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    Updated Jan 8, 2015

    Here's What British Satirists Had To Say In Response To The Charlie Hebdo Attack

    "Very little seems funny today."

    In response to the tragic Charlie Hebdo attack, British satirists, comedy writers, and comedians have spoken out against the attack against those "exercising their comic liberty".

    BuzzFeed News contacted some of the leading satirists in the country, and we have also included some of their tweets and quotes from interviews. Here's what they had to say.

    Martin Rowson

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    The above quote is from Rowson's powerful interview with the BBC, which can be seen here. He called on British cartoonists to donate cartoons to Charlie Hebdo.

    Graham Linehan

    The Father Ted writer told BuzzFeed News:

    I'm getting sick of the word "but". You frequently see it following the words "The attacks in Paris were terrible". There is no "but". The finger-wagging about irresponsible cartoonists is not only a dereliction of the duty to defend freedom of speech, but a betrayal of Ahmed Merabet, the Muslim policeman who was also killed yesterday.

    Actually, I am going to use a "but".

    It's said that good satire punches up, not down, and some of Charlie Hebdo's satire didn't seem to meet that requirement (although even that is hard to confidentially state without a grasp of French language and context), but that's not an excuse for murder and never will be, so snap out of it, and stick your "buts" up your butt.

    Steve Bell

    "Why are the fuckers still laughing at us?" Steve Bell on the Charlie Hebdo attack http://t.co/YCYRJ08979

    Ben Quinn@BenQuinn75Follow

    "Why are the fuckers still laughing at us?"

    Steve Bell on the Charlie Hebdo attack

    http://t.co/YCYRJ08979

    10:03 PM - 07 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Viz

    Viz

    Viz told BuzzFeed News: "Here's a cartoon about what a bunch of twats al-Qaeda are."

    Ian Martin

    BuzzFeed News approached the Thick of It writer for comment: he pointed us to a spoof Ladybird book by him and his brother.

    Dave Brown

    +++ Tomorrow's @Independent: +++

    Ian Hislop

    AP Photo

    Hislop directed BuzzFeed News to the statement he released yesterday.

    Matt

    Tomorrow's Matt cartoon http://t.co/szamuAE0Ps #CharlieHebdo

    The Telegraph@TelegraphFollow

    Tomorrow's Matt cartoon http://t.co/szamuAE0Ps #CharlieHebdo

    9:58 PM - 07 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The Daily Mash

    thedailymash.co.uk

    The Daily Mash ran this spoof story.

    Nigel Auchterlounie

    Michael Deacon

    The Telegraph's sketchwriter pointed BuzzFeed News to his piece today on the issue. In it, he writes:

    Here's a theory. Terrorists aren't offended by cartoons. Not even cartoons that satirise the Prophet Muhammad. They don't care about satire. For all I know they may not even care about the Prophet Muhammad.

    Instead, they merely pretend to be offended by cartoons, in order to give themselves a pretext to commit murder.

    Deacon argues that today's events are "beyond satire", and that the terrorists "won't 'win' if we fail to reproduce cartoons. I think the terrorists 'win' if we leap up, gulp down their bait – and hate Muslims."

    Dara Ó Briain

    The most eloquent responses to today's tragedy have come from the cartoonists. #JeSuisCharlie RT @MaximeHaes

    Dara Ó Briain@daraobriainFollow

    The most eloquent responses to today's tragedy have come from the cartoonists. #JeSuisCharlie RT @MaximeHaes

    9:22 PM - 07 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Tiernan Douieb

    Azza Suliman / Via tiernandouieb.co.uk

    Shappi Khorsandi

    'You don't hate...only the unloved hate...the unloved and the unnatural' Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator.

    Shappi Khorsandi@ShappiKhorsandiFollow

    'You don't hate...only the unloved hate...the unloved and the unnatural' Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator.

    1:06 PM - 07 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Emanuele Pavarotti

    James Walmesley

    Well, today's #doodleaday was a no-brainer... #JeSuisCharlie

    Jamesuary@RteeFufkinFollow

    Well, today's #doodleaday was a no-brainer... #JeSuisCharlie

    9:17 PM - 07 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Omid Djalili

    This via @LatuffCartoons says it all. A bullet blows off the crescent moon on the mosque

    Omid Djalili@omid9Follow

    This via @LatuffCartoons says it all. A bullet blows off the crescent moon on the mosque

    11:47 AM - 08 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Mark Thomas

    Bad bad day for press freedom, freedom of expression and satire. Thoughts with relatives of victims at #CharlieHebdo

    Mark Thomas@markthomasinfoFollow

    Bad bad day for press freedom, freedom of expression and satire.

    Thoughts with relatives of victims at #CharlieHebdo

    12:29 PM - 07 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    BuzzFeed News will be updating this post as we receive more statements.

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