EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Molly Norris, Artist Behind “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day”

Seattle artist Molly Norris may best be known outside of the Emerald City as she who spawned worldwide controversy after creating “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day.” The even, in which everyday people were to draw cartoon depictions of the Islamic prophet and post them online created a worldwide furor, culminating in many fatwas being placed on Miss Norris. You know, reasonable fatwas, like: Find her and give her a good scolding; Wag your finger in her direction most disapprovingly. Or, of course, DEATH!!!!!

This past week, Norris was forced to go completely undercover after Al Qaeda threatened her life. She has relocated and even changed her name. Not a great thing for artists, who often make money off of name recognition.

Luckily, being also a Seattleite, I was able to score this final interview with Norris shortly before she fled for the safety of … wherever.

PHOTO REDACTED DUE TO THREAT OF VIOLENT MUSLIM BACKLASH

CIR: Thank for meeting with me, Molly. I know times are tough. What has your life been like these past few months?

MN: [ANSWER REDACTED DUE TO THREATS OF VIOLENT MUSLIM BACKLASH]

CIR: Wow! That’s a fascinating answer. I’m sure my readers will be quoting that for decades. Let’s start at the beginning. What gave you the idea for “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day?”

MN: [ANSWER REDACTED DUE TO THREATS OF VIOLENT MUSLIM BACKLASH]

CIR: Indeed. And you felt strongly about expressing freedom of speech, yes?

MN: [ANSWER REDACTED DUE TO THREATS OF VIOLENT MUSLIM BACKLASH]

CIR: Wow. When did you first realize things were going pear-shaped?

MN: [ANSWER REDACTED DUE TO THREATS OF VIOLENT MUSLIM BACKLASH]

CIR: That’s awful. Of course, you know Christians had the same reaction to South Park when Jesus was depicted in a mocking manner.

MN: [ANSWER REDACTED DUE TO THREATS OF VIOLENT MUSLIM BACKLASH]

CIR: You’re right. They so totally didn’t. Thought I’d try to sneak one past you there. When did you receive your first threat?

MN: [ANSWER REDACTED DUE TO THREATS OF VIOLENT MUSLIM BACKLASH]

CIR: And the threats remained posted, even on Facebook, though the “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day” page was taken down as hate speech. How did you feel about that double standard?

MN: [ANSWER REDACTED DUE TO THREATS OF VIOLENT MUSLIM BACKLASH]

CIR: In your opinion, does the double standard exist because liberals are anti-Christian? Or are they simply complete and utter pansies who will back down at the first hint of intimidation?

MN: [ANSWER REDACTED DUE TO THREATS OF VIOLENT MUSLIM BACKLASH]

CIR: Yes. I think so, too. When the flack of “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day” started to get ugly, you tried to distance yourself from the movement. You even encouraged people to not participate. As I understand it, it wasn’t your intention to offend people, just to get others involved defending freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Correct?

MN: [ANSWER REDACTED DUE TO THREATS OF VIOLENT MUSLIM BACKLASH]

CIR: And yet, even though you apologized and denounced the even that was originally your idea, radical Muslims the world over are calling for your death. Do you think that’s fair?

MN: [ANSWER REDACTED DUE TO THREATS OF VIOLENT MUSLIM BACKLASH]

CIR: I thought you might say that. Has the FBI or the Department of Homeland Security offered you assistance, or are you on your own on this one?

MN: [ANSWER REDACTED DUE TO THREATS OF VIOLENT MUSLIM BACKLASH]

CIR: Well, that’s good, at least. What will your new life be like? Will you be allowed to see family members? Are they in danger, too?

MN: [ANSWER REDACTED DUE TO THREATS OF VIOLENT MUSLIM BACKLASH]

CIR: I see. And, an artist’s work is something like a fingerprint, no? If you’ve developed a particular style, will you have to completely change your art to avoid detection?

MN: [ANSWER REDACTED DUE TO THREATS OF VIOLENT MUSLIM BACKLASH]

CIR: Bummer. A whole life building a name, a style and a following: all gone. What do you think you might do with your time?

MN: [ANSWER REDACTED DUE TO THREATS OF VIOLENT MUSLIM BACKLASH]

CIR: [laughs] Excellent! I’m sure we all look forward to that. Of course, no one will know it’s you, will they?

MN: [ANSWER REDACTED DUE TO THREATS OF VIOLENT MUSLIM BACKLASH]

CIR: No need to get saucy. What has this situation taught you about taking a stand and exercising your God given, Constitutionally protected rights?

MN: [ANSWER REDACTED DUE TO THREATS OF VIOLENT MUSLIM BACKLASH]

CIR: Very well said! Thank you so much, Ms. Norris, for taking the time out to meet with me. I know everyone will appreciate your views. Thank God we live in America, where our President, the Department of Homeland Security and our state officials will protect your safety and your right to continue speaking out.

MN: [ANSWER REDACTED DUE TO THREATS OF VIOLENT MUSLIM BACKLASH]

CIR: Hmm… Perhaps I won’t tell Barack you said that.

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Comments
2 Responses to “EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Molly Norris, Artist Behind “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day””
  1. DCG says:

    Ah, the “religion of peace”…

  2. bteacher99 says:

    Sad, but true, and the way you presented it, good for a chuckle. Then it goes back to being sad, but true.

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