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Comedians and cartoonist gather to discuss satire and censorship
Comedians and cartoonist gather to discuss satire and censorship

Comedians, writers, satirists and a cartoonist gathered Thursday night at Hollywood's Upright Citizens Brigade to discuss censorship and satire in the wake of the killings at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris. But while part of the debate mirrored some of what has been said already on the case — and included a broad condemnation of the violence — there was also an expression of discomfort with the racialized nature of the cartoons that have appeared in Charlie Hebdo. As stand-up comedian Azhar Usman — the Chicago-born son of Indian Muslims — put it at one point: "[Screw] terrorism and [screw] these racist cartoons." ...

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