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.
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.