Is this cartoon racist?

Yesterday the Marlborough Express ran a cartoon, there are some who think it is racist.

Hilary Barry thinks it is.

So does Maiki Sherman.

Ben Hurley, who likes to hurl filthy jokes around thinks it is racist too.

What do readers think? 

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  • LesleyNZ

    No. There are all colours in this cartoon.

  • Justsayn

    Ageist (the old couple doing the same)?

    If they main characters were depicted as mulleted white p-addicts would it be racist?

    We hear plenty about Maori being disproportionately represented in all of the bad stats, if you were draw this cartoon who would you cast as the main characters?

    Rangi? If you think it is racist then would it still be so if the main characters were white and the blurb made reference to a new holden and some P?

  • Red

    I note the Gingas are overly represented.

    • Agent BallSack

      Unfortunately in the cartoon and the population.

  • spollyike

    So it wouldn’t be racist if the adults wanting beers and smokes were Pakeha?, Chinese? Indian? no, only if they are (part-maadi)…

    Give me a fucking break, thats reverse racism against anyone that’s not a part-maadi right there!!

    Guess we aren’t all equal then.

    Hate crime legislation won’t be far away now.

    What a bunch of fucking cry babies the poor part-maardi’s are.

    Seriously this country gets more fucked in the head everyday!

    • manuka416

      Watch out for that hate crime legislation spollyike, it’ll get ya. You and Hone Harawira – cut from the same cloth.

      • spollyike

        Far from it Manuka or should i say Hone…

        • manuka416

          You got me, comrade ;)

          • spollyike

            Yesss!! (pumps fist).

          • manuka416

            You made me laugh. Vote up.

      • Meg

        Given Hone’s past comments on white people, he can take is self righteous indignation and cram it.

        • Dave

          Geez Meg you must have a fantastic memory to remember all those log on and password combinations!! However, for once I agre with you, Mr Hatfield is indeed racist.

    • unsol

      Not sure about the bulk of your comment re reverse racism, but “Seriously this country gets more fucked in the head everyday” – couldn’t agree more.

      It isnt about assuming that all Maori & PI are making bad choices, it is about stating that those whose kids turn up to school hungry are. They are useless egg/sperm donors who continue to make bad choices to the detriment of their own & their child/ren’s emotional & physical health. This is not racism – Maori & PI are perfectly capable of making better choices, just cold hard facts that most don’t. Our stats back this up via data coming out of all aspects of our public system – police, corrections, welfare, health, education.

      • Chad Chambers

        It too agree with spolly’s comment but it’s because of angry and divisive attitudes like his that the country is heading down hill.

        If hate crime legislation was to be introduced, some of the posters on this blog would have to take a serious look at themselves. The whole blog would be in danger, I think.

        • unsol

          Chad chambers your syntax is awfully familiar….

          Hate crime legislation – disagree. We already have enough to combat the effects if someone was to take their words literally.

          But something has to give. There is a melting pot of resentment out there on all sides. So unless a better balance is reached whereby the haves who are paying for the have nots are treated more fairly, given validation for their contribution & more checks are put in place to reduce the sense of entitlement that is out there, things are only going to get worse.

          • Chad Chambers

            I think the haves are treated more than fairly. They are rewarded for their contribution through the myriad of tax-avoiding and income minimising loopholes that are available to those who can take advantage of it. *cough* Bill English *cough*

            Standing back, this becomes evident when one looks at the widening, and accelerating income gap. Class warfare and further social unrest will result. We ain’t seen nothing yet.

          • unsol

            You are wrong. The entire system is geared towards the have nots at the expense of the haves. Further, you are referring to merely 1% of the population. Not the 10% who pay more than 76% of all taxes collected & benefits & assistance paid out.

            Bill English (you wont find many fans of his on here) has nothing on the former ministers, including the last Labour govt – the same government that introduced a new top rate yet allowed loopholes to remain wide open for 9 years resulting in many rorting the system. Thankfully some have been reduced & closed off (access to WFF, LAQC changes etc), but we still have a long way to go.

            Class warfare – inevitable. But it will be by stealth. The haves will stop paying their taxes & hold the government to ransom.

          • Chad Chambers

            What system, the welfare system? That’s the point, is it not? If you want a society reliant on cheap labour, high cost of living, and minimal job protection, all in the name of protecting business, then you are going to have a lot of people at or under the poverty line who regularly fall through the cracks.

  • Harroputza

    I assume people are up in arms thinking it depicts Maoris? Honestly, I didn’t even think the other three were supposed to be Maoris. So therefore no, nothing wrong with it.

    • Donovan Jackson

      Heheh, the ones screaming ‘racism’ are themselves the racists for stereotypically assuming that those depicted are Maori. Woops, now who’s thinking naughty thoughts….

      • andrew carrot

        And Ben Hurley should never be called a comedian. Mine is not a stereotypical view of a self-titled and misguided commentator. Good comedians are superb observers of the world around them. He’s just a crap performer.

    • LesleyNZ

      What does the tattoo around the leg represent – Maori?

      • Donovan Jackson

        Yes, because Maori have exclusive access to tattoos on legs. And arms.

      • rockape

        Maori claiming Robbie Williams now! Wow, I could get a tat and claim my share of all that treaty money.

        • Harroputza

          Your share has already been swallowed by the tribal leaders’ catering bill for the latest pointless meeting.

      • andrew carrot

        It’s a badge of honour, for that was where the electronic bracelet was before.

  • PlanetOrphan

    Based on all the comments I’ve read in the last 6 months I’d say it was fairly pertinent.
    Which is what political cartoons are all about after all.

  • tarkwin

    Looks fine to me I see he’s got a Ta Moko on his leg.

    • Donovan Jackson

      And arm. There goes the chances of working for Air NZ.

      • Agent BallSack

        AirNZ wouldnt want to pay the fat tax on him everytime he flew into Samoa.

        • tarkwin

          Looks remarkably similar to your average Jetstar trolley dolly and apparently they just love tattoos.

  • Random66

    I presume the artist deliberately drew his characters appearing well fed to further make his point that we are meeting a want, rather than a need.

  • spollyike

    Well maardi kids are always big for their age…he probably plays for the under 8’s.

  • Dave

    Its not racist, all kinds of people depicted in the picture, just happens they are all labour voting bogans, who to their delight have found yet another way to rip the taxpayers off. Cartoonist deserves a medal for identifying yet another social issue.

  • James M

    Nope, not racist its depicting an actual social issue which unfortunately
    does have its stereotypes.

    Hilary Barry is horribly clueless about so many things, I wouldn’t
    cast her name out there as a credible opinion.

    • spollyike

      Yeah Hillary B spouts some new crazy socialist shit everyday, especially in the morning on radio loser). I turn it on when i drop my daughter to kindy just to remind me why i hate socialists, great way to start the day, full of hate for the left.

      • James M

        Haha like wise, and I don’t know any reason for me to listening to her tripe other to get filled with anger.

        • spollyike

          Haha, sick but funny i know;)

        • andrew carrot

          You’ve got a choice if she fails to please. Nine to Noon on Radio PSA is similarly full of lemon-sucking pink drivel.

          • spollyike

            Don’t forget wee Willy on Racists Live from 12pm.

        • andrew carrot

          See, you can make a day of it!

          • spollyike

            Everyday’s a good day for hating the Left.

    • andrew carrot

      We didn’t hear her moan at anytime about the “ghost chips” ad. That was racially targeted. And focused on a controversial social issue. I think she may have found that ad funny, or approved the fact so many maori actors were getting roles on television.

  • coventry

    Yes it’s racist, all of the kids are clearly white. Where’s the ethnic diversity it should have ?

    • spollyike

      Ginga’s aren’t white they’re spotted.

      • 4077th

        Camouflaged, they are invisible in a carrot factory and in sand.

        • andrew carrot

          And at sunset

      • Darwin39

        Ginger kids have no soul, so they don’t count.

        • spollyike

          harsh.

  • Agent BallSack

    Even Australia is not far away from having your right to free speech curtailed. Look at Eddy MacGuire having to apologise for an off the cuff remark made about an opposing footy player. And no its not racist just untruthful in that theres not more Maori represented.

    • Patrick

      Yeah but McQuire ain’t too clever is he, indigenous footy month, a 13 year old abuses an aboriginal player calling him an ape & then a few days later Eddie reckons he should be used to promote King Kong the musical. How did he rise so high up with such a lack of common sense? The event with the 13 year old has been splashed all through the media even making the UK papers & then Eddie puts his mouth in gear before his brain. Whether he is racist or not is one issue, the other is whether he has the nous to be President of a footy club

  • Michael

    thought is was a BBC doco still shot.

  • richard.b

    FFS!
    Next thing the Pack N Scratch adds will be racist because they use a black pen for their stick figures.

    • spollyike

      Ssshh don’t tell them…..

    • Agent BallSack

      The stick figure are obviously Chinese because they speak English well without a hint of Northlandism in their speech. Aye Bro. Churrrrrrrrrrr.

  • Agent BallSack

    Is the Tip Top bread ad with the little Maori kid racist? Every dollar per loaf sold goes to feeding kids who need it blah blah blah. You know what? I would rather pay $1 less for bread and the people who bred the fucking kids pay for them to eat.

    • Meg

      That is actually a very good point. Why is the kid in the ad Maori? Don’t white people have poor as well?

      Come on Hone and Co, where is the outrage over that advert?

  • Josh Metcalfe

    I commented on Martyn Bradbury’s whinge about this:

    While I’m no fan of the Marlborough Express, its journalism is piss poor, they’re raising an interesting issue. Should we allow parents of children who are starving to spend money on vices? Unfortunately it plays to a stereotype which according to statistics is true enough that we shouldn’t just cry racism and run away but look to how we can stop this stereotype from even being the slightest bit true. Also why are the elderly there? Is it supposed to be an accusation that we’re not looking after them either?

    • Agent BallSack

      Too sensible. Expect to be moderated and banned for 5 years. Fuck You.

      • Josh Metcalfe

        Well the consensus over at the super lefty corner is that I’m perpetuating the stereotype by trying to deal with it. I’m also apparently against kids. And that I should be blaming everything else but parents and just bury my head in the sand and pretend that there aren’t people who spend on vices instead of kids.

        I actually feel a little depressed after reading such blind ignorance.

        • Agent BallSack

          Individual responsibility is not a concept that sits well within the left legion.

          • Patrick

            & you can largely thank Aunty Helen for extending the State into every corner of our lives, thus removing the responsibilities from parents.

        • Agent BallSack

          Every time Frank Macskasy says anything just remind yourself he once stole the identity of a dead baby.

    • spollyike

      “look to how we can stop this stereotype from even being the slightest bit true.”

      We? That’s the problem right there.

      They need to stop this problem not everyone else.

      • Josh Metcalfe

        People in this country need help, through whatever circumstances they’ve got themselves into shit. Now I’m not advocating hand outs, but hand ups which teach people and they get something out of it besides a bank deposit every week.

        • spollyike

          The welfare state got them in the shit, the DPB got them in the shit…food in schools will get them in the shit.

          • Agent BallSack

            If you get a raise…its all good for the first week or 2 then it gets subsumed by outgoings etc. All we are doing is teaching people to not budget for that portion of their groceries. 2 weeks in and whats the bet there’ll be no breakfast ever bought again in those households.

  • Patrick

    Suppression of freedom of speech is one of the greatest goals of communism, we see that in the rise of political correctness. Typical in NZ all the hand wringers will line up to decry this cartoon, they will find their soapbox & scold us all. Pity there is no room for expressing good old honest forthright views anymore isn’t it? Anyone not toeing the line is called a racist, sexist, bigot, chauvinist etc etc & the actual message is lost.

    • Agent BallSack

      True, It’s politically correct to call someone a white motherfucker but un-pc to call someone a brown bludger.

    • spollyike

      So true. In the world of PC, New Zealand may just be the biggest breeding ground there is, thanks largely to our cancerous identity politics of biculturalism…our new religion.

      Bring back politics based on Universalism and we might just have a chance. I can’t see that happening though we’re too far down the drain to crawl back out now…

    • Meg

      Just as well there are no commies in the NZ Parliament then.

      • Patrick

        Surely you jest – how about wee Wussel Norman for instance. As an aside funny how his Wikipedia profile has been edited & all references to his former Communist life have been removed – funny that isn’t it….

        • Meg

          No I do not jest. Because like too many on the right, you have a very poor understanding of what an actual commie is. And there are none in the NZ Parl. Not even Russel.

          • Patrick

            Right – my mistake, membership of the Democratic Socialist Party of Australia doesn’t count does it – they are a play group for wee kiddies are they?

            BTW why has he had his Wiki edited to expunge any detail of his membership of a marxist organisation, not proud of his history – or an attempt to pull the wool over the voters & become more palatable? I call him a lying cheating Communist – what say you?

  • Donovan Jackson

    How do you know when you’ve won an argument with a brown/black person? When they call you a racist. Boo fucking hoo.

  • Agent BallSack

    This cartoon has done exactly what Tremaine etc can’t do. It causes us to comment on social issues and it highlights the inequality of being a white person in this country. Because all white people with a job are Evil Tories, not people who have struggled against overwhelming odds to make a success of themselves. Next thing the Muslim Maori Mafia will be calling for a fatwa on this cartoonist.

    • unsol

      “Because all white people with a job [edited to add and earning good incomes outside the public service – we all know they are mostly left wingers!] are Evil Tories”….

  • In Vino Veritas

    There is an old saying, if the cap fits, wear it.
    Not racist at all. Cue Chad……..

    • spollyike

      and Rangi…

  • Lion_ess

    I have been surprised at the reluctance of these starving people to appear on msm – I have seen teachers and politicians talking about them, but not one family (have I seen) has fronted, who claim they are too poor to provide breakfast for their children. Leighton Smith put a call out yesterday, asking for people who fit this category, to ring in for a chat so New Zealanders could better understand the circumstances and plight of people whose budgets don’t extend to providing breakfast. My guess is that these people do fit the stereotype – overweight beneficiaries whose priorities don’t extend to feeding their own children. New Zealanders would be shocked at the poverty of personal responsibility that exists in this country.
    I don’t find the cartoon racist.

  • BJ

    A cartoon is a piece of art with satirical and humorous intent. Whichever way its taken by the viewer is their problem

  • Saccharomyces

    I couldn’t care less about the racism, but what annoys me is it’s just not very well done… is the artist trying to poke fun at people’s attitude that all that’s happening is subsidisation of peoples smoking, drinking and gambling? Or is the artist trying to point out the fact that that IS the result?

    Just not a very well done cartoon IMO, seems a bit rushed..

    • spollyike

      Yeah nah, it’s good.

      It’s simply implying that if people can take advantage they will. A very true observation of NZ society these days sadly.

      • Saccharomyces

        Yeah, my take is that the artist IS pointing out that people will take advantage, but I just don’t think it’s been very well thought out. I agree with the sentiment of the cartoon, I just think it could’ve been put across a bit better.

        But hey, I probably couldn’t have done better, so what do I know!

    • Bunswalla

      Good point, this guy is about as subtle as a brick and seems to draw his cartoons for the lowest common denominator. We get them in the BOP Times too, yet another reason not to buy/read it.

      • spollyike

        In the BOP times, they have to draw them for the lowest common denominator LOL. BOP is the lowest common denominator…

        • Bunswalla

          Yeah sure, why don’t you pop up/down/over from whatever rock you currently hide under and we’ll discuss it in person?

          • spollyike

            Tongue in cheek there;) i’m from the Bay also.

          • Bunswalla

            Good save ;-)

      • Agent BallSack

        While unsubtle it has drawn attention. So damn clever as well. Its major news on every website – perhaps we needed this discussion as a country.

  • Agent BallSack

    The real question is what sort of self respect do these children have. Will they always be known as poor kids whos lazy drunken parents couldnt even be fucked feeding? Will they get picked on in their future years by kids whos parents care about them enough to feed them. The social stigma attached to this is an unforeseen byproduct.

  • Donovan Jackson

    Dontcha all love how any message is immediately thought to be negated with the whinge of ‘oh that’s racist’. So fucking what if it’s racist. I couldn’t care a whit if some differently coloured knob calls me a white motherfucker. I am a white motherfucker, you’re damn right. Anyway, Louis CK probably explains it best:

    • Donovan Jackson

      Erm, just a public service warning, Louis CK IS a ginga…

    • Agent BallSack

      That is sooo UNPC but fuck it. And there are NO comedians of his calibre in this country. Except maybe Brendan Lovegrove.

      • Donovan Jackson

        Like the cries of ‘racism’, political correctness is just a smokescreen to hide inconvenient facts.

  • johnbronkhorst

    It just asks a basic question (that should be asked EVERY time ANY govt. steps into peoples private lives)!!!
    If we do this, what’s next, where will/can it lead????

    • Agent BallSack

      Hows your French, mon ami?

  • Pita

    Thank God they weren’t Muslims!

  • Rob

    Where was Hilary Barry when Hone called me a White Mother Fucker.

    • spollyike

      Oh she would have been there….defending his right to do so no doubt.

  • Rangi

    Hell yes that’s racist! If I was Samoan, I’d be really upset…

    • Justsayn

      What about if you were an old obese Samoan ginga… apoplectic?

  • manuka416

    Racist? No. Sterotype? Yes.

    • botti

      Stereotypes tend to be true (in a statistical sense anyway).

  • tarkwin

    I learned something today. Not only is Ben Hurley not very funny, he is also a complete wanker.

    • Agent BallSack

      Are any comedians in NZ funny? Pretty sure theres a reason why we get so many international comedians during comedy week.

      • tarkwin

        I hear one of them thinks fiddling with his own kid is funny. Any idea who?

        • Agent BallSack

          Judge Philippa Cunningham thought it was pretty funny too. And to go on holiday in the middle of a rape trial and force the witness to give evidence twice.

          • tarkwin

            You would have thought young Benjamin would have kept his head below the parapet. We now know he’s not funny, he’s a complete wanker and he’s stupid as well. Nice trifecta, should have been a first four but we can’t mention that can we.

        • unsol

          Yes – I would have thought it was common knowledge by now. All well-known people whether entertainers, sportsman or those with political & business links are easily found via google. Loads of hints out there that easily give them up.

    • unsol

      Why is he a wanker? He’s not funny but seems nice enough.

      • Agent BallSack

        He has him mixed up with other Ben who Shall Not Be Named.

        • tarkwin

          Never listen to your friends in the pub.

        • unsol

          And that is one very good reason why name suppression in such cases should not exist! Poor Ben Hurley & stink for the other Ben too – it isn’t him either.

  • Col

    I heard about this on the radio.
    I looked at this and laughed, as it was a great cartoon.
    I do not understand those who call it racist, it is those who see the characters as they want, so they will say it shows brown people and is racist, I see it as what we are in New Zealand, just New Zealanders, nothing more nothing less.
    Take the brown part out, if you see it that way, yes, it is still bloody funny.

  • CoNZervative

    There are actually two cartoons. The Press version (today) is here. http://conzervative.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/the-2nd-nesbit-cartoon/

    • spollyike

      nice!!

  • Pita

    I suppose the hand wringing bed wetters (Hilary Barry et al)
    would prefer to continue with their perverse racist belief that would have
    brown New Zealander’s maintained as some kind of pet culture, sacrosanct and beyond satire or criticism, to be rolled out on
    “special” occasions to demonstrate a sense of inclusiveness, so that
    they and their self-congratulatory ilk can feel good about themselves.

    • spollyike

      How embarrassing to be reduced to a pet, that can’t look after itself, work for itself, look after it’s offspring…..hey wait a minute!

      You’re onto something Pita, better warn Turia;)

  • Kiwikea

    Did realise the Express has such a large circulation. Pretty much if John Minto is complaining then it’s probably fine.

  • steve and monique

    No not racist.How can taking a poke at the likely recipients parents be racist.

  • kiwiinAus

    For crying out loud – enough is enough!!!!!!!!! Another day, another case of racism. Is it too much to expect that people look at this and nod because that’s probably what a large percentage of the population believe is going to happen.

    Also, who would of thought such influential and important people read the Malborough Express. Or have they just been informed of the cartoon, found it and taken it upon themselves to inform the public of their opinion on the matter because it really matters.

    How about some robust and honest debate about the real issue. That can’t possibly happen because that would be racist.

  • bobby

    No, it merely highlights some perceptions which are based in fact of the sort of people who cry poverty all the time but continue to smoke, drink and gamble.

  • manuka416
    • spollyike

      So basically:

      Harden the fuck up New Zealand!

      Seriously how did people in this country get so thin skinned? Is it simply because Mum (the media) will respond. The best way to respond to attention seeking kids is ignore them, someone needs to tell Mum this before we create a spoiled child….oh wait, we already have….Bugger.

      A generation of entitlement syndrome yay!

  • Agent BallSack

    I went to that daily flush blog thingy that Martyn has and posted this…

    BALLSACK says:

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    MAY 30, 2013 AT 2:01 PM

    Gotta love Martyns diatribe about how offensive it is, yet he had no problem throwing shit at Margaret Thatcher when she died. But hey its Martyn’s blog so lets all be horrifically outraged.

    Somehow I dont think I will make it through moderation

    • Agent BallSack

      Update: Of course the screeching hypocritical Martyn refused to allow my post. I feel quite happy that my words affected him that much. Happier that my thoughts won’t be seen by the circle jerk of leftards who vote down any opposing views. People who need to have moderation on their blogs arent interested in the truth, only the truth as they believe it. Good on ya Martyn true to form as usual.

  • Lion_ess

    The day New Zealand lost it’s sense of humour. Maybe the characters should all have had white hoods on, that way the diversity of New Zealanders couldn’t be identified. Let me say this, if the cartoon was not accurate, it wouldn’t have been deemed offensive.

    • spollyike

      exactly.

    • Agent BallSack

      It should only have portrayed poor white people from Hamilton and Christchurch. That would be not racist because its impossible to be racist about white people only the poor downtrodden misbegotten brownies.

      • spollyike

        It’ll be “racist” to make fun of the “poor” next mate, this country is fucked!

        • Lion_ess

          Apparently, we’re all so sensitive now we cannot have a laugh at pointing out the obvious. Christmas cracker jokes and limericks from now on. Limericks, aren’t they from Ireland? That’d be racist I guess.

  • Kim Arnold

    Oh my god..oops…why did he not make them Moslem….nah just kidding, we in new Zealand are getting so over-sensitive that we really need to look at ourselves seriously as we are becoming Prudes.

    It might be in a bit close to home, well certainly to families i grew up with, but come on NZ – lighten up

    • spollyike

      Nothing like some home truths to get the PC brigade all riled up.

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    There are ginger Maoris. I call them Anzac biscuits.

  • LesleyNZ

    Think grandma and granddad could do with some false teeth. They probably can only eat Weetbix.

  • LesleyNZ
  • Mike K

    The old bloke in the back could possibly be a muslim, so I call jihad on the Marlbourgh express

  • Mary

    Of course the picture is racist, it targets pacific and maori by saying they don’t feed their children!! I am pacific islander and I don’t smoke, drink or do pokies, I work hard and feed my own children with my own money. You cannot put the whole race into the same basket, I know many pacific people who teach and provide well for there children. Comments below seem to say that pacific and maori have all jumped up and down but all I see below is comments from white people complaining or laughing at the sadness of poverty and people who are less educated or didn’t have the opportunities to have well paying jobs. Life is not as simple as 123 it’s complicated.
    Good on the government to provide food for innocent children and give them a positive chance at life.
    Shame on some comments below, you are just as bad as the person that came up with such a sad picture.
    Fill your hearts with love, peace, kindness and generosity.
    1 Random Act Of Kindness At A Time…….

    • Agent BallSack

      This blog has commenters from all races, creeds and walks of life. Shame on you being so racist calling everyone white and rich. You see how it works? You just became a racist.

    • dyannt

      Mary, (now there’s a very ancient ‘white’ name) there are poor caucasian people, poor pacifica people and I’m sure poor asian people. We know that the vast majority of people love, feed and clothe their children. Unfortunately the parents who need shaming into putting their kids first at the table, more than likely couldn’t care less what people think of them and possibly don’t even read blogs such as this, and very few of them would read the Marlborough Express. If these cartoons are so bad, why is the rest of the NZ media spreading them around so liberally?

    • LesleyNZ

      Unfortunately this the stereotype that Breakfast in Schools has brought about. Would have been much better and more effective for low decile schools to follow the path of Otara’s Yendarra School. The food choice plan this school operates, under the guidance of Principal Susan Dunlop, has a 100% success rate and it is the parents feeding their children and they are very happy to do so. Check it out here –
      http://blog.aspireforlife.com/2012/10/food-choices-at-otara-school-are-impacting-on-students/
      Media don’t like the success stories – media like the poverty stricken Campbell Live stories.

  • Neverscared

    Jeez Whaleoil looks like you take the prize for assembling Nz’s biggest gaggle of gobber fuck numbskulls. Not Racist? Please.

    • Lion_ess

      Hi Neverscared. Just speaking for myself – the only people I know who fit the profile, are Maori, fat, lazy, smokers, pot-smokers. Nothing racist, this is my personal experience. Just saying…

    • Agent BallSack

      Martyn Bradbury should give the prize back then. Wait he won that award fair and square, tell him he can keep it.

    • botti

      @ Neverscared,

      If you’re going to do a cartoon about the scheme, then it would be ridiculously dishonest to omit polynesian looking characters. In fact, it would suggest that they’re invisible or don’t exist.

  • Chad Chambers

    It is racist but you can’t blame Nisbet. Born in Scotland, lives in Christchurch? Somewhere down there anyway. He’s got no chance really.

    • Lion_ess

      Human Rights Commissioner says it’s not. Find something else to cry about today.

    • Agent BallSack

      How is it racist CC? Feel free to point out how this is targeting anyone but New Zealanders. Your statement has no qualification.

      • Chad Chambers

        Scottish is not a race, bro.

    • Meg

      How? It does not tell lies, there is a mixture of races in both cartoons… how is it racist?

      • Chad Chambers

        Lying has nothing to do with it.

        It’s racist. The Maori/PIs are represented as big, fat, smoking and dishonest. It’s the big Maori/PI who is given the dodgy quote.

        Pakeha/palagi in the cartoon are lovely old dears (like yourself) who have innocently wandered in. And probably deserve a meal anyway.

        Racist.

        • botti

          It would be racist if they were omitted – have you seen the people represented in the media as benefiting from the policy? Everyone I have seen has been Maori/PI.

          It would have been incredibly dishonest to omit them from a cartoon about the scheme. In fact, it would have literally whitewashed them as though they are invisible & don’t exist. Surely members of society, if they’re treated equally, deserve to be equally lampooned.

          • Chad Chambers

            Well botti, in my opinion, lampooning disadvantaged people is one of the definitions of racism.

  • parorchestia

    What is happening to this country! The cartoonist was making two points: 1, some awful and irresponsible parents are sending their kids off to school unfed and 2, there is a moral hazard in feeding them at school. Both are absolutely valid points to make.

    Even worse, he said this morning that he has to tone down his satire and commentaries for the Auckland Herald. You guys in the City of Wails (sorry for the weak pun Cam) are being subjected to PC censorship! People died defending freedom of speech and you guys are letting one of most fundamental and important freedoms slip away.

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