The first Charlie Hebdo cartoon aroused indignation: Two Italians are trying to decide between penne pasta with tomato sauce or au gratin, and eventually settle on lasagna stuffed with the bloodied bodies of people buried under the rubble of Amatrice. We’ll leave the indignation to those responsible for this distraction from the growing body count.
Certainly the cartoon in question is hateful. Or rather, it’s racist.
If the goal was to say that the earthquake in Italy left too many dead, the result is disappointing and unsuccessful.
Because there is a substantial difference between satire that mocks the powerful and sarcasm against the defeated and the vulnerable.