Bearman Cartoon: Aussies and Racism
Now my Australian readership (which is about half the visitors on this site) might take offense to my latest editorial cartoon, but remember I poke fun at Americans all the time.
It seems that when some guys did a blackface version of the Jackson 5 on an Australian Gong Show and guest judge Harry Connick Jr found it offensive, some (not ALL…some) Australians responded that blackface isn’t offensive like it is in the United States.
Then when KFC put out an ad where a white guy gets a bunch of black folks to sit down so he could watch the game by pulling out a bucket of chicken, some Australians responded that Americans took it wrong and it isn’t offensive like it is in the United States.
Now it seems that an Indian cartoonist got upset that Victoria police were slow to indicate that the murder of an Indian student in his belief was a race crime. So he published a cartoon in the Delhi Mail Today of a Victorian Police officer in a Ku Klux Klan outfit. Now the Acting Prime Minister of Australia has come out and said that the cartoon was offensive. Really?? The KKK as I understand is strictly an American racist organization so clearly it can’t be offensive like it is in the United States.
Thanks to the Daily Cartoonist for turning me onto this story.