Charlie Hebdo: Does it take courage to be a comedian in this day and age?

  • It is a tragedy

    In this day and age comedians and comics need to be more alert than ever. With ever increasing threats just making a joke can lead to horrible consequences. The killing in Paris is an incredible jolt to those who had forgotten that in other countries that is all it takes to lose your life.

  • It has always taken courage, but the urgency is more pronounced today

    It has always taken courage to be a comedian, but the urgency is more pronounced today. With the rapid and wide ranging access to information through technology, publications are widely read and media is widely watched, resulting in an increase in the chance extremists could see satirical content. We must support and encourage journalists and comedians to continue to be courageous.

  • Yes, it takes courage to be a comedian

    As many people know, comedy is often a vehicle for very serious and/or very poignant social or political commentary, which of course brings its own form of risk. That being the case, it does take a certain amount of courage to engage in comedy of this sort. Obviously we've recently seen a very chilling example of this situation.

  • Yes it does

    I think that it does when you are doing articles and comics like he was. The stuff they were posting was very controversial and they knew that. It should have never happened, but they certainly needed to upgrade on security if they were posting things about Muslims when the extremists are going crazy right now.

  • Comics always face challenges.

    Comedians always serve as the barometer of society. Differences between classes, political parties and religions will always exist. The comedian's job is to always make us look at it in a different light. Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and Chris Rock have always challenged the issues of their time. It is their responsibility.

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