Jordan’s Queen Rania has responded to a controversial cartoon by French newspaper Charlie Hebdo in a manner that reflects best her character: Compassion, style and grandeur.
The satirical weekly last week published a cartoon depicting two pig-like men with their tongues hanging out chasing two terrified women.
An insert at the top the cartoon contains the drawing of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose heartbreaking photo, lying dead face-down on a beach, became a potent symbol of the crisis of the refugees seeking shelters in Europe.
The question next to Aylan’s drawing was: “What would little Aylan have grown up to be?” The answer at the bottom was: “Ass groper in Germany”, referencing the New Year’s Eve sex attacks in the German city of Cologne.
The cartoon was widely condemned by several media figures and activists as overtly racist and outrageously shocking, particularly that Charlie Hebdo had already misused the image of the drowned Aylan for “disgusting” satire when Europeans displayed sympathy for Syrian refugees.
However, Queen Rania opted for a different approach to express her rejection of the cartoon and its message.
On Friday, she posted her own sketch on Twitter, using the iconic image of the drowned Aylan and drawings of him as a child happily playing, as a student and as doctor. At the top was the same question as Charlie Hebdo’s “What would little Aylan have grown up to be?”
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