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Few see racial slur in cartoons of PM

Jun 17th, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

By Nicole Bennik, Josie  Glasson and Aaron van Delden

CARTOON portrayals of John Key as Jewish are not something the public has noticed, according to a NewsWire street poll.

Stephen YardleyLiz ClimoAlthough a spokesman for the Jewish community says members are offended by cartoonists drawing the PM with a big nose, most people shown an example were bemused – and most didn’t know about his Jewish background.

Many of the 15 people in central Wellington shown Tom Scott’s portrayal in the Dominion Post on June 16, 2010 said it was not racist.

Stephen Yardley (left), Upper Hutt, was more concerned about how Mr Key’s hands were drawn.

MattHayley Jones“I’ve never seen them drawn like that,” he said.

Liz Climo (above right), Johnsonville, also felt there was no racial slur.

Matt (left, last name not supplied) sensed the cartoon was only drawn to fit the Prime Minister’s mannerisms, and not his race.

“I don’t really like him,” he said.

“So I’m probably not the person to ask.”

Trevor DunneMorgan TukaririHayley Jones (above right), Newlands, was not aware of Mr Key’s ancestry, but thought the cartoon was an unfair representation, regardless of the way his nose was drawn.

However, some polled did think the cartoon was anti-Semitic. Trevor Dunne, (left)  from Auckland’s North Shore, thought Tom Scott was playing on Key’s Jewishness.

Morgan Tukariri (right), Palmerston North, agreed: “It’s a good cartoon though.”

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