Last month, the Paris offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo were attacked, leaving twelve dead. Recently, however, famed Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki said he believes the French paper’s Muhammad cartoons were a “mistake.”

In a TBS radio interview, Miyazaki discussed the shooting, which took the lives of several of France’s most famous satirical cartoonists. Miyazaki is a co-founder of Studio Ghibli and responsible for iconic anime like My Neighbor Totoro.

“For me, I think it’s a mistake to make caricatures of what different cultures worship,” said Miyazaki when asked about the Hebdo attack [via Yahoo! News]. “It’s a good idea to stop doing that.”

That doesn’t mean Miyazaki is against satire or criticism. For him, caricatures should be used in a different manner.

“First and foremost, [caricatures] should be made of your own country’s politicians.” According to 47News, Miyazaki added, “It just looks suspicious to go after political leaders from other countries.”

Nikkan Sports reports that elsewhere in the radio interview, Miyazaki expressed his concern over Japan’s current prime minister and discussed the country’s position in the world.


Personal Note:

I agree with Miyazaki-san. I am all for free speech and expressing your self through art; yourself and not others specially if they don’t want you to do the “expressing” for them.

Free speech doesn’t mean you should ridicule cultures and religions that you don’t understand just to stir things up and gain more money and publicity. Especially that it’s not the first time that they have ridiculed religions and people’s beliefs before.

You can’t mock people and insult them and when they fight back; you act like a victim !!

Respect should be mutual between all countries and nations no matter what religion they may or may not have.

That’s all I have to say.

  1. lehzalee

    Omg so I was writing a newspaper article reflection the other day and I wrote an entire essay ranting about this topic.

    I totally agree with you my friend. Everyone is pointing their fingers at the inhumane terrorists, but they don’t realise that everyone has a limited amount of patience, and if you cross the line over and over again, people will indeed explode into fury.

    And also, I found this quote while researching about the event: “Your liberty to swing your fist ends just where my nose begins.” This means that even though we all have freedom of speech, if that freedom infringes on other people’s rights, we are not allowed to do that. I believe this is very relevant to the case, whereby the constant mocking of the Islam religion has gone too overboard and it is not surprising that some ppl have turned the fury they’ve been surpressing over the years, into actions.

    My teacher criticised me for how harsh I wrote. But at least I’m glad someone else has the same opinion as me 🙂 nice post :3

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    1. taigareview

      I actually am happy that there is someone out there who’s thinking the same way as I am.

      I mean what happened there was the result of years of provocation. It’s not the first time that the same publishing company creates insulting caricatures about religions SPECIALLY Islam.

      Of course, I believe there is no justification for violence of any kind; whether it’s physical or emotional. It’s unfortunate that everyone is looking at one side only and defending the people who started it. I mean both sides were wrong but the media is blaming those who resorted to violence as a defense mechanism and ignoring the fact that they were technically provoked and bullied into it.

      It makes me sick how some people judge others just by their religion. It’s not fair really. It shouldn’t matter what religion you believe. It really saddens me.

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  2. lehzalee

    Reblogged this on Zyrogate Faine and commented:
    “Your liberty to swing your fist ends just where my nose begins.”

    We may have freedom of speech, but if our freedom to say anything we want, infringes on others’ right to not be degraded by others, then our actions will not be justified.

    Indeed, no act of violence will ever be justified. However, as Taiga has pointed out, mutual respect is fundamental in terms of religion, and if we repeatedly cross the line, some individuals may turn the fury they have been surpressing over the years, into actions.

    Who is the true villain in this case? This is debatable.

    But what is absolutely certain, is that we need to respect each others’ beliefs, respect each others’ way of life, respect each others’ religion. If we can’t even uphold this simple and basic rule, then maybe we should start reflecting on our actions and attitude.

    “Only if you respect others, will others then respect you.”

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    1. taigareview

      beautifully put.
      When you think less of people don’t expect them to think more of you.
      A man who climbs to the top of a mountain may see people below him small; but he shan’t forget that they see him just as small even if he’s on the top.

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  3. Kitsune

    Miyazaki says:

    a) It is a mistake to make caricatures of what different cultures worship
    b) It looks suspicious to go after political leaders from other countries

    a) Is it a mistake? No. Everyone should be able to express their opinion, but up to a limit
    b) Does it look suspicious? Why? If you see that the political system of some country is clearly corrupt and malfunctioning, this should be brought to the attention of the world. People didn’t believe this initially

    Thus, specifically on these two statements, I disagree with Miyazaki, but I agree with him in general: I’d rather not go on the route of substantial antagonism, especially with regards to something considered holy by other cultures. Also, I agree with you that mutual understanding should be fostered.

    Nevertheless, “fighting back” as was done in this particular case is certainly beyond the line, and I hope you do not condone their actions. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”



    1. taigareview

      I did write that I don’t think that what they did is right but every action will receive a reaction .. so we shouldn’t ignore the factor that caused this outcome.
      Throughout the years; this publishing company have created several caricatures of the same Islamic figure in filthy and degrading positions and Muslims all over the world have expressed their dissatisfaction and disgust by those caricatures. However, the company never apologized and finally they created another caricature about the same figure and some Muslim extremists thought “Actions are louder than Words.”

      So, as I said… Islamic holy figures were insulted over the past 10 years or so by this company and Muslims have expressed their thoughts through the Media and the Internet. But, no one cared. instead they kept doing it over and over and over and over until those extremists had enough and replied to their insults.

      What I’m trying to say is… Yes, the extremists are terribly wrong but this company is not the victim here either. Muslims everywhere are the real victims and when I say Muslims .. I mean REAL Muslims and not those crazy nutjobs extremists who terrorize everyone. Because those REAL Muslims see those who they hold holy insulted every day and the Media encourages it and when they speak they are dismissed and looked at as terrorists which is really and sadly racist.

      I mean there are over 1.5 BILLION Muslims all over the world (that’s over 20% of the world) but they are judged by the actions of a hundred or even a thousand crazy extremists. It’s really sad.

      They don’t know that even Muslims themselves hate those crazy extremists and fight them in every way they can.




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