Yesterday in Paris cartoonists and staffers at a satirical magazine called Charlie Hebdo were murdered in their offices by terrorists offended by a cartoon, leaving 12 dead. These are the facts in their barest form. And in an uncomfortable inverse of an old cliche, it’d be funny if it weren’t true.
Well, last night two comedians refused to make a funny out of this fucked up tragedy, and instead paid tribute to those who gave their lives trying to make others laugh. In his opening monologue on Conan, Conan O’Brien lamented, “In this country, we take it for granted it’s our right to poke fun at the untouchable or the sacred, but today’s tragedy in Paris reminds us, very viscerally, that it’s a right some people are inexplicably forced to die for.”
Jon Stewart on The Daily Show was at a loss for words, offering, “Our goal tonight is not to make sense of this, because there is no sense to be made of it. Our goal is to keep going.”
Our thoughts go out to the friends and families of those who died at Charlie Hebdo’s offices yesterday.
Over at Buzzfeed, they’ve collected art responding to yesterday’s bloody attempt to censor cartoonists. I suggest checking out the full collection, but this one seems best to highlight what Conan and Stewart agree on: