After 12 people were killed in an armed attack on the Paris headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, those in Hollywood and the creative community have spoken out in solidarity with the magazine, espousing the values of free speech in the process.
Many have echoed the recent threats against Seth Rogen and James Franco’s “The Interview,” including Tina Fey, who commented on the deadly shooting at the Television Critics Press Tour.
“Obviously this is terrible and tragic and upsetting,” she said. “It makes you remember how important free speech is and must be defended. We all must stand firm on issue of free speech.”
“We are Americans,” she went on. “Even if it’s just dumb jokes in ‘The Interview,’ we have the right to make them.”
Fey, co-host of this weekend’s Golden Globes ceremony with Amy Poehler, was addressing questions at the TCA panel as producer of Netflix’s upcoming show “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
She also has a war comedy currently in development titled “The Taliban Shuffle.” The Paramount film, produced by “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels, is based on Kim Barker’s memoir, “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” which recounts her years as a journalist in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2002.
Meanwhile, Bill Maher wrote on Twitter that condemning Wednesday’s Charlie Hebdo attack was “not enough.”
“Unless you strongly endorse the right of anyone to make fun of any religion/prophet,” he added. “You are not a moderate Muslim.”
Maher wasn’t alone in condemning the attack and highlighting the role of film and TV in fighting against terror.
Many actors and high-profile creatives took to Twitter to voice distress and support for Charlie Hebdo as candlelight vigils were held throughout France late Wednesday. Paying homage to the victims, thousands of demonstrators called for the protection of freedom of speech and holding placards reading “Je suis Charlie” (“I Am Charlie”).