The assassination of twelve people in Paris because of their journalistic work made me deeply sad. As a writer I believe in an imagination without borders and the right to express your ideas with art. I wouldn’t say that art is not a weapon, art can hurt people, even make them speechless and unable to act. Is their a right to hurt other people’s feelings? I think, yes!
I am and always was a big fan of satire. Sometimes it can hurt very hard, I remember feeling hurt about some caricatures that I saw and articles that I read. Satire is an instrument to shock and provoke. It will bother you. It gives you an opion. It makes you to want to say something. You may be angry, you may be laughing, but you will think about it!
If you kill, people will be hurt as well. But the chance to make people think is gone forever.
The freedom of opinion should be a basic right. My solidarity and respect these days are with all cartoonists, painters, bloggers, journalists, writers around the world who are beeing oppressed. Don’t stop drawing, don’t stop writing!