I wonder if Blunt intended the inference of superiority and smugness that the Tangata Tiriti is showing by nonchalantly, yet dominantly, leaning an arm over a symbol of indigenous New Zealand – of Maori?
Do you think, perhaps, Blunt is suggesting that Tangata Tiriti’s empathy for Maori is more about an interest in the presentation of their own image to others, in salving their own conscious, than it is about a genuine understanding and oneness with Maori?
If so, Mikey is correct – not funny at all… But very thought provoking…
I think the artist has exhibited wonderful satire Milky with his subtle juxtaposition of the hippy like fellow wearing his HUGE bone and his dirty dog shades while leaning on a tree that exemplifies the use of Gaias resources to produce the very objects that the hippy like fellow is using.
You probably never even noticed the bulge of the cellphone in his back pocket!
I think a cartoon of Lucy Lawless arriving for an anti-oil protest in a chaffeured limo would have been funnier, but I can’t draw. Cartoons have to be funny. I Can’t see Blunt putting Tom Scott out of a job any time soon.
We obviously have one commentator who doesn’t appreciate Blunt’s style. True, cartoons can have us in stitches but this is usually the field of say Garfield or Donald Duck.
A political cartoonist uses the medium to convey a message & humour may or not be involved. Politicians are caricatured mercilessly but it goes with the territory & more than a few would be concerned if they weren’t featured. IMHO opinion Emerson & Tom Scott are the best currently on offer.
Blunt in this instance puts the knife into lefty liberal apologists for Pakeha & then gives it a good twist. These wretched poseurs shuffle & waffle through their days crying into their Chardonnay about the supposed misdeeds of people who have been worm fodder for a century & a half.
No wonder we have so many Maori living in Australia. Faced with some blonde pakeha idiot fumbling Te Reo while wearing half a beef carcase round their neck any Maori with self respect would have to move or murder the condescending arsehole for debasing their culture.
I’m quite prepared to enjoy a cartoon poking fun at whatever attitude. There is certainly potential in the choice of subject matter. Unfortunately, not one of Blunt’s efforts that I’ve seen have made the grade.
I’ll say pass, as humour is too subjective to quantify. I could have picked a better example than ‘Garfield’ as it represents dumbed down American custard pie humour. It sufficed ,however, to demonstrate the difference between a cartoon drawn to entertain & one that is intended to provoke political debate.
My first choice in the Dom Post is ‘Alex’ on the odd times they deign to publish it.
With the hippie poncho and the Lennon glasses
slightly feminine posture hips akimbo
Androgynous age hippie on the hunt to a herbal tea
Big bone weeelll its a bit like a big car init.
super normal display artifact for a gween rutting ritual.
Well done I thought