Thursday, February 16, 2006
Leunig gets virgin for Anti-Semitic Cartoon?
Cartoonist Michael Leunig found himself in a tight spot when his best anti-Semitic cartoon was selected for the Iranian ‘payback’ free speech cartoon competition. At stake in the inter-continental cartoon slag-off contest were gold coins, supplied by a lovely Iranian philanthropist.
Leunig’s cartoon was entered by a lovely Australian larrikin – Richard Cooke. It was another case of one of the Chaser crew making trouble (yet again).
Leunig complains that it’s unfair he will get picked on just because his cartoon was picked for the finalists by the Mad Mullahs. Now, should we go easy on Leunig because of his misfortune? There is no doubt that the cartoon was attractive to them because they though it had been submitted by a high profile Author
However, there is no getting away from the fact that it was the creation of a high profile Author. And there is no getting away from the fact that it was a highly dubious cartoon.
This kind of puts the anti-Iraq thing in perspective, doesn’t it. Who’s thinking ‘cookie-cut-left-wing, pro-Arab, anti-Semitic, Fairfax reading, tosser’?
Your bed Michael, you can lay in it. Perhaps the philanthropist might send you a few virgins for your show of solidarity – even if the blow up was accidental.
Posted by Matt Johnson at 9:05 PM