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Many celebrities took to Twitter yesterday to join in on the #jesuischarlie hashtag (“I am Charlie” in French) and support the magazine, the families of the victims and the French nation.
The attack, which claimed 12 lives, ensued after Charlie Hebdo issued one of their controversial covers, this time featuring the prophet Mohammad in a derisive manner. The magazine and its editor in chief have been receiving death threats for a while before this happened.
Many public figures, such as Salman Rushdie, J.K. Rowling, Mark Ruffalo and Albert Brooks, expressed their sadness and outrage over the tragic shooting and their support in the battle for freedom of expression.
Kumail Nanjiani posted a picture of a Muslim and a cartoonist passionately kissing, saying “Love is stronger than hate.” Rob Delaney made a bitter joke on his Twitter account, writing “Don’t act like you wouldn’t go on a commando killing spree if someone made a cartoon that hurt your feelie-weelies,” while Elijah Wood wrote “My thoughts are with the victims and their families in Paris. #CharlieHebdo #JeSuisCharlie.”
.@umesh110168 Yes. When you commit murder because somebody says things you dislike you cross the frontier between civilisation & barbarity.
— Salman Rushdie (@SalmanRushdie) January 7, 2015