Molly Norris created a cartoon in support of South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker depicting household items (tea cup, spool of thread, pasta box, etc.) as items stating that they were the real Prophet Mohammed – a spoof of the South Park episode that depicted Mohammed in a bear suit. The cartoon suggested a “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!” The cartoon quickly went viral; May 20th has been set aside as “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!;” and a website real website cacah.org (pronouced ‘ca ca’) has been created.
Now Molly is distancing herself from the cause she unintentionally created. On her website Molly pulled the original cartoon and posted the following message:
I make cartoons about current, cultural events. I made a cartoon of a fictional ‘poster’ entitled “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!” with a nonexistent group’s name – Citizens Against Citizens Against Humor – drawn on the cartoon. It was in specific response to the recent censoring of a South Park episode, a desire to bring home the importance of the first amendment. I did not intend for my cartoon to go viral. I did not intend to be the focus of any ‘group’. This particular cartoon has struck a gigantic nerve, something I was totally unprepared for.
Personally I can feel afraid of Muslims because I really have no idea if in their hearts they hate non-Muslims. There are so many interpretations of the religion that I hear told – sometimes it is a very extreme translation (that’s the scary part, the radicals that believe that Westerners should die), then at other times it sounds more peaceful.
I hope for the sake of this country that moderate Muslims will speak out with everyone else against any violent members of that or any other religion. That way I would know that there is a difference. Maybe this cartoon I made, this fictional poster of “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!” had such a wildfire effect because it is finally time for Muslims and non-Muslims to understand one another more.
According to Comics Riff, a Facebook page has been created to spread the word about the date. As of this writing it has over 2,400 “attendees.” A similar “Ban Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” now has over 1,600.