A controversial Australian cartoonist deemed racist by some, has just published his latest creation in a Rupert Murdoch owned newspaper; in response to the conclusion of the Paris Climate talks.
In his daily cartoon for a leading Australian paper owned by the adorable brown skin loving Rupert Murdoch, Bill Leak shows a group of starving Indians trying out a meal of solar panels for lack of food.
The cartoon depicts a future for Indians devoid of food and intelligence. The only way for the nation of ragtag skinny Indians to survive is to be stupid enough to try and breakdown a solar panel and make it appetizing with a helping of mango chutney.
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The intellectually starved media empire of Rupert Murdoch will set the agenda of Muslim and minority bashing well into the future, till it drowns in its own indigestible bile.
India is the Silicon Valley of Asia, while any Murdoch media presentation is a racist oozing relic of the past trying to worm its way into the digital future.
India and other developing nations are too stupid to handle renewable energy and should stick to coal. pic.twitter.com/XfN8buwQwt
— Bill Leak explained (@BLeakEksplayned) December 13, 2015
The cartoon appeared in the Rupert Murdoch-owned The Australian in response to the Paris climate conference.
The cartoon shows an emaciated Indian family breaking solar panels and one person trying to eat them with ‘mango chutney’.
The climate deal was clinched with the approval of India, China and the US, after days of tough negotiations with the legally-binding pact seeking to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius and committing USD 100 billion a year from 2020 to help developing nations.
India had bargained on behalf of developing countries and demanded that developed countries take on more responsibility and provide financial support to developing nations so that they could switch to green technology.
India also mooted the International Solar Alliance initiative which was launched during the Paris conference.
The cartoon was slammed on social media and academic circles, with many calling it racist. Amanda Wise, an associate professor of sociology at Macquarie University, said in her view the cartoon was shocking and would be unacceptable in the UK, the US or Canada.
“This cartoon is unequivocally racist and draws on very base stereotypes of third world, underdeveloped people who don’t know what to do with technology,” the professor told Guardian Australia.
“India is the technology centre of the world right now and has some of the most high-tech industries on the planet in that part of the world.
The underlying message is that people in developing countries don’t need all these technologies to do with climate change — they need food,” she said.
The cartoon drew criticism on social media, according to The Telegraph:
But the cartoon prompted a tirade of criticism on social media and in the Indian media.
World #journalism: The Australian accused for bad-taste cartoon on #Indians #theaustralian #australia pic.twitter.com/rQ4UkJDKYP — Matteo Fagotto (@MatteoFagotto) December 14, 2015
“Can someone give Bill Leak one of those adult colouring books to entertain himself until he learns not to be racist,” said one tweet.
How ill informed is this cartoonist? What exactly is his point? And how is this even a cartoon? #australia #racism https://t.co/ynW9xp0HWn — Ritika Kapoor (@ritikakhullar) December 14, 2015
Another said: “Get it – brown people are stupid and a waste of our (superior white people’s) effort. Excellent racism Bill Leak.”
Australia has problems with racism but the cartoon isn’t racist. We ourselves say feeding our people naturally higher priority than climate. — Mikesh Patel (@tomilis) December 14, 2015
David Pope, a cartoonist from the rival newspaper The Canberra Times, said in a tweet: “How backward is Aust #climate politics? Here, the absurd racist rubbish published by Murdoch’s national newspaper.”
A comment piece in The Hindustan Times attacked the cartoon for “focusing on a stereotype of Indian poverty straight out of the 1950s”.
“It’s plausible that the emaciated, rag-clad villagers from his cartoon would be able to teach Leak a thing or two about solar energy,” said the piece by journalist Adita Iyer.
Leak has previously provoked controversy for cartoons about conflicts in Syria and Gaza, including an image showing Palestinian children being sent out to “win the PR war for daddy”.
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