This is the fifth anniversary of Draw A Cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad Day. As you all well know I drew several cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. Some were before the Molly Norris incident when I was commenting on the Lars Vilks incident and the murder of Theo Van Gogh.
Whenever I draw these cartoons I have always been clear I am not really sending a message to extremists. They see it, they don't see it, they burn down half the world or ignore it completely. I don't care. Who I'm really trying to reach are my fellow artists to send a message do not let other people bully terms as to what you are allowed to draw. We have no responsibility whatsoever to cater to the sensibilities of other people whenever we draw or express ourselves. Whenever we do hold back, we are saying we have a responsibility to censor ourselves for fear of people being offended. When you do that, the course of your freedom of speech is being dictated by other people. Which of course is not freedom of speech at all, you're just free to say what you want within limited tolerances.
Since Draw a Cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad Day the concept catering to other people's sensibilities to unreasonable extremes is bleeding all over place. This is not just the concept of the Islamic extremist or the right wing puritan. Not in the least. The extreme left wing has blighted us with terms like "Micro-aggressions". "Triggering". Or just labelling "Bullying" or "Hate Speech" on every single thing that doesn't see things precisely their way. It's just more of the same bullshit argument, we have a responsibility to cater to other people's sensibilities and censor ourselves so other people are not hurt by what we say.
Fuck right the hell off.
For ten years I stood my ground against the extreme right wing in the form of the Moral Majority. And we beat them bloody. Now it's the extreme left wing with social justice warriors and Anita Sarkeesian (and her followers) telling us we're all evil and shit because we like big boobies in video games and comic books. If entire generations of little girls are going to slit their wrists all because I'm playing Grand Theft Auto, tough. We're just going to have to raise tougher little girls with better coping skills. Not fragile little princesses who whither and die at the sight of video games tropes. I didn't run from the Moral Majority, I didn't run from Islam, I'm not running from this.
Draw Mohammed. Draw big boobies on cat fighting lesbians in skimpy outfits. Draw your favourite satanic heavy metal band album cover. Piss them all off. Piss everybody off. This isn't called DeviantArt because we all lay awake at night worrying about someone out there might be offended. Fuck'em all. It's not your responsibility to not hurt other people's feelings. The issue isn't what you draw, the issue why are some people such an insufferably whiney bunch of pussies a cartoon can set them off so much.