Capitalising much?

One of those times when the jaw drops so hard it hits the desk.


A tweet by Myriam François-Cerrah:

M Francois-Cerrah‏@MFrancoisCerrah
Capitalising much? Charlie Hebdo’s Charb publishes posthumous book on Islam … #bloodmoney

Blood money? Blood money? Whose blood is she talking about? Charb and his colleagues were murdered by the Kouachi brothers, not the other way around. Charb didn’t kill anyone, or order anyone killed, or incite anyone to kill. What blood money is François-Cerrah talking about?

And “capitalizing”? Charb is capitalizing on his own death, when he is dead? How is he doing that exactly?

He wrote the book before the Kouachi brothers murdered him and all those others. He’s not “capitalizing” on anything – he’s dead. Finished, story closed, no more books or cartoons, over.


  1. themadtapper says

    I had something sarcastic to reply with, or so I thought. Every time the thought tried to form, it just kinda melted away due to the “the fuck is this shit?” portion of my brain overheating. Does she think for a minute that Charb would want his colleagues to stuff that work away and out of sight forever? You know, like the people who killed him want?

  2. iknklast says

    Well, you know how it is, Ophelia. Some people go to a lot of trouble to get themselves murdered to boot up book sales. (snark)

    Sometimes people are so stupid it makes me want to bang my head against the wall. Knock my brains in, maybe I’ll understand them.

  3. ZugTheMegasaurus says

    I cannot make this make sense, no matter how many brain cells I kill in the process. I mean, it’s staggeringly nonsensical and yet super-ragey. On some level, I’m impressed.

  4. PatrickG says

    Well, getting murdered is probably the extreme limit-case of “doing it for the clicks book sales”.

    Any publicity is good publicity, amirite?

  5. says

    Sili, no, although I have mentioned her before at least once, I think – but I still had to look her up to remind myself. She’s just one of the crowd of postcolonialist useful idiots in the UK.

  6. Sili says

    Why do woolly thinkers have to give postcolonialism and -modernism such a bad reputation?

  7. johnthedrunkard says

    Legitimate ‘post colonialism’ would be unrecognizable. There were colonies, and we are ‘after’ them. So there is a real field of study. But instead we seem to have academic fiefdoms operated by and for self-appointed apologists.

  8. brucegee1962 says

    There is legit postcolonialist criticism — it’s particularly interested in the process of “othering” and how different cultures define themselves in relation to their own history and each other. There’s nothing wrong with that.

    This business about whether or not it’s ok to criticize Islam seems to have split the liberal community apart more than any other I can remember. That Doonesbury article had a bunch of conservatives sneering about liberals wanting to get in bed with the Muslims, and I wanted to scream “Not all liberals!”

  9. Yaron Davidson says

    Wow, this one takes the whole “professional victim” concept crap to a whole new level.

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