In a wide-ranging interview with the French magazine Les Inrockuptibles, Luz, a major contributing cartoonist to the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, said that he will no longer draw cartoons of the prophet Muhammad.
The announcement comes days before the magazine is scheduled to receive PEN America’s Freedom of Expression Courage award, an honor that’s been widely protested by prominent writers and critics.
Luz, who’s become one of the main cartoonists after a terrorist attack in January that killed eleven and left eight of the magazine’s staffers dead, told Inrocks that he was simply tired of drawing Muhammad, as the subject “doesn’t appeal to [him] anymore,” he said, according to publications that previewed the interview.
“I’ve let it go, like I did with Sarkozy,” he added, referring to his old obsession with skewering former French president Nicolas Sarkozy. “I will not spend my life drawing [Muhammad cartoons].”
Luz drew the iconic cover for the first issue of Charlie Hebdo published after the terrorist attacks, which featured a crying Muhammad holding a sign saying “All is forgiven.” Though the cartoon was miles away from the type of sacrilegious cartoons the magazine would draw of the prophet, it immediately drew criticism from the Islamic community (Muhammad cannot be depicted in works of art, period).
[Image via Charlie Hebdo]
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