Azad Essa
Azad Essa

There is no Zapiro, only Zuul

If you haven’t sniggered, burped or laughed at the recent Zapiro-Muslim cartoon debacle then you probably had a very pleasant weekend. Other citizens with real jobs, like the Mail & Guardian crew, fielded threats all morning on Friday from irate Muslims incensed by Zapiro’s latest offering depicting their Prophet as a psycho-case needing therapy for his humourless followers.

It didn’t take long before the responses hit the street, or the web. Calls for boycotting a R20 paper, which no one can usually find in most parts of the country, spammed email, SMS and BlackBerry inboxes that soon there would be no Zapiro, only Zuul.

You really need to watch Ghost Busters again.

Anyway, as the shoot-out at OK Corral ensued, Nic Dawes cited freedom poetry as he paraded on a stallion called expression, and Muslims circled the laager like clumsy natives drenched in wet gunpowder.

Back in the suburbs, the self-declared Muslim leadership brushed their teeth and waxed their underarms as they prepared to meet the infidels and negotiate a peaceful solution.

But the debate had started.

The Mail & Guardian and Zapiro defended their right to offend in the name of freedom of speech, and you can access those reports here or here. Meanwhile, the literary knives were drawn, with award-winning writer Hamish Hoosen Pillay drawing first blood, followed by the popular editor of the Al-Huda magazine Khadija Patel, and Cape Town-based journalist Sayed Dhansay completing a balanced analysis. David Bullard offered a typically bludgeoning column while Nic Price and Martha Stewart offered precious little to the debate.

Throughout the weekend, the self-declared Muslim leadership stroked their beards as they met with mostly themselves, forming new forums; creating new power structures to move forward as they searched for new portfolios to preen their CVs.

Between the diplomatic shenanigans of an opportunistic few, brought to earth to defend the beloved, others searched for more artistic ways to deal with the evil anti-Zionist cartoonist, whose name we shall never mention from this moment on.

But theirs was not an intention to retaliate or scratch a couple of puerile lines in assembling an unholy attack on satire.

Their cartoons represent all the voices drowned out by the din made by conflated egos defending libertarian expression or holy Prophets for reasons mostly self-satiating.

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  • Andrew Slaughter

    I tend to go with Richard Dawkin’s attitude on this one. We can’t allow ourselves to be scared of pissing off the religious, no matter what religion they belong to. Cartoonists should be allowed to make fun of everyone. Why should the religious get special treatment? In my opinion, that is what this whole ‘Draw the prophet Mohammed’ day is all about. Zapiro is not trying to get publicity, he is rightly taking a stand against the Muslim idea that some aspects of their religion can not be questioned, no matter what. If we pander to the religious for fear of violent reprisal, then issues such as homophobia, woman’s rights and other human rights violations associated with religious beliefs will never be resolved.

  • mash

    Martha Stewart really disappointed me. I was at least expecting some kind of taginey recipe to mark the occasion.

  • Mymoena

    azad i think you should do zapiro’s biography :P
    awesome piece but of course i expect nothing less these days … !

  • Judith

    Life is very strange. Here we are obiltering ourselves and we get angered by cartoons?

  • http://karim.co.za/blog/ Muhammad Karim

    Love it. :)

  • Miles Teg

    Not so crazy if geopolitics of Islamophobia taken into account – the dreaded Rushdie fatwa was when US/Rumsfeld were dropping chemicals weapons on Iraq and Reagan was a contra… and liberals reported the Al Qaeeda threat to the Cup with narry a question about whether the ‘confession’ was coerced, Abu Ghraib, Enhanced Torture, notwithstanding… as a persecuted minority, muslims have a case… as far as limiting speech, perhaps more discussion is needed… offensive it was but Zapiro’s been cool even though his taboo is the holocaust… everyone has them, even Zapiro.
    Pity liberal post-modernism leaves the West so unable to deal with people of absolute truths. I guess if we take the veil off this matter we will find a good guy with a cheeky grin, and an Editor who is happy to pull minorities hair but not ready to discuss real issues of industrial policy that is not liberal. Dig up Dawes interview with Davies and see what HE is on about, using sophisticated arguments in favour of the status quo of liberal economics… I can forgive the misjudgement on the cartoon (which is subjective) but the lack of reporting directly from Trade Unionists and the sophisticated attacks on our new industrial policy is an even more worrying legacy… I didnt trust Dawes judgement then and even less so now… The myth of the liberal media left US exposed to derivatives and dawes continues that fine tradition… will a real lib stand up pls?

  • Unfortunately my nickname is JuJu too

    What Andrew said…

  • Wakey

    Nice column, and really good cartoons! However, I’m with Zapiro on this one but it is a question with answers of grey, preened from the viewers perspective.

    Interesting times indeed!

  • http://www.hardcopyink.com MLH

    Good one.

  • The Truth
  • http://mandrake5645.wordpress.com Mandrake

    I watch South Park everyday without fail, except on my thursday binge-drinking sessions. These dudes take a piss at Jesus almost on a daily basis now and we haven’t raised the Christian war machine to reign chaos at the Multichoice offices for daring to air such blasphemous, if hilarious, kak.

    Now by comparison Zapiro drew the most harmless Prophet cartoon ever and some lard-carrying beard-strokers are already on a philosophical Jihad. Please!!!

    I’ll stick to South Park thank you

  • Falco Mazwelane

    I am of the view that Zapiro should use his freedom of expression right outside South Africa. We should be avoiding provoking others especially when it come to religion, you will not find Muslims joking on Jews and the Holocust or Christians and the book of Juda (that was not published). Please stop this and this is not the view of all South African, “Zapiro you were wrong, just apologise!” That was not AYOBA!!! especially when we’re about to host the World Cup. Is this some kind of sabotage from those who believe that African cannot do it themselves? Why now? Stop your negative agendas in my beloved country. SA is the only country that has accepeted all religions to be practiced with some tollerance. Neo-Colonialism is not accepted in this mother land.

  • Graham Johnson

    You don’t really say anything, but what you do say is very diplomatic and amusing. Congratulations, although I’m not sure why.

  • Zu

    Is there really something wrong with a non-Muslim depicting the Prophet harmlessly? Why should Islam and Muslims be above polite and courteous questioning?

    Can we agree that his cartoon was about Muslims, and not Muhammad? The fact that Muslims fail to see this only further emphasises the message that his cartoon was conveying.

    Sure, he could have kept a few more fans and friends. But where’s the integrity in that?

  • Sabi

    OUCH,
    “Throughout the weekend, the self-declared Muslim leadership stroked their beards as they met with mostly themselves”….and… “Their cartoons represent all the voices drowned out by the din made by conflated egos defending libertarian expression or holy Prophets for reasons mostly self-satiating.”
    Mabrook, swell piece Azad…I dont know how many people will get it, but its a quite the raw piece that needs to be out there for both the cartoonist and the people who join spontaneaously drunk for “change” , wanting to do something in the name of nothing productive.

  • John

    The saying goes that a tree is known by its fruit. A good tree produces good fruit. A bad tree, bad fruit. Violent reprisals or threats of violent reprisals are a choice and are bad fruit. The alternative choice is to give others the freedom and right to express their own views, and leave violence out of the picture. That is good fruit. Finally, it makes one wonder about the source of the spirit that energizes a person to make the choice to want to produce bad fruit. Enough said.

  • Abu Kad

    well,i honestly believe that we need a Muslim Scholar here to explain this one, but in nutshell in islam we are not allowed to draw pictures with faces right, then theres the point of when people put a face to something they can then put it up on a wall and pray ot it(not allowed), or deface it. which obviously we know some people will do that.

    so thats why in our history people have been trying to protect that,get what im saying?

    well i dont know if a explained myself correctly but thats about it.

    now, really,why do people think muslims are gonna blow up something cos of this? not all muslims resort to violence. the people you thinking of are the Radicals so to speak. but then again if you know your islamic history you will know what a person is islamically allowed to do when They God,religion or Prophet is being ridiculed.

    wether this cartoon was a ridiculing, ill leave that upto you to decide.

    Azad my brother, well done! :)

  • Raoul

    Well done to Zapiro. Cartoon indeed proved the point that you guys are really need to get a sense of humour.

  • Elaine

    It seems to me that the point of the cartoon is fully proved by the fuss it has created. DO FOLLOWERS OF ISLAM HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOUR?

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There is no Zapiro, only Zool

If you haven’t sniggered, burped or laughed at the recent Zapiro-Muslim cartoon debacle of the past week then you probably had a very pleasant weekend.  Other citizens with real jobs, like the Mail & Guardian crew, fielded threats all morning last week Friday from irate Muslims incensed by Zapiro’s latest offering depicting their Prophet as a psycho-case needing therapy for his humourless followers.It didn’t take long before the responses hit the street, or the web. Calls for boycotting a twenty rand paper that no one can usually find in most parts of the country spammed email, sms and blackberry inboxes that soon there would be no Zapiro, only Zool.You really need to watch Ghostbusters again.Anyway, as the shoot out at OK Corral ensued, Nic Dawes cited freedom poetry as he paraded on a stallion called expression, and Muslims circled the lager like clumsy natives drenched in wet gunpowder.Back in the suburbs, the self-declared Muslim leadership brushed their teeth and waxed their underarms as they prepared to meet the infidels and negotiate a peaceful solution.But the debate had started.The Mail & Guardian and Zapiro defended their right to offend in the name of freedom of speech, and you can access those reports here or here. Meanwhile, the literary knives were drawn, with award winning writer Hamish Hoosen Pillay drawing first blood, followed by the popular Editor of the Al-Huda Magazine Khadija Patel, and Cape Town based journalist Sayed Dhansay completing a balanced analysis. David Bullard offered a typically bludgeoning column whilst Nic Price and Martha Stewart offered precious little to the debate.Throughout the weekend, the self-declared Muslim leadership stroked their beards as they met with mostly themselves, forming new forums; creating new power structures to move forward as they searched for new portfolios to preen their CVs.Between the diplomatic shenanigans of an opportunistic few, brought to earth to defend the beloved, others searched for more artistic ways to deal with the evil anti-Zionist cartoonist whose name we shall never mention, from this moment on.But theirs was not an intention to retaliate or scratch a couple of puerile lines in assembling an unholy attack on satire.Their cartoons represent all the voices drowned out by the din made by conflated egos defending libertarian expression or holy Prophets for reasons mostly self-satiating..malema.jpgcassimfinal.jpgzu.jpg

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