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Je Suis DISGRACE: Social media outrage at cartoon mocking death of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi

A wave of indignation has swept across social media after Charlie Hebdo mocked the drowning of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi in a perilous journey across the Mediterranean. The poster showed Jesus walking on water with the dead Muslim boy next to him.

The first page of the new cartoon, dubbed ‘Welcome, migrants’ features a gruesome picture of the drowned three-year-old lying face down on the beach. “So Close to the Goal,” the caption reads in French. (YOU MAY FIND LINKED CONTENT OFFENSIVE, READER DISCRETION ADVISED).
Near the body is a billboard advertising the famous 2-for-1 McDonald’s Happy Meal with a smiling face of the restaurant chain’s clown mascot. “Two children’s menus for the price of one,” it says.

Aylan Kurdi’s image has become a symbol for the current refugee crisis. He died alongside his five-year-old brother Galip and their mother Rehen in the Aegean Sea trying to reach the Greek island of Kos.
The second page is dubbed “The Proof that Europe is Christian.” It features the legs of a drowning child and a man, apparently depicting Jesus Christ walking on water.
“Christians walk on water… Muslims kids sink,” says the paper.
And while most social media users bristled with harsh criticism over the mocking of Aylan’s death, saying that Charlie Hebdo is a “bunch of deluded racists” and shouldn’t be called ‘journalists,’ others merely ask the question: JeSuisCharlie now?


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