The child beating lobby launched its “Vote No” campaign site today. They’ve worked hard in this campaign to present themselves as regular Kiwis standing up for common sense values, so I find it interesting they’ve chosen to decorate the front page of their campaign with this racist, sexist cartoon:
The cartoon is clearly designed to undermine the petition’s opponents, but the only criticism it offers is to denigrate them based on their race and gender. Former children’s commissioner Cindy Kiro is presented as a crude racist caricature. Both she and Helen Clark are described as “wild wimmin”, a sign that the cartoonist and those who provide him with a platform are uncomfortable with the idea of women in power.
In fact, the entire narrative behind this cartoon is that women and ethnic minorities can’t be trusted with power. Note the race and gender of the people depicted hiding behind the box – they’re decent, law-abiding white males once again being persecuted by the wimmin and the Maoris.
You’ve got to wonder what kind of people would promote this sort of thing on the front page of their campaign site. Racist, sexist, reactionary bigots, that’s who. Are these the kind of people you want to line up with when it comes time to cast your vote?