The cheapening of political discourse has hit a new low today courtesy of the Conservative Party's print media wing, the Toronto Sun.
How exactly are we to interpret this distasteful cartoon by Donato? Clearly the glasses make it clear the cartoonist and paper are depicting the aftermath of some kind of physical attack on Kathleen Wynne. It's clearly a brutal attack as her bloody teeth are visible.
It's been two days since the debate. If this was meant to depict Wynne having been "clobbered" during that debate by her opponents, shouldn't it have been printed in Wednesday's paper? Putting it in the June 6th edition, so Friday's paper, makes you wonder really what the Toronto Sun is trying to say here.
Is this supposed to be funny? Donato's cartoons are usually supposed to be funny. So beating the shit out of Kathleen Wynne until her teeth are knocked out and her glasses are busted up is funny?
This from the despicable paper that still runs ONLY Sunshine Girls every day, and hasn't published those tiny black & white shots of mostly clothed Sunshine Boys back on page 100 for years and years.
Robin Sears on TVO on Tuesday night used the word "clobbered" to criticize Wynne's performance, before Sears went on to criticize the clothes that Wynne was wearing during the debate. Perhaps that denigration was the inspiration behind this cartoon? Who knows?
Toronto Sun writers like Lorrie Goldstein and Christina Blizzard have been campaigning hard through their writings in favour of Tim Hudak this election. Any pretense for fairness and objectivity went out the window as soon as the election was called. Will this cartoon give them both a chuckle? I'm sure they'll defend this disgusting piece of cartooning and dismiss any criticism.
On all levels, this cartoon is gross. Shame on Donato and the Sun for publishing it.