Tasteless joke? Charlie Hebdo cites the death of Muhammad Ali to mock Benzema

Tasteless joke? Charlie Hebdo cites the death of Muhammad Ali to mock Benzema
Photo:Charlie Hebdo

The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has published a controversial cartoon on the cover of its latest issue mocking the absence of France and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

The cover features a black character running down the pitch in a closed coffin and boxing gloves.

The print accompanying the image reads: “Deschamps, racist!” “He did not select Muhammad Ali for Euro 2016!”.

Charlie_Hebdo_Muhammad_AliDidier Deschamps has been the target of several accusations for leaving the Algerian origin attacker Benzema out of the list of French national team for the European Championship currently underway in France.

The former striker Eric Cantona, for example, gave an interview in which he said that Didier Deschamps may have left out Benzema due to his ethnic backgrounds.

Benzema has himself accused Deschamps of “bowing to the pressure of a racist part of France”.

While the context is clear, many have taken to social media to vent their disgust at the Magazine’s “tasteless” and “appalling” sense of humour.

Charlie Hebdo has a history of publishing controversial material, especially related to Islam.

Just over a year ago, a group of terrorists stormed the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo killing 12 and injuring 11 in response to the Magazine’s publications of images of the prophet of Islam, Mohammed, of whom Islam strictly prohibits any depictions.

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