April 20, 2021

Australian Joe Biden-Kamala Harris Cartoon Sparks Row: Little Brown Woman

'Little Brown Girl': Australian Biden-Harris Cartoon Sparks Row


A cartoon in Australia’s largest nationwide newspaper drew condemnation on Friday as being racist for portraying U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden describing his new working mate, Kamala Harris, as “this little brown woman”.

The cartoon by Johannes Leak in Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian newspaper, identified for its conservative views, depicted a beaming Biden saying Harris, the primary Black lady on a major-party nationwide ticket, would assist “heal a nation divided by racism” whereas he went “for a lie-down.”

“It is offensive and racist,” Andrew Giles, an Australian Labor politician and shadow cupboard minister, stated on Twitter.

Former attorney-general Mark Dreyfus tweeted, “If The Australian has any respect for decency and requirements it should apologise instantly, and by no means once more publish cartoons like this.”

However The Australian’s editor-in-chief, Christopher Dore, stood by the cartoon, saying Leak was mocking Biden’s personal phrases.

“The phrases ‘little black and brown ladies’ belong to Joe Biden, not Johannes, and had been uttered by the presidential candidate when he named Kamala Harris as his working mate yesterday; he repeated them in a tweet quickly after,” Dore stated in a observe to the newspaper’s workers, offered to Reuters by Murdoch’s Information Corp.

Biden had tweeted on Thursday, relating to his alternative of Harris as his vice presidential candidate: “This morning, little ladies awakened throughout this nation — particularly Black and Brown ladies who so usually could really feel missed and undervalued in our society — probably seeing themselves in a brand new method: Because the stuff of Presidents and Vice Presidents.”

Dore stated, “The intention of Johannes’s commentary was to ridicule identification politics and demean racism, not perpetuate it.” 

Leak didn’t instantly reply to an e mail request for remark.

One other Murdoch publication in Australia confronted condemnation in 2018 over a cartoon of tennis star Serena Williams having a mood tantrum on the U.S. Open.

Followers, celebrities and civil rights teams known as the caricature racist, however Australia’s media watchdog final yr dominated that cartoon was not racist.

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