French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has come under fire after releasing its latest controversial cover.
The cover shows a cartoon of Queen Elizabeth II kneeling on Meghan Markle’s neck, invoking the death of George Floyd.
Halima Begum, CEO of race equality think tank the Runnymede Trust, slammed the cartoon, saying that it was “wrong on every level”.
“#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,” she said on Twitter.
The cover image cartoon came days after Prince Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Is this the free speech that Charlie Hebdo is so passionate about? Racism, disrespect and offence passed off as satire? I’m sorry but no Je suis for me. This is nothing but racist bigotry and inciting hate. Do better with your platform and grow up. pic.twitter.com/Id6hL53p2G
— Yasmeen (@yasminnoir) March 13, 2021