Editorial- Satire

Ivan Ledgard, Staff Writer

Most of us are familiar with satire,or have at least heard of it sometime in our lives. It is a sometimes humorous genre of literature that uses wit to draw attention to both particular and wider issues in society. Because satire tends to be ironic and/or sarcastic, it is often misunderstood. A fine line must be drawn between the satirist and his persona.

Indeed, satire is almost always controversial and therefore stirs negative emotions in those who feel that they are the victim of the social criticism.

The Charlie Hebdo shooting incident was an example of a devastating consequence resulting from controversial depictions of Muhammad.

Some view the attack as a retaliation for severe (religious) offenses, but to many, the act is considered cruel and uncalled for. There is no justification for the terrorist attacks at Charlie Hebdo.

The answer to controversial depictions of certain figures should not be violence.

Some might argue that those who want to exercise freedom of speech that possibly offends others should be prepared to face consequences, but in this case the consequences heavily outweigh the offense.

Does freedom of the press hold any meaning for those who choose to be offended by satire?