Queen of Jordan Responds to Charlie Hebdo’s Cartoon

Queen of Jordan Responds to Charlie Hebdo’s Cartoon - In response to Charlie Hebdo newspaper, Queen Al Abdullah commissioned a cartoon on her twitter with the caption: “What would little boy Alan have grown up to be?” The queen’s response was: “A doctor, a teacher or a loving father”.

© Image: Twitter/Arania Al Abdullah/Usama Hajjaj

Hakim Khatib

Hakim Khatib

is a political scientist and analyst works as a lecturer for politics and culture of the Middle East, intercultural communication and journalism at Fulda University of Applied Sciences and Phillips University Marburg. Hakim is the editor-in-chief of the Mashreq Politics and Culture Journal (MPC Journal).
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Queen of Jordan, Rania Al Abdullah, published a cartoon featuring the drowned Syrian boy Alan Kurdi in response to “Charlie Hebdo”.

On 14 January 2016, the French satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo published a drawing of the drowned three-year-old Syrian boy, Alan Kurdi, found dead on a Turkish beach in September, in which the boy would have grown up to become a sex attacker.

Charlie Hebdo’s cartoon depicts two male creatures running after terrified women. The caption beside the cartoon says: “What would little boy Alan have grown up to be? A groper in Germany.”

In response to Charlie Hebdo newspaper, Queen Al Abdullah commissioned a cartoon on her twitter with the caption: “What would little boy Alan have grown up to be?” The queen’s response was: “A doctor, a teacher or a loving father”.

While image of the little boy lying face down on a Turkish beach prompted a wave of sympathy in the world last year, the Charlie Hebdo caricature caused a wave of anger and disappointment all over the social media. Many marked the cartoon of the little boy as offensive.


 

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