More cartoon controversy from Iran

The Guardian reports that Iran has demanded an apology from the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel because of a cartoon it published showing four members of the Iranian football team dressed as suicide bombers.

The Iranian embassy in Berlin has called the cartoon an “immoral act”, and the cartoonist, Klaus Stuttmann, is in hiding after receiving three death threats. The newspaper is standing firm:

The problem is where do you draw the line? Cartoons have to be satirical and mean. We are very sorry if we have hurt the feelings of any Iranians. But we have not apologised.

Meanwhile, in a move reminiscent of “freedom fries” foolishness, the official Iranian news agency has announced that Danish pastries have been renamed Roses of the Prophet Mohammed. Flaky!

4 Responses to “More cartoon controversy from Iran”

  1. buzzardguts says:

    the world has gone completely crazy. give it a few months and no one will be able to remember what started all this rubbish…

  2. Stuart says:

    Just a thought – isn’t it blasphemous to produce an image of what the prophet’s rosy cheeks might have looked like?
    Oh, sorry, not THOSE cheeks!

  3. Marc Draco says:

    If you think those were bad – check this lot out (but hold onto your sides in case they split!)

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