Charlie Hebdo Accused of Racism After Mocking Drowned Refugee Child


French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has again stirred up controversy in Europe, this time for mocking the widely-shared image of young Syrian refugee dead on the beach.

The image of three-year-old Alan Kurdi drowned in the Mediterranean Sea helped spark a wider conversation across the world about the Syrian refugee crisis. “What would little Aylan [sic] have grown up to be?” the magazine irreverently asked, before answering: “Ass groper in Germany.”


The caption is of course a reference to the mass sexual assault carried out by hundreds of men of Arab and North African ancestry in Cologne, Germany. Critics of the cartoon quickly took to social media and elsewhere to condemn Charlie Hebdo.

This is not the first time the magazine has satirized the dead child. A 2015 cartoon featured Kurdi’s dead body in front of a billboard for McDonald’s advertising kids meals. “So close to the finish…” the caption read.

[Image via screengrab]
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