Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Luz says he's tired of drawing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad and won't be doing it anymore.
The cartoonist, who has become one of the satirical magazine's key artists after a terrorist attack killed 11 people in January, including eight of the magazine's staffers, said in an interview with the French magazine Les Inrockuptibles
that the subject "doesn't appeal to [me] anymore."
The interview and Luz's announcement came just days before his magazine's cartoonists are to receive a much-protested PEN America's Freedom of Expression Courage award. Six novelists out of dozens being honored, reports Mediaite,
say they're boycotting the gala, set for May 5, because they think Charlie Hebdo is guilty of cultural intolerance.
"A hideous crime was committed, but was it a freedom-of-speech issue for PEN America to be self-righteous about?" novelist Peter Carey told The New York Times.
Luz said he's let Muhammad go, just as he did former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, whom he used to skewer with his artwork.
The cartoonist drew the first Charlie Hebdo cover published after the terrorist attacks, showing a crying Muhammad
holding a sign saying, "All is forgiven."
The cartoon still drew complaints from the Muslim community, as Islam forbids the depiction of Muhammad in works of art.
Sandy Fitzgerald has more than three decades in journalism and serves as a general assignment writer for Newsmax covering news, media, and politics.
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