Monday, January 12, 2015

"Humor Has Become a Profession at Risk"

By Gemma Cleanslate

 "L'humour est devenu une profession a risque."
The group Je Suis Charlie: Ce groupe est pour expirmer la solidarité avec les victimes du la tuerie dans les bureaux de l'hebdomadaire satirique Charlie Hebdo à Paris le 7 Janvier 2015. "This group is to  express our solidarity with the victims of the shooting at the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. on January 7, 2015."
Saturday and Sunday morning I spent some time standing at the Je Suis Charlie memorial in Second Life, in the  Paris sims, along with many others. Sunday it took a while to get into the main sim. I spent some time waiting in the next region until there was room. This was at the same hour as the massive gathering in Paris. It felt like a good thing to do. 
People from all over the world sent their regrets in to all in the Je Suis Charlie group chat and in the local chat, many in English , most in French. But the camaraderie was there and messages of support and peace. Several Muslims made their sympathies and brotherhood with all the mourners known too..” Not in my name”! Of course there were a few trolls with unfriendly comments but they were quickly dismissed by the participants. 
Many cartoons of support were posted near the photo of some of the murdered cartoonists.  Flowers and candles have been placed on the ground in front of the photo. This is temporary memorial but there will be a permanent one placed somewhere on the regions . If you would like to pay respects and view the memorial it will be here for a few more days I believe. 
I was glad to be there in support. 
Gemma Cleanslate

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