I came across this political cartoon today:
This being an election year, we can expect to see a lot more political mudslinging in the media than we normally would. But does a cartoon such as this one cross the line? Unless you’ve been on a news blackout for the past week, you’ll immediately recognize the above cartoon as having been inspired by the luxury liner that ran aground near Italy, which resulted in several deaths (with some people still unaccounted for) and a potential ecological catastrophe as well. Is this cartoon insensitive, or a legitimate expression of someone’s political views?
A friend of mine posted this picture on Facebook, and someone immediately expressed disgust with it: “Whoever did this has no taste and certainly no respect. They’re still pulling bodies off that ship for crying out loud. There’s plenty of political cannon fodder to pick from out there… I don’t care about the political content. I care about the fact that someone is using a tragedy that’s barely a week old to make a cheap joke.” Others disagreed. For instance, one person said, “And how does this foster disrespect for the dead? I see nothing here but a representation of what we’ve seen in overdrive in the U.S. for the past 3 years…”