Below are some of the most interesting, insightful, silly, and amusing reactions to the Food in School cartoons. This will be updated – please leave a comment if there’s any obvious one’s I’ve missed. [Read more below]
Yes Al Nisbetts cartoons were (unashamedly) racist, but that's a part of society, and has every right to draw them
To protest the racist cartoons... I am boycotting reading Christchurch Press articles for free online.... TAKE THAT!
Why wasn't Devoy so upset about Winston Peters evil, intolerant and racist rant against Chinese New Zealanders last week? Disgraceful.
why are liberals always telling people what to do?
"That's really cartoonist!" - a new term, along with: sexist, racist, ageist, sadist, monarchist, stereotypist ...
They measured the skin hues with a chromatograph. "Hey, this child is only a shade darker than van Benyen! The cartoon is not racist!"
Susan Devoy says cartoon isn't racist - which shows what an appalling choice in race relations she actually is - how shameful
Cant believe the clowns who've argued with me that the cartoon isnt racist. Here's a test, If you don't think its racist, you're the problem
Re Marl Express "racist' cartoon: if the maj of hungry kids are Maori/Pasifika kids, how is depicting that actually "racist"? Isn't it true?
I suppose at least the racist cartoons have starkly revealed the ugly racist classist bigotry underlying opposition to anti-poverty measures
Thanks Marlborough Express 4 reinforcing racist, anti poor people and larger people meme - we really needed that!
Satire mocks the powerful not the vulnerable. The only 'debate' these cartoons provoke is 'how racist do you want to be, a little or a lot'
@CitizenBomber While cartoon was inappropriate, satire transcends power relations. Can and should mock everyone, everything.
@BenUffindell I disagree - mocking authority and power is satire - mocking the weak is just bullying
@CitizenBomber Have the weak no follies like the rest of us? Making a group immune from satire is to make them weak.
"We don't need a highly paid bunch of bureaucrats to tell us what we should be offended by" Talkback hosts will do it for min wage. #probs
Ignore the PC knockers Al Nisbett. Youve consistently outraged people with your cartoons for 20 years and that is your job. Back off Devoy!
"Having looked at hundreds of Nisbet cartoons I can vouch for the fact he is even-handedly nasty towards everyone" http://ow.ly/lz0oZ
Press line on Nisbet: great cartoonists offend, Nisbet offends, therefore Nisbet is a great cartoonist. Which is an offence to logic...
Yesterday's performance from Devoy in refusing to name racism in Nisbet cartoons confirms even more strongly her total unsuitability for job
Shorter Al Nisbet: “I was just thoughtlessly validating an empty stereotype! It’s what cartoonists do!” http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/8735957/Racist-cartoon-slammed …
Nisbet compared himself to a Jester? Jesters used humour to educate the ruling class. Playing for dumb laughs just makes you a clown.
"Nisbet said he was not a racist". Oh, it's ok guys. He's not a racist, he said so
I finally get the comic. Nisbet was critiquing the capitalist social construct that presumes people are poor because they are lazy addicts
"We need to de-myth this bunk" - best Susan Devoy quote of all time.
The backlash against feeding poor kids has been grimly fascinating
Dame Susan Devoy also calls the Human Rights Act "the bill of human rights". Close enough.
I'm calling for the introduction of a Class Relations Commissioner.
@gtiso The entire purpose of our government is to be a Class Relations Commissioner.
How many of those dismissing outrage over Nesbit's cartoon as "PC nonsense", were mortally offended by Hone's "White Mofo" comment?
I've always hated Al Nisbet's Cartoons in the Christchurch Press. They're consistently poorly thought through.
Weather or not Al Nisbet is a racist (probably), I think the quesiton is whether or not he is a good satirist/cartoonist (no).
The Human Rights Act doesn't define "racist". Those cartoons are racist. A thing can be racist without breaching s.61 of the HRA
Even though it was such poor taste that cartoon has generated some real discussion.
Thanks for all the tweets, fortunately we're allowed to beg to differ, keep humour alive, and welcome cartoonists making us uncomfortable!
Remember when we spent all that energy on some stupid cartoonist? Good times.
"We thought very carefully about whether to publish it or not" - every editor ever about everything.
I'm offended that I am not offended by the Al Nisbet cartoon. Is that offensive? #lightenuppepole
Susan Devoy needs to resign. If she can't name blatant racism there's no hope we can progress the systemic or subtle. #susandevoy
Giving up on New Zealand for a bit until I can forget how many people are saying "Yeah but all he did was say what everyone was thinking."
@RuthLaugesen Can't wait for Nisbet's cartoon of opium smoking, fiendish Asiatic invaders - you know, cos it's his job to provoke 'n that.
The Nisbet cartoons do perpetrate an appalling stereotype - that South Islanders are a bunch of racist bigoted rednecks.
Rodney Hide on @LIVENewsDesk: "We don't need a highly paid bunch of bureaucrats to tell us what we should be offended by"
Kiwiblog comments summary: "Courageous Nisbet spoke truth to power, like an activist in the USSR." I'm not even exaggerating.
The same men who are telling us to "get a sense of humour" were gravely offended when Hone wrote his white motherfuckers email #rtpt