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Washignton: An American cartoonist whose work inspired the outrageous page about Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) on Facebook has condemned the effort and issued an apology to Muslims.
Molly Norris, of Seattle, drew a cartoon in April to protest the decision by the US television channel Comedy Central to cancel an episode of the popular show “South Park” over its offensive depiction of the Last Prophet.
In her cartoon, Norris satirically proposed May 20 as day to draw profane cartoons about the Prophet. The page quickly turned up on Facebook but Norris, writing on her website at mollynorris.com, said she had nothing to do with it.
She said her idea was satire but “was taken seriously, hijacked and made viral.”
“I never started a Facebook page; I never set up any place for people to send drawings to and I never received any drawings,” she said.
“I apologize to people of Muslim faith and ask that this ‘day’ be called off,” she said.
The outrageous page has led to Facebook being blocked in Pakistan and sparked angry protests and condemnation from the Foreign Ministry, which denounced the “publication of blasphemous caricatures of our Holy Prophet.”
A rival Facebook page started to oppose the caricature page had drawn some 100,000 fans.
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