Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Naughty Rod!

Herald cartoonist Rod Emmerson is going where angels fear to tread today:



We're sure that Ms Bennett will see the funny side of this. But full marks to Emmerson for saying what many will probably admit they've thought, and if not of Ms Bennett, then others who have been critical of her decision.

11 comments:

Robert Winter said...

Is this a step too far?

I must admit to have not thought through the impact of Ms Bennett on the male libido, but the idea that one might attack a politician because of physical attributes makes me uncomfortable - it's a bit like attacking a politician for their sexual orientation, or their mental condition, or other things of which I try to steer clear.

Maybe I am too sensitive a flower.

Keeping Stock said...

Good question Robert. Let's not forget though that physical attributes have been the cartoonists' stock-in-trade forever; think of Muldoon's cheek, Lange's bulk, Helen Clark's wart or John Key's nose.

Emmerson had one recently that depicted John Key as a prostitute soliciting at a car at Sky City; was that beyond the pale? I didn't think so. It was provocative, and surely that's what a good cartoon does; provokes opinion and debate.

Like you, I try to stay away from issues such as sexuality and mental illness, but whilst this offering from Emmersonm today might be close to the bone, I personally don't think that it crosses the line.

PM of NZ said...

The very thought of a Paula poster above the bedhead would be enough contraceptive. No need for expensive implants.

James Stephenson said...

Could you imagine the screeching from the left, if Emmerson had chosen to depict Bradford rather than Bennett though?

Keeping Stock said...

Quite so James; which begs the question; would any left-leaning blogger post up a cartoon which showed one of their team in a less-than-flattering light?

pdm said...

Inv - most of the left don't do humour. Just nasty.

Judge Holden said...

"...would any left-leaning blogger post up a cartoon which showed one of their team in a less-than-flattering light?"

Yep, you really are one of life's true heroes.

PDM, the right don't do intentional humour. All the unintentional stuff is just hilarious though. "He's a married man!"

Anonymous said...

What hypocrisy from you, Inventory2!
Many's the time you've deleted comments here on your blog that have made merry about Paula Bennett's bulk. Even calling her 'plump' had you screeching and reaching for the 'delete' button.
You've even bent over backwards to protect Gerry Brownlee from being called 'overly-big', yet here you are, publishing a cartoon that has Bennett looking swollen and having the gall to say, 'it's okay, because I say it is'.
Pathetic. I've no doubt you'll delete this comment to protect yourself ffrom the charge of hypocrisy, but it's the inescapable conclusion. A brave man might try to defend his position, but you'll flee from this charge, I don't doubt. 'Print screen' is a marvelous tool.

Keeping Stock said...

Fear not Anon; I even went and retrieved your comment from the Spam folder where Blogger had sent it. But it deserves to be published, if for no other reason than to demonstrate what a bitter, twisted humourless soul you are.

Robert Winter said...

Come,come. The idea that the Right alone has humour is clearly wrong. It is, of course, very difficult to at the moment to compete with the Right's Mr Craig and Mr Banks. who are offering side-splitting political moments at the present, but we have given you "Mad Dog" Prebble, for example,a total knock-about comedian, and the wit and repartise of Geoffrey Palmer, and who can top our Trevor?

Keeping Stock said...

I'd have to agree Robert; Trevor Mallard is VERY funny, in a tragi-comedy kind of way...