Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Mad Magazine and Mohammad: UAE censors okay :: Gulf News
Satirical comic misunderstood, claims supplier
"They could be talking about any Mohammad, it is a common name," said the censor.

Perspective is everything.

My fears expressed earlier here, have been allayed. Quote:
The Mad Classics 2005 Yearbook included a satire of a piece of toast sold through an internet auction site, after the owner claimed the Virgin Mary's face was imprinted on it.
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The magazine mocked the news, sketching faces of religious figures into food, including "Mohammad in a Pancake." The comic also satirised the US army's reputation, running a mock advertisement for toy soldiers.

They included a Quran flusher, a soldier holding a book above a toilet. The figurine was in reference to a report, later retracted last year in Newsweek, that claimed US soldiers tried to flush a Quran down the toilet.
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A censor from the former Ministry of Information in Abu Dhabi said as long as pictures were not specifically captioned with the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), they would pass.

"They could be talking about any Mohammad, it is a common name," said the censor.

He added the book a soldier was holding over the toilet could not be considered the Quran. . .


Blogger samuraisam said...

people getting offended by mad magazine?, I find that offensive;
such an insult to the brilliant humour of yesteryear, I shall request my parents burn the big pile of MAD magazines sitting silently in the corner of my bedroom in Dubai.

In other news, I think i'm going to start marketing these to people in Dubai

12:58 AM  
Blogger Papadose said...

Is this the start of an unwanted downward spiral? We're in dangerous water's here. Once perspective is lost, all is lost.

10:21 AM  

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