Je Suis Charlie – Comic
Je Suis Charlie
Watching the wall to wall coverage of the shootings in Paris, it was brought home to me how lucky we are to live where we do and are able to say what we like.
Well actually that’s not true is it. For example there are supposed to be the seven words that the FCC deem that we on the radio are banned from saying, Eric will share them with you now,? No? Then of course like shouting fire in a crowded cinema there are things one just doesn’t say.
My question is that various European commentators have tried to get the American media to take notice of similar events here but they just don’t seem to be on receive. Only yday did the Boston bombing start to raise its head again in familiarity. I wondered why? The repeated scrolling of the shooting of the police officer on the ground became offensive, when I realized that in fact we were not being showed the actual shooting of the officer.
Here we live in a country where Arnie shouts to the helicopters and machine guns another bunch of baddies who go down without much screaming.
In real life it is simply not like that. The police officer caught some bullets went down screaming in pain then when on the ground turned to see the terrorist running at him. The officer asks if he is going to shoot him “ok boss says the terrorist and puts a round in his head”. That bit was sanitized from US TV. I watched what actually happened on a UK TV Channel.
Are we too sanitized? I found myself wondering how the American public would have reacted to seeing the poor officer actually being executed. It seems to me that relatively few of us have any idea the damage bullets do to the human body.
An interesting comment then came from the senior French correspondent for one of the US cable channels that what had happened in Paris was much more unlikely to have happened there than here due to difficulty in getting hands on an automatic weapon semi or otherwise like a Kalashnikov.
My second thought was bought up by a Muslim, commentator who I thought had an interesting point. When a white person commits an atrocity we tend not to see a bunch of Catholic, Jewish, Protestant or other religion’s leaders being asked for their comments.
A French man also asked yesterday why do they do these things? If they don’t like France they can just leave.
So the real world across the seas. The French Police officer who was executed and lay on the ground blurred to millions of Americans as their TV’S repeated the video every few minutes. He was not a blur he had a name. His name was Ahmed Merabet he was 42 and married. He was a bicycle cop and his family will bury him in the Muslim cemetery north east of Paris. Yes he too was a Muslim.
Maybe a better call might be Je Suis Ahmed. Out of respect to a Muslim Police officer who died defending the freedom of folk to write draw think or say what they like.
Jeremy Taylor Broadcast Friday 9th January 2015