MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A caricature in Australia’s biggest national newspaper on Friday was condemned as racist for depicting US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden depicting friend her new campaign life, Kamala Harris, was “this little brown girl”.
FILE PHOTO: US Democratic vice presidential candidate, Senator Kamala Harris listens as the presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event, appearance Their first joint since Biden designated Harris as his running friend, at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Delaware, US, August 12, 2020. REUTERS / Carlos Barria / File Photo
Johannes Leak’s cartoon in Rupert Murdoch’s Australian newspaper, known for a conservative stance, depicts a beaming Biden saying that Harris, the first black woman to have a main party’s national ticket, will Help “heal a nation divided by racism” while he goes “To lie down.”
Andrew Giles, an Australian Labor politician and shadow cabinet minister, said on Twitter: “It’s insulting and racist.
Former Attorney General Mark Dreyfus tweeted, “If Australians respect any politeness and standards, they must apologize immediately and never publish cartoons like this again.”
But The Australian editor-in-chief, Christopher Dore, stands beside the animated film, saying that Leak was mocking Biden’s own words.
“The words ‘little black and brown girls’ belonged to Joe Biden, not Johannes, and were uttered by the presidential candidate when he named Kamala Harris as his running friend yesterday. ; He repeated them in a tweet shortly thereafter, ”Dore said in a note to the newspaper’s staff, provided by Murdoch’s News Corp to Reuters.
Biden tweeted on Thursday, about his choosing Harris as his vice presidential candidate: “This morning, little girls wake up across the country – especially Black and Ebony girls. people who often feel looked down upon and underestimated in our society – capable of finding themselves in a new way: As tools of the President and Vice President. ”
Dore said, “The purpose of Johannes’s commentary is to mock identity politics and downplay racism, not to continue it.”
Leak did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.
Another Murdoch publication in Australia faced condemnation in 2018 for a caricature of tennis star Serena Williams going viral at the US Open.
Fans, celebrities and civil rights groups call the caricatures racist, but Australia’s media watchdog last year ruled that cartoons were not racist.
Report by Sonali Paul; Edited by William Mallard