US Politics

Are free-wheeling cartoonists done for in our age of hyper-sensitivity?

BY David Waywell | tweet @DavidWaywell   /  3 May 2019

Another week, another cartoonist causing offence, this time over at the New York Times where last week Portuguese illustrator Antonio Soares depicted Donald Trump wearing sunglasses and a yarmulke, led by a guide dog resembling Benjamin Netanyahu. From its neck, hangs the Star of David.

The conceit is relatively innocuous: that the policies of Donald Trump’s administration are being directed by Netanyahu. That’s hardly a new observation and, in so far as it’s in the realm of politics, largely uncontroversial. And if that were all the cartoon was about, it would work.

But here’s the rub – the cartoonist has burdened the drawing with something more. The yarmulke isn’t a symbol of Israel but of Jewishness


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