See the Moving Tributes to Charlie Hebdo by Conan, Stewart, Fey & Louis C.K.
Comedians Conan O'Brien and Jon Stewart used their shows last night to express solidarity with the cartoonists murdered at the Charlie Hebdo magazine office in Paris.
"In this country, we just take it for granted that it's our right to poke fun at the untouchable or the sacred. But today's tragedy in Paris reminds us, very viscerally, that it's a right that some people are inexplicably forced to die for," said O'Brien.
He said the tragedy "really hits home for anyone who, day in and day out, mocks political, social and religious figures."
Watch his comments below.
On "The Daily Show," Stewart made some emotional remarks, saying "our goal tonight is not to make sense of this because there is no sense to be made of this."
“I know very few people go into comedy as an act of courage, mainly because it shouldn’t have to be that. It shouldn’t be an act of courage, it should be taken as established law. But those guys at Hebdo had it and they were killed for their cartoons," he said.
Stewart added that no matter how frustrating political arguments become each day, they're all part of "a conversation amongst those on, let’s call it, ‘Team Civilization.’"
Jon Stewart: We are on 'team civilization' - Agreed.
— martha maccallum (@marthamaccallum) January 8, 2015
Watch Stewart's remarks below.
Comedian/actress Tina Fey spoke out as well, calling the attack "terrible, tragic and upsetting."
Speaking at an event in California, Fey said this event, along with the Sony cyber-attack over the "The Interview," prove how important it is to defend freedom of speech.
"[We] cannot back down on free speech in any way. We all have to stand firm on the issue of free speech.”
Meantime, comedian Louis C.K. took to the stage at a New York comedy show wearing a self-made tribute to the victims.
— Mike Ivers (@TheMikeIvers) January 8, 2015