This cartoon got really popular on Tumblr, so I'm posting it here because I'm curious to see how my ol' buddy DeviantArt will react.
Original Tumblr post: papagonzalez.tumblr.com/post/1…
This cartoon pertains to a series of events that have transpired within the last thirty-five days of this being made.
December 3rd, 2014: Australian Target stores withdrew copies of the game, Grand Theft Auto V, in response to a Change.org petition directed at the chain in Australia to pull the game from its shelves, it had over 41,000 signatures at the time. The petition claimed the game was "misogynistic" and that it encouraged players to "murder women for entertainment". The game was also withdrawn from Australian Kmarts the day after, saying their decision was the result of a "significant review" of the game's content. There was considerable backlash against the stores' decisions on the internet. It's not known for sure if whoever started the petition identified as feminist, but they definitely sounded like it, and the petition and its results gained a lot of feminist support.
December 16th, 2014: An anonymous hacker group named "Guardians of Peace"—
linked to North Korea by the FBI—
warned Sony, the company producing the movie, The Interview, of an attack on movie theaters in the same vein as the September 11th terrorist attacks if the film were to premiere. The movie mocked North Korea and told a fictional story about the assassination of North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un. The hackers had been releasing a slew of private e-mails and files belonging to Sony since November that they had obtained presumably by hacking the company's computers months before, but December 16th was the first time they mentioned The Interview. Sony cancelled the scheduled, December 18th, New York premiere of the film in response to the warning. Afterward, many wary theater chains cancelled screenings ahead of the interview's U.S.-wide release on Christmas Day. Sony cancelled the nationwide release later that day, due to the lack of screenings by the major chains. Sony received widespread criticism for the decision, even from President Obama. Despite the threats, however, the movie was eventually released to mostly independent theaters on December 23rd and was made available on the internet through online pay services on the 24th.
January 7th, 2015: Three Radical Muslims attacked the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French, satirical news magazine. A handful of cartoons published in the magazine over the last decade mocked the prophet Muhammad and sparked anger in the Muslim world. Twelve people were shot dead in the attack; ten magazine employees—
four of which were cartoonists—
and two police officers. One of the gunmen turned himself in the same day of the shooting, but the two others remain on the loose. The attack was notably praised by the terrorist group, ISIS.
So there you have it, three attempts to censor entertainment and stifle freedom of expression in the western world, all within a mere thirty-five days. It really gives one a lack of hope.