TORONTO — Reactions to Wednesday’s shocking attack on French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo continue to flood social media — and many celebrities and comedians are sharing their thoughts.
Comedian Jim Norton tweeted several times with tongue firmly in cheek
“Guys, let’s not jump to conclusions,” he wrote. “We have NO idea why these murders happened. The last thing we need is Ben Affleck accusing us of racism.
“Blaming ‘one group’ is wrong. Cartoonists are routinely murdered by radicals in ALL religions. And remember, no conclusion jumping.”
Ricky Gervais also made several comments on Twitter.
“Blasphemy: A law to protect an all-powerful, supernatural deity from getting its feelings hurt,” he tweeted.
“Here’s to rational thought, truth, education, evidence & freedom of expression one day leading to peace on earth.”
Gervais later tweeted: “You could easily spot any Religion of Peace. Its extremist members would be extremely peaceful.”
Also weighing in was “God,” who shared an explanation of “terrorist logic” on Twitter.
“1. I am concerned about my religion’s negative reputation in the eyes of the world. 2. I will kill people in its name.”
God summed up his feelings in a single tweet:
It’s times like this I really wish I existed.
— God (@TheTweetOfGod) January 7, 2015
Here’s a look at what some other celebrities and comedians had to say:
Condemning attack is not enuf: unless U strongly endorse the right of anyone to make fun of any religion/prophet, U r not a moderate Muslim
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) January 7, 2015
Dear extremist nutjobs: if you truly believe your God is vengeful, then he will do all the work for you. Sit this one out. #JeSuisCharlie
— Keith Powell (@KeithPowell) January 7, 2015
Shootings at the French publication that made fun of Muhammad? This must be a mistake. Islam is a religion of peace.
— Jim Norton (@JimNorton) January 7, 2015
I’m a Mormon. People make fun of our Prophets all the time. We don’t hurt those people. #ChalieHebdo
— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) January 7, 2015
i have a lot of french cartoonists followers AND a lot of islamic extremist followers. so its hard for me to pick a side.
— Michael Che (@CheThinks) January 7, 2015
My heart goes so out to France and the writers hurt or killed. So horrible. Our thoughts are with you.
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) January 8, 2015
All of my prophets know how to take a joke.
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) January 7, 2015
jokes don’t kill people, people who don’t get jokes kill people.
— Laurie Kilmartin (@anylaurie16) January 7, 2015
Don’t act like you wouldn’t go on a commando killing spree if someone made a cartoon that hurt your feelie-weelies.
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) January 7, 2015
If I believed in an all-powerful God I’d also assume he could do his own murders.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 7, 2015
Paris! My heart goes out to you and everyone affected by this horrific attack. I love you all.
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) January 7, 2015
I can’t understand how we live in a world sadistic enough that people running a satirical magazine would be massacred. #ParisShooting
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) January 7, 2015
I am heartbroken by the loss of life and attack on freedom of expression. #JeSuisCharlie
— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) January 7, 2015
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 7, 2015
— Elijah Wood (@woodelijah) January 7, 2015
Paris est dans mon cœur aujourd’hui.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) January 7, 2015
I feel I must add my own small voice against the revolting attack in Paris. #jesuischarlie
— Craig Ferguson (@CraigyFerg) January 7, 2015
There are no words. How many times have we said that in the last few years? Religious war comes to the doors of our homes.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) January 7, 2015
— Gilles Marini (@GillesMarini) January 7, 2015
here are some options if you’re offended be a cartoon: a-don’t look at it. or b-make a funnier cartoon. killing people is not an option
— moby Ⓥ (@thelittleidiot) January 7, 2015
My heart goes out to the French people and the city of Paris on this horrible day. This is an attack on us all and we are with you.
— josh groban (@joshgroban) January 7, 2015
Je suis Charlie. Nous sommes avec vous. Vive La France. #CharlieHebdo
— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) January 7, 2015
So sorry to the people of France for what happened today in Paris. Scary & heartbreaking
— OneRepublic (@OneRepublic) January 7, 2015
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