The furor over the Danish cartoons has provoked a wide variety of responses from the media and from artists. Several European publications not only reprinted the original cartoons, but published new cartoon portraits of Mohammed as well. Many professional and amateur artists have also been inspired to fashion their own satirical portraits of Mohammed as a statement about freedom of speech. (The contemporary depictions of Mohammed on this page are for the most part respectful, neutral, or at most mildly satirical. To see new Mohammed portraits that are intentionally direspectful and/or obscene, go to the Extreme Mohammed page.)
Filibuster cartoons featured a comic that pointedly exposed the hypocrisy of the Islamic response.
(Hat tip: Ole and Benjamin.)
On February 1, France Soir newspaper published this cartoon on its cover, caricaturing Mohammed equally with other religious figures. The artist Delize drew another similar cartoon as well.
(Hat tip: Gathers and etienne.)
On February 3, Le Monde newspaper published this cartoon by artist Plantu on its front page -- a drawing of Mohammed composed of sentences that say "Je ne dois pas dessiner Mahomet," or "I must not draw Mohammed."
(Hat tip: John, Erik, and Breteuil.)
In May of 2006, Harper's magazine finally got around to reprinting the original 12 Mohammed cartoons, along with an article by Art Spiegelman -- who also created this updated portrait of Mohammed (in the center) based on one of the 12 cartoons, surrounded by racist stereotypes -- somehow implying that the depiction of Mohammed is a racial issue, not a religious and free speech issue. Several blogs gave extensive coverage to the story, including Michelle Malkin and Nordish, among others.
(Hat tip: Killgore Trout.)
Slate cartoonist Jack Higgins drew this cartoon of Mohammed responding violently to the Pope's suggestion that Islam is violent -- with a riff on the old aphorism, "If Mohammed can not go to the mountain, then the mountain must come to Mohammed."
(Hat tip: Ted K.)
In the nation of Sweden there is a contemporary urban folk custom of placing in the center of "roundabouts" (the circular traffic islands in the middle of major intersections) whimsical homemade sculptures representing pet dogs. The sculptures, which are fairly commonplace in Sweden, are called "roundabout dogs" (rondellhund in Swedish). In the summer of 2007, Swedish artist Lars Vilks made some paintings of Mohammed as a roundabout dog; after they were rejected by two art galleries wary of controversy, a sketch based on one of the paintings ended up being published in a small local Swedish newspaper, Nerikes Allehanda. Incredibly, this ignited an international furor, with protests, diplomatic quarrels, and threats of violence. The original sketch, seen above, was also posted on Vilks' blog.
(Hat tips: Martin H., Jonathan R., Gilles C., Politically Incorrect Lib, Raafat.)
In early August of 2006, at a Copenhagen social gathering of the anti-immigrant Danish People's Party (DPP, or Dansk Folkeparti in Danish), drunken young revelers staged an impromptu Mohammed cartoon-drawing contest, probably as a satire of the original Mohammed cartoon contest sponsored by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten several months earlier. Danish artist Martin Rosengaard Knudsen, who had infiltrated the DPP in order to gather evidence of what he felt was the party's "extremist" beliefs, videotaped the contest and gave the tape to a local Danish television station, which broadcast it. This picture shows one of the cartoons in the process of being drawn. (Click on it to view the video.) To simply view a clear jpeg of this image without the video, click here.
Although the contest was nothing more than a drinking party game, the tape of the raucous evening caused a minor scandal in Denmark, where the DPP has been growing in popularity. The tape -- edited into several short segments -- had also been posted on YouTube, but all the segments were subsequently taken offline once various blogs started focusing on them. Luckily, I had already downloaded copies, so you can click on each of the screenshots shown on this page to see the videos from which they were taken. (Some of the videos have now apparently been re-uploaded, but in case they are later taken offline as well, I will use my own versions here to be sure.) This picture seems to show Mohammed as an allegorical defecating camel (click here to see the jpeg without the words "Click to play" on it.)
Here are two close-ups of the cartoon shown in the first picture; click the image on the left to watch the video (or here to see the plain jpeg). There were originally over ten video segments in all visible on YouTube before they were taken offline; the three shown here were the most interesting.
Two of the videos, along with another screenshot and more info about the political fallout in Denmark, can be found on the "Tabooh" blog. Additional screenshots can be viewed at Riehl World View, and a roundup of links on this incident can be found at Hot Air.
The Norwegian newspaper Adresseavisenran this cartoon on June 3, 2008 as a commentary on the continuing violence in the Muslim world over the Mohammed cartoons. The text on his chest translates as: "I am Muhammed and nobody dares to print me."
(Hat tip: Luuk.)
Another cartoon posted on the same HerbeDeProvence site mocks Mohammed as a failed stand-up comedian. The title reads, "Mohammed, an unjustly ignored comedian." Mohammed is saying a quote historically attributed to him, "Any Jew who falls under your hand, kill him."
"Muhammad and Sam," a drawing by artist Andrew Lavin, appeared on the Real Politiks blog in February, 2008.
(Hat tip: Fenris)
This variation on the turban-bomb Mohammed appeared on the ISLAM & Graphic blog, and is apparently a commentary on the Koranic commandment that it is allowable to enslave and then rape women during wartime.
(Hat tip: Francesca C.)
This Russian cartoon, titled "Pigs of War," shows Mohammed holding a banner that says at top (in Russian) "Islam = Peace", and then in smaller letters, "(for the world's public opinion)" -- while leading a herd of pigs labeled "Al Qaeda," "Hamas," "Hezbollah," etc. Mohammd is telling them "Attack, my children, attack!" The caption in the upper left corner says "Two-faced Mohammed. "
(Thanks to Nikki N. and Greg)
This black-light painting of a kitschy evil Elvis-Mohammed was created by the team at Velvet Prophet.
(To get a version that doesn't have the "Copy" watermark on it, you'd have to buy one of the Velvet Prophet paintings or t-shirts.)
(Hat tip: Killgore Trout.)
"Mohammed -- Seconds before his destruction," is the title of this anonymous allegorical montage. A full-size version can be viewed here.
Dutch artist Gregorius Nekschot created this new Mohammed cartoon (one of many by Nekschot) as a response to the Danish cartoon crisis.
The board of Finnish culture magazine Kaltiofired its editor
for publishing a five-panel comic about Mohammed; the first panel is shown here, and the other four are visible in the linked article. (High-resolution versions can be downloaded here.) Editor Jussi Vilkkuna was told to leave after he refused to remove the cartoons from the publication's website as requested by the magazine's board of directors. He served as editor for almost seven years.
(Hat tip: Paul B., nord, Tuomas H., and Martin.)
Danish cartoonist Ivar Gjørup created this gruesome update of a classic '50s comic called "Crazy Cartoonist" (or, literally, "Crazy Penciller") in which the hero's drawings came to life as he drew them. In this version, a shaved-headed image that's apparently supposed to be Mohammed finally cuts off the head of the cartoonist who drew him -- a subtle commentary that either suggests the threat from extremists is real, or alternately that we are creating the threat ourselves. The caption reads "The Crazy Cartoonist's Last Work." More info on the drawing can be found at Gateway Pundit.
A series of Mohammed sketches accompany a satirical "interview" with Mohammed in a pdf document entitled "Cartoon Bob Interviews the Prophet!" created and circulated on the Web in 2006 after the Danish cartoon furor. This sample image is taken from the document.
"Married to Children," a parody of the TV sitcom "Married with Children," lampoons Mohammed's marriage to the 6-year-old Aisha. It circulated extensively on the Web in the months after the 2006 cartoon crisis.