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

"Very little seems funny today."

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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.

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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

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Dave Brown

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

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

Nigel Auchterlounie

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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

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

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Emanuele Pavarotti

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Pavarotti submitted this to BuzzFeed News. She is now an animator at Blue Sky Studios in New York, but for four years she was an animator at Moving Picture Company and Double Negative in Soho, London.

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

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