That cartoons can be controversial, or trigger outrage, is very strange. In my case, they’re merely entertainment and nothing more.
Political satire has been around for two-and-a-half thousand years, dating back to ancient Greece. You’d think that people would, by now, have their emotions in check.
Nevertheless, politically correct types who have nothing better to do with their lives, look for reasons to take offence. And what fruit hangs the lowest?
A drawing on a piece of paper.
With that in mind, here are 2 controversial Jerm cartoons.
“Race And IQ”
I’ll start with the most recent one, which began as an idea given to me by a patron.
Most people found it funny. Because that is the point of the cartoon: to take a lighthearted stab at a talking point leftists try to suppress.
But, of course, there are always those knee-jerking thought police who can’t go a day without desperately searching for something that will offend them.
And offended they were.
A small anonymous group of Twitter cupcakes whined for days, insulting me; making up stuff about me; and even lobbying to get one of my clients - OUTA - to fire me. And they succeeded.
My favourite is the bit about me being a white supremacist. Please, for the love of sanity, explain to me how the cartoon depicts white supremacy. If anything, then it depicts Asian supremacy!
And, despite being labelled “blatantly racist”, no evidence of my apparent racism has ever been produced.
The reason is because there is none. (These days, when somebody doesn’t like your opinion, they label you a ‘racist’, as we all know.)
Politicsweb published a column I wrote inspired by all of this hilarity.
Thankfully, there are people with integrity, like Frans Cronje of the IRR, who released a statement saying that they (the IRR) believe in freedom of speech and, while they don’t necessarily agree with all my satire, they support my right to express it.
I gave a presentation to a group of private school teachers from around the Western Cape, at Somerset College in Somerset West, at the beginning of 2018. My talk was about the role of political satire in school curriculums.
Everything was going smoothly until, halfway through, the cartoon appeared on the screen.
One teacher found it very offensive, triggering a monologue about “context” and “history” and why the cartoon should only be shown to pupils if a full biography of me - the cartoonist - accompanies it.
She also included the usual “it’s racist” descriptor, for good measure.
I said to her that the cartoon is highlighting racial quotas which are, by definition, selection based on skin colour, which is racism no matter how hard anybody tries to spin it.
She wasn’t happy. A few teachers agreed with her. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t let me continue and I ran out of time. Afterwards, some teachers privately spoke with me, lending their support to the cartoon.
I don’t know why some people feel the need to let a drawing upset them.
Sadly, they do. I pin it down to being psychologically weak.
When people attempt to harm your career because they dislike a cartoon you drew, then it’s because they’re mentally enslaved by their own irrationality.
Karma - or reason - will get them in the end.