The Charlie Hebdo front cover, criticised for mocking Meghan Markle and George Floyd’s death, has sparked fury
The satirical publication – targeted by gunmen in the 2015 Paris terror attacks – produced a cartoon depicting the Queen kneeling on the Duchess of Sussex’s neck on its latest front cover.
The headline of the cover reads ‘Why Meghan left Buckingham Palace’ – Because I couldn’t breathe’ – a reference to what Mr Floyd told police as he desperately struggled for air.
Critics say the cover pokes fun at both Meghan – who broke her silence about life behind closed doors at Buckingham Palace – and the tragic death of Mr Floyd.
Derek Chauvin, filmed kneeling on MrFloyd’s neck for almost nine minutes before he died, faces trial over his alleged murder in Minneapolis, USA last May.
His death led to widespread Black Lives Matter protests across the world.
Many on social media condemned Charlie Hebdo’s new cover, branding it ‘utterly appalling’.
Race correspondent for the Independent, Nadine White, describing the cover as ‘disgusting’.
The cover is said to mock the tragic death of George Floyd (Picture: Family Handout)
Others accused the magazine of being ‘bigoted’ and called for it to be shut down permanently.
‘Where do we draw the line on freedom of speech? Not only do words and images hurt but they fester and create hate and violence,’ one person asked.
Another said the front page was ‘mindblowing’, adding: ‘I can’t believe they actually published this cover. So disrespectful.’
But some insisted the cartoon was ‘ill-advised’ but amounted to ‘crass but brutal satire’.
One person said: ‘It’s not mocking it? It’s equating how Meghan was treated with how George Floyd was murdered. It’s mocking the Queen, if anything.’
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is accused of pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes (Picture: AP)
Another backed the magazine: ‘Their taste of satire is very challenging but it is still only satire.’
One Twitter user added: ‘French here. Not a fan of Charlie’s covers but they’re absolutely in no way mocking George Floyd’s murder here.
‘They are using it in an untasteful way, certainly, but it’s clearly not meant as an apology or a mockery.’
Charlie Hebdo has taken aim at dozens of political and religious public figures, most famously its depiction of the Prophet Mohammed, which was described by some as ‘blasphemy’ and blamed for the 2015 atrocity, claiming the lives of 12 people.
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