The cartoonist who created the “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” is apparently fearing the jihadists and sending up the white flag of sharia. via Cartoonist overwhelmed by response to “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” – Seattle News – MyNorthwest.com.
The momentum drawn from Norris’ cartoon was more than the artist had anticipated and by Sunday Norris had posted the following message on her website:
“I am NOT involved in “Everybody Draw Mohammd Day!” I made a cartoon that went viral and I am not going with it. Many other folks have used my cartoon to start sites, etc. Please go to them as I am a private person who draws stuff”
On her website Norris originally explained the campaign was not meant to disrespect any religion, but rather meant to protect people’s right to express themselves.
In her present post Norris directs those interested in submitting drawings to the other sites who’ve taken up the campaign.
This is her current post on her website with the original image:
I make cartoons about current, cultural events. I made a cartoon of a ‘poster’ entitled “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!” with a nonexistent group’s name — Citizens Against Citizens Against Humor — drawn on the cartoon also. I did not intend for my cartoon to go viral. I did not intend to be the focus of any ‘group’. I practice the first amendment by drawing what I wish. This particular cartoon of a ‘poster’ seems to have struck a gigantic nerve, something I was totally unprepared for. I am going back to the drawing table now!
It’s not the first time a Muhammad cartoon contest has been held, and after all, Islam is a religion of peace right? What is there to fear? If Americans don’t stand strong and proud of our belief in freedoms, and the right to offend others, we will lose those freedoms and become slaves to those who take offense at everything (or use that excuse to subjugate us).
Update from the LA Times on the self-identified idiot…or in Islamic terms – dhimmi (there’s at least two of them):
Once it became a national story she reeled back, asking Savage — in an email he provided to The Ticket — if he would “be kind enough to switch out my poster” with another one — a much tamer version which has no images attributed to Muhammad.
“I am sort of freaked out about my name/image being all over the place,” her e-mail reads.
When asked about her change of heart, Norris told The Ticket that she didn’t intend for the cartoon “to go viral.”
Then why did she send the cartoon to the media in the first place? “Because I’m an idiot,” Norris replied.
“This particular cartoon of a ‘poster’ seems to have struck a gigantic nerve, something I was totally unprepared for,” she said.
It’s not a nerve, it’s Islam, and they use terrorism to scare people into giving up their rights and living fearful lives.
She doesn’t appear to be alone. The creator of a Facebook page dedicated to the day has bowed out as well. Jon Wellington told the Washington Post (before abandoning ship) that he created the page because he “loved [Norris’s] creative approach to the whole thing — whimsical and nonjudgmental.”
While he was still associated with his own event he said: “To me, this is all about freedom of expression and tolerance of other viewpoints, so I hope you’ll help make this a sandbox that anyone can play in, if they want. I don’t think it’d be right under the circumstances for me (or anyone) to censor inflammatory posts *ahem*, but let’s be welcoming and inclusive, mmkay?”
Apparently the posts weren’t “welcoming” enough, as on Sunday morning he announced his departure from the cause. “I am aghast that so many people are posting deeply offensive pictures of the Prophet,” he writes. “Y’all go ahead if that’s your bag, but count me out.”
Did he think people were going to post flattering images?
That’s what Facebook user Douglas Armstrong wondered too. “You created an event inviting people to submit pictures of Mohammed,” Armstrong wrote. “And apparently you’re so new to the Internet that you didn’t foresee what would happen?”
Although Wellington had abandoned his cause, he apparently was sticking around to answer questions. To Armstrong’s question, Wellington responded: “I guess I had more faith in human nature than was warranted.”
Another user, Paul St. George, had little patience for Wellington. “If you’re not going to attend your own event then take it down dumbass and quit boring us.”
The show must go on – we will post any and all images.