Cartoon sparks anger and confusion on social media over depiction of Scots
THERE was an angry response on social media on Monday after a Steve Bell cartoon was published in the Guardian mocking Nicola Sturgeon, and depicting her claiming her main election issues included ‘incest and Scottish country dancing’.
Many Twitter users said the cartoon was racist and called for complaints to press regulator Ipso. Meanwhile, others said in the post-Charlie Hebdo world people should think twice about being ‘outraged’ at cartoons.
Many people said they didn’t get the joke, although it looks as though it was a play on the quote ‘You should try eveything once except incest and Morris dancing’.
The cartoon follows anger at other recent depictions of Scotland in the media, including a column in the Mail on Sunday by Allan Massie (click here to read more) in which he said he could see “the Thames foaming with blood” if the SNP wins enough election seats to hold some power after the General Election in May.
We’ve rounded up a selection of responses to Steve Bell cartoon.
I’ve never rated Steve Bell as much good but this is actually too rubbish to even be offensive. What a balloon. pic.twitter.com/GanJ0Gn5Wh
— Killie Me Softly (@mickmcavoy) March 9, 2015
Just met a couple of friends who voted NO in Indyref who would now gladly vote YES after seeing the Guardian cartoon this morning.#indyref
— SHUFFLEPAW (@shufflepaw) March 9, 2015
— Fifi Velasquez (@FiFiVelasquez) March 9, 2015
— Stuart Kenny (@StuartKenny) March 9, 2015
So @Guardian are you going to apologise for that appalling Steve Bell cartoon? It’s merely offensive, with no satirical edge to justify it.
— Richard Ashcroft (@qmulbioethics) March 9, 2015
— Craig Smith (@CraigRWS) March 9, 2015
@guardian Please keep Steve Bell’s crappy cartoon online, it illustrates our point perfectly. Scottish voices aren’t welcome in this union.
— John III (@The_Extractor_) March 9, 2015
Steve Bells cartoon in todays @guardian is completely beyond the pale, and not worthy of a supposed ‘quality’ paper.
— Davie Miller (@badger_funk) March 9, 2015
It seems that some ‘wee lassie’ from Ayrshire is causing an all mighty panic down at Westminster going by the vile cartoon in @guardian
— Stephen Cairns (@kermit_1987) March 9, 2015
Just want to quietly point out that to be outraged at the sturgeon cartoon in the Guardian, I suppose, makes you not Charlie after all…
— Tom Kearns (@TPKearns) March 9, 2015
Eh @guardian – please feel free to explain that ridiculous (& insulting) monstrosity of a cartoon. What the hell?
— SerialSockThief (@serialsockthief) March 9, 2015
— The Yes Rat (@TheYesRat) March 9, 2015
@guardian a. Apology is due to the people of scotland. Your cartoon is highly offensive. I used to be a reader until last year. Sickening.
— Ross Matthews (@Rossmatthews86) March 9, 2015
And we asked our Twitter followers what they thought.
— Stewart Bremner (@stewartbremner) March 9, 2015
— Davy MacIver (@ruskadoronin) March 9, 2015
— Wee Jock Elliot (@WeeJockElliot) March 9, 2015
— PolitiCrumb (@politicrumb) March 9, 2015
— Forres Dee 45 (@ForresDee) March 9, 2015
— Ian (@afc42) March 9, 2015
— Iain Gordon (@iainhg) March 9, 2015
— Tom (@Tom_Celt) March 9, 2015
— ironic compound (@weedroid) March 9, 2015
— Pink Panther (@acmepd) March 9, 2015
— Nick Smithers (@nickysmithers) March 9, 2015
— Drouthy Scot (@DrouthyScot) March 9, 2015
— a j murison (@ajmurison) March 9, 2015
— Doug Daniel (@DouglasDaniel) March 9, 2015
— Kevin Rinchey (@broomhilldons) March 9, 2015
— Stevie Mcluskey (@steviemcl) March 9, 2015
— Schrodingers EU (@NMQ_Edi) March 9, 2015
— Colin McKean (@BaffieBox) March 9, 2015
— Theresa McG (@theresacfc) March 9, 2015
— Mae_Carson (@Mae_Carson1) March 9, 2015