Amerikanske aviser har generelt været tilbageholdende med at vise Jyllands-Postens karikaturer af Muhammed.
Og blandt "cartoonists" har der været delte meninger – såvel om JP's handlinger og om de danske tegneres rettigheder. Nogle af de amerikanske cartoonists har kritiseret JP-tegnerne for alene at være lavt betalte "illustratorer" – ikke rigtige politiske tegnere!
Nu går Art Spielgelman – amerikanske tegneseriers grand old man på banen. Spiegelman er blandt andet kendt for "Maus", der skildrede holocaust. Spiegelman forsvarer de danske tegnere i et interview med The Nation.
SPIEGELMAN: There has to be a right to insult. You can't always have polite discourse. Where I've had to do my soul-searching is articulating how I feel about the anti-Semitic cartoons that keep coming out of government-supported newspapers in Syria and beyond. And, basically, I am insulted. But so what? These visual insults are the symptom of the problem rather than the cause.
In 1897 politicians in New York State tried to make it a major offense to publish unflattering caricatures of politicians. They were part of a Tweed-like machine who didn't like insulting drawings published of themselves, so they spent months trying to get a bill passed and to make it punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to a year in prison.
SPIEGELMAN: It got killed. We have this thing called the First Amendment that was in better shape, maybe, then than now.