People far and wide are reacting to the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices. Two gunmen opened fire in the office and on the street, killing the senior cartoonists, editors and police officers.
Jon Stewart opened his show last night with a somber tribute to those killed in the attack.
“Very few people go into comedy, you know, as an act of courage. Mainly because it shouldn’t have to be that, it shouldn’t be an act of courage, it should be taken as established law,” Stewart said. “Those guys at Hebdo had it, and they were killed — for their cartoons.”
He continued on, reminding people that satirizing a group should never make you the enemy. “Stark reminder that for the most part, the legislators and journalists and institutions that we jab and ridicule are not in any way the enemy. For however frustrating or outraged the back and forth can become, it’s still back and forth conversation amongst those on, let’s call it ‘team civilization,’ and this type of violence only clarifies that reality.”