French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, has come under fire over it’s most recent front page depicting a cartoon of The Queen kneeling on The Duchess of Sussex’s in a twisted parody of the death of George Floyd.
George Floyd died after Minneapolis Police Officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for nine minutes.
The French magazine published the caricature of Her Majesty and The Duchess of Sussex on the front page with the headline, ‘Why Meghan left Buckingham Palace.’ A speech bubble from Meghan then reads, “Because I couldn’t breathe.”
#CharlieHebdo, this is wrong on every level. The Queen as #GeorgeFloyd‘s murderer crushing Meghan’s neck? #Meghan saying she’s unable to breathe? This doesnt push boundaries, make anyone laugh or challenge #racism. It demeans the issues & causes offence, across the board. pic.twitter.com/ptNXs8RtuS
— Dr Halima Begum (@Halima_Begum) March 13, 2021
The front cover has been met with fury with many calling it “utterly appalling” with many accusing the magazine of mocking George Floyd’s death as well as The Duchess of Sussex’s racism claims.
Dr Halima Begum, CEO of anti-racism think-tank the Runnymede Trust, tweeted, “Charlie Hebdo, this is wrong on every level. The Queen as George Floyd’s murderer crushing Meghan’s neck? This doesn’t push boundaries, make anyone laugh or challenge racism. It demeans the issues and causes offence, across the board.”
This is not the first time Charlie Hebdo has been criticised for its caricatures and has in the past taken aim at the Prophet Mohammed.