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posted by [personal profile] legionseagle at 07:29am on 12/01/2015
Oh, that annoyed me, too. Plus, it really missed the non-literal dimension of "Je suis Charlie" ("WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO BE CHARLIE? CHARLIE IS A RACIST TROLL" the author demanded). It's as if she'd said, "Look, Dr Donne, aren't you missing the point here? Clods are washed away from Europe all the time and you never complained about the problem of coastal erosion until it suited your agenda to do so. Also, the bell isn't tolling for me because, first, I'm not dead and, second, the guy it is tolling for was kind of a jerk."

Je suis Charlie because if you start saying "Well, these guys were shot at their desks while going about their daily job in an office in a European capital not in a war zone but look what they were doing in that office!" it sounds uncannily like "Well, what was she doing on that late bus in that skirt having had a few, anyway?"
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posted by [personal profile] azdak at 12:03pm on 12/01/2015
She doesn't seem to have any grasp of metaphor whatsoever - "paper bullets" are bullets, therefore they kill just like real bullets; if you say "the pen is mightier than the sword" that means pens are actual weapons you can behead people with; and if you say "Je suis Charlie" you're saying you're a French magazine full of cartoons she (from a position of total ignorance) disapproves of.

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