About Charlie Hebdo

The cartoonist talks Charlie Hebdo, journalism, satire, and comics.

Source: NY Observer

It pains me to direct people to read websites other than The Outhouse, but I enjoyed this interview with legendary cartoonist Robert Crumb so much that I have to pass it along. In the interview, Crumb, who moved to France in 1991, discusses the terror attack in that country last week, explains the cultural attitudes toward offensive satire in France, calls out the lack of journalism in the United States, and talks about drawing his own cartoon of Muhammad. Here's a brief snippet:

Have journalists been calling you today to talk about the assassinations at Charlie Hebdo? Are you willing to talk about it?

Robert Crumb: Liberation wanted me to draw a cartoon, so I did this cartoon for Liberation about it. So far, you are the first American journalist that’s asked me to talk about it. I’ll talk about it, yeah.

No other journalists have called you? Really?

No, you’re the only one. You don’t have journalists over there anymore, what they have is public relations people. That’s what they have over in America now. Two-hundred and fifty thousand people in public relations. And a dwindling number of actual reporters and journalists.


Read the whole thing here.

Of course, the New York Observer is an American newspaper, so it seems they were too cowardly to even run the comic Crumb talked about in his interview. Here it is, for context:


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