Writers come out in support of PEN’s award to Charlie Hebdo; Garry Trudeau continues Hebdo-bashing

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After the Shameful Six boycotted PEN International‘s Gala for giving its “Freedom of Expression Courage Award” to Charlie Hebdo, a passel of other writers and activists have implicitly or explicitly criticized their literary confrères for bad judgment, and praised PEN‘s letter explaining the award:

Here are four of the nine people who took their stand on PEN’s “Courage in Continuing” site:

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“Disgusting buts” is dead on, though one could add another “t” to the second word.
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Meanwhile, Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau, while walking the cat back a bit on Charlie Hebdo (Trudeau “mourns the group deeply”), still stood his ground in a two-minute Meet the Press segment. He again implies the magazine, through its satire on religion, brought the murders on itself. Click the screenshot to go to his remarks on the magazine; a partial transcript is below.

Note that Trudeau compares Charlie Hebdo’s criticism of religion to racism, a form of “punching…

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