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A Progressive Defends The Humor of Charlie Hebdo By Providing Some Much Needed Context

I recommend to everyone this Daily Kos piece explaining the context of the controversial Charlie Hebdo humor.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/11/1356945/-On-not-understanding-Charlie-Why-many-smart-people-are-getting-it-wrong#

Context in humor is, in fact, important -- especially for those who are not native speakers. The author essentially argues that Charlie Hebdo is similar to Borat, and that the French readers familiar with the context fully understand this, as evidenced by the fact that Charlie Hebdo is regarded in France as a leftist publication rather than a conservative anti-immigrant right-wing publication. Many of the infamous cartoons (such as the Bokko Haram women claiming that they want welfare) are actually satires of the right wing publications which -- if we Americans were familiar with the actual racist comments these cartoons are satiring -- we would understand.

Whether or not one agrees, I highly recommend it for those uncomfortable with #JeSuisCharlie
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