“Bill English has received a disturbing level of hate”

A painting of National Party leader Bill English has received a disturbing level of hate from Trade Me users.

Auckland artist Sarah Usher’s innocent A4 watercolour painting irked some some users to the point that they threatened to send faecal matter in the post to her, as well as other homophobic and obscene abuse – all because of the picture’s subject.

Usher has had the painting on the auction site since John Key resigned in December, but it was promoted by Trade Me during the election as a “cool auction”.

Usher tried to sell the painting to Bill English but received a response that said he didn’t think it looked like him.

Other more sarcastic comments include: “Be nice on my toilet wall..would help when I’m constipated,” and “It’s a perfect size. A4…perfect for putting in my bin”.

Usher said she was surprised at the amount of hateful comments she received.

“To be honest I don’t think people should aim that at artists,” she said.

“We’re just the ones commenting and criticising on what’s going on around us. It’s funny people just saw a picture of his face and thought it was him.”

The left are awful.  So much for the left being relentlessly positive.


– Stuff

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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