>US cartoonist disavows page


Washington: An American cartoonist whose work inspired the controversial “Everybody Draw Muhammad Page” on Facebook has condemned the effort and issued an apology to Muslims.
Molly Norris, of Seattle, drew a cartoon in April to protest the decision by the US television channel Comedy Central to cancel an episode of the popular show “South Park” over its depiction of the Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit.
In her cartoon, Norris satirically proposed May 20 as an “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day.” An “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” page quickly turned up on Facebook but Norris, writing on her website at mollynorris.com, said she had nothing to do with it. “I did not ‘declare’ May 20 to be “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day,” she said, adding that her idea was satire but “was taken
seriously, hijacked and made viral.”
“I never started a Facebook page; I never set up any place for people to send drawings to and I never received any drawings,” she said. “The vitriol this ‘day’ has brought out, of people who only want
to draw obscene images, is offensive to Muslims who did nothing to endanger our right to expression in the first place,” she said.
“I apologise to people of Muslim faith and ask that this ‘day’
be called off,” she said.
The Facebook page on Tuesday had drawn over 89,000 fans — and a slew of crude photo-shopped pictures and caricatures. Among the dozens of pictures and drawings submitted to the Facebook page are depictions of a man in Arab garb engaged in sexual acts, blowing things up or portrayed as a pig, an animal considered unclean by Muslims. AGENCIES

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