German Satirical Magazine Adds to Islam Controversy
Berlin. A German satirical magazine has entered the spirit of the row over an anti-Islam film made in the United States and publication by a French weekly of caricatures of the prophet Muhammad.
Titanic presented the front page of its October edition showing a photo montage of Bettina Wulff, wife of former German president Christian Wulff, being embraced by a Muslim fighter wearing a turban and brandishing a dagger.
The headline says: “West Rises Up: Bettina Wulff Makes Film About Muhammad.”
The magazine, which prints 100,000 copies a month, comes out on September 28.
Editor Leo Fischer said in an interview with weekly Der Spiegel: “Now Muhammad is on everybody’s lips and we are reacting.”
Bettina Wulff, who does not shirk media attention, has been in the news over the past few days after publication of her autobiography in which she denied stories that have swirled about an alleged previous life suggesting she worked as call girl under the pseudonym “Lady Viktoria”.
Titanic gave its backing to French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, but decided not to publish its caricatures that have caused a storm in the Muslim world.
Leaders of France’s Muslim community — the largest in western Europe — said an appeal for calm would be read in mosques across the country on Friday but also condemned Charlie Hebdo for publishing “insulting” images.