I have to admit that the
demonstration in favor of freedom of speech last week in Paris was a bit odd, to say the least.
Why? Because in spite of what the
French government tried to show the world, France is not very fond of citizens using
their freedom of speech. Actually, this country hates them.
It was so ironic to see the people who silence those who disagree with them joining the
Ministers, politicians, associations, leaders of lobbies, etc. Journalists are fired because they don’t think “right” enough for them.
Websites are closed because of them. Humorists are put in jail because of them. But it doesn't matter. It's good for their public image.
Did you know that the drawers of
Charlie Hebdo themselves, our new martyrs, tried to ban the Front National (a
far right political party) because they didn’t like their message? (they failed) Very democratic guys.
That’s how it works in France. We respect your right to express
your opinions only if you agree with us (if you think properly).
It is the same logic that is used by
the Feminists who destroy the posters they don’t like, claiming that they are
using their freedom of speech by doing so.
Such hypocrisy (or schizophrenia?) is astounding.
In the meantime, the French
government is using this opportunity to create a French style Patriot Act, and
to reduce our freedoms a bit more. Big Brother is becoming Grand Frère. But, who cares? People are overwhelmed
with their emotions. They are so happy to share the same feelings, and to form a
group (at last), or rather to be allowed to feel like a real people. But it won't last, because this "we" is fake. There is no common ground that could link the different elements of the fragmented French society. That's why a police state is appearing here.
The whole story is very depressing, so I want to think about my favorite utopia : Star Trek. It cheers me
Everything's good in that show:
positive male and female characters ; optimistic vision of the future ; characters driven by
the desire to participate to a decent society and the need to explore and expand
their knowledge, etc.
The people who imagined Star Trek
are the reason why I still think that our world is not completely doomed.
Here is a bunch of caricatures that I did for fun. I hope you'll enjoy them.
For more than 3 months, this blog has been dead. I didn't have any desire to draw about the subjects that I used to illustrate for HBR, because I needed to "digest" a couple of things.
But this year, I decided to revive it, like a Phoenix that resurrects from its own ashes.
Of course, it won't be the same. This blog won't be a simple extension of my work for HBR anymore. So, the big question for me is : should I focus on the things that anger me? Or should I focus on the things that make me happy?
I don't know what the tone of my future drawings will be, but I do know that they will be a lot more personnal.
As you may know, 5 French cartoonists/caricaturists have been shot yesterday by 2 fanatical Muslims... I'm not surprised at all. It was to be expected.
Even if I didn't share most of their ideas (they were a group of naive "gauchistes"), these men didn't deserve to be executed for their ideas and opinions. No one deserves that.
During the 80's, one of these drawers created a character called "Le Beauf" (a French version of the "heterosexual white male with a neck beard and a Fedora"). This character, supposed to be a representation of the typical French man, was racist (especially against Muslims), misogynist, alcoholic, violent, rude, etc.
He was the incarnation of everything these caricaturists hated (sounds familiar?).
When I've been asked to draw something about "successful relationships", I thought about what I know.
Couples having a good time while eating a good meal in a restaurant or a bistro, telling jokes to each other, relaxed.
I could have drawn a couple having wild sex (which would attract more people), but from my experience, "successful" relationships are those who, with time, add friendship to love.
I also made an other group drawing of the Honey Badgers (click on the pictures to enlarge them) :
Sometimes they think that showing their breasts is an act of courage (under the protection of male policemen).
Sometimes they claim to favor "equality" and "social justice", thinking that they are the good guys of the movie... but never mingle with lower class people, whom they despise.
Sometimes they wear Che Guevara's face printed on fancy and expensive T-shirts, like some magical item that provides "rebelness".
Sometimes they even lecture and shame those who do not share their mainstream rebellion...