March 15, 2018

Faux outrage over “sexist” editorial cartoon aimed at Caroline Mulroney

David MenziesMission Specialist


Political correctness has invaded former safe havens like comedy clubs and celebrity roasts, and now even the wicked and witty world of political satire is no longer safe.

Upon publication of a cartoon featuring Caroline Mulroney in a baby stroller, the usual suspects wailed about sexism in this latest affront to peoplekind.

Some even wrote angry letters to the editor, like one outraged Toronto Star reader who wrote in part:

“I doubt you’d have run the same illustration if the candidate had been his son Ben. Shame on you.”

While the Media Party may not have published any cartoons about Doug Ford kicking off his campaign from his mother’s basement, he was mercilessly mocked for it in print.

And what makes the writer think the Star would NOT have depicted Ben Mulroney sitting in a stroller had he chosen to run for leader? He doesn’t have any political experience either so why interpret the cartoon as an attack on her gender rather than position of privilege?

It’s those complaining who should be ashamed for seeing sexism where it doesn’t exist. The cartoon actually puts Mulroney on the same level as a man for being lampooned.

Had the artist decided to hold back or go easy on Caroline solely because she’s a woman, then THAT would have been an act of sexism.

Part of the deal for women to achieve full equality with men in the blood sport of politics is that they, too, must be fair game for merciless editorial cartoonists.

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commented 2018-03-16 22:27:10 -0400
RON VOSS VOSS commented 2018-03-16 00:49:41 -0400
Dave, “Woman achieving equality with men”? A tip Dave, the plural of “woman” is “women”.

Ron, why is it that this barbarism has entered the language? I even heard Climate Barbie use it the other day. Are we that uneducated or is there some other movement afoot? Unfortunately I first heard it here on The Rebel. Faith Goldy and David first used it, Why? Was there a decree fro on high that I missed. It sounds idiotic and uneducated. Please, David, cease and desist.
commented 2018-03-16 09:46:31 -0400
The irony is that Ralph was a reporter turned politician! And Ralph was a liberal, though I believe in the truest sense.
commented 2018-03-16 08:04:22 -0400
@ Drew
Ralph Klein as Premier, Brad Wall as Premier, Harper as PM, Trump as President all at the same time.

Sigh! Oh well. It was not to be.

Rest in peace, Ralph!
commented 2018-03-16 01:17:41 -0400
Peter Netterville can you imagine the state of our province now had Ralph not been in charge?
Best politician ever, he was a regular person , not an elitist snob like many of them today.
commented 2018-03-16 00:49:41 -0400
Dave, “Woman achieving equality with men”? A tip Dave, the plural of “woman” is “women”.
commented 2018-03-15 21:45:05 -0400
Caroline Mulroney is more progressive than conservative (much like her dad). So I’m not surprised that a Liberal is outraged (aren’t they always) that a fellow progressive was lampooned, nor that the Star would lampoon a conservative. It gets confusing when dealing with a party that calls itself Progressive Conservative. It would be nice to drop the “progressive” part.
commented 2018-03-15 21:00:51 -0400
The French are correct, as one cartoon can show the expression of 1000 words. It’s so funny that I have come back to see Caroline’s cartoon 5 times.
Then you think of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in France where Muslims killed 12 and injured 11, all over a cartoon that they didn’t like.
I hope we can get even some day.
commented 2018-03-15 20:30:26 -0400
Actually, made PC Barbie. You can interpret it which ever way you want.
commented 2018-03-15 20:24:59 -0400
Well, maybe Lawyer Barbie would be more appropriate.
commented 2018-03-15 20:24:06 -0400
Another thin skinned Climate Barbie in the making.
commented 2018-03-15 20:24:00 -0400
Another thin skinned Climate Barbie in the making.
commented 2018-03-15 19:28:05 -0400
It is easier to destroy than build, and the Alberta PC party and every NDP party that has ever existed in Canada are top notch expert level destroyers.
commented 2018-03-15 19:25:14 -0400
I’ll chime in on the Ralph Klein appreciation comments.

If only we could have another Ralph Klein.

I bet Ralph is spinning in his grave at all how all his hard work getting Alberta in the black and in the profit is rapidly undone first by the traitorous red PC party and then by the wannabe communists Alberta has now.
commented 2018-03-15 19:21:03 -0400
Well then David, I will say it – “If you can’t stand the heat then get the hell out of the kitchen Caroline.”
I have already stated in other posts that I don’t like Caroline. I never liked her father and I don’t like her.
She is a big cry baby. In another post I suggested that after Wynne loses she will join Hillary and await Notley then tour around complaining about how unfair it was that people did not vote for them etc. etc. Well Caroline can join them and as TAMMIE PUTINSKI-ZANDBELT added they can form a coven. That way they can cast spells on Trump, Doug, Harper and in fact the rest of us men – Ooooh, I’m afraid already.
commented 2018-03-15 18:52:59 -0400
Too funny. Those butthurt aren’t doing Caroline any favours. One would hope she has a thicker skin than Climate Barbie who thinks she is going to ‘change behaviours’. It is becoming embarrassing for the grown up portion of the female population.

Absolutely right , Politics is blood sport. If you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen. Oops! I didn’t mean that in a sexist way, thats’ the bloody saying.
commented 2018-03-15 18:36:42 -0400
@ Drew Wakariuk commented 2018-03-15 18:26:55 -0400
Ralph was the best. There will never be another.

Maybe?? If only we rednecks can learn "to shoot, shovel & shut up!!
commented 2018-03-15 18:26:55 -0400
Ralph was the best. There will never be another.
commented 2018-03-15 18:16:46 -0400
@ Deborah Graupner commented 2018-03-15 16:38:03 -0400
“Politics is a bloodsport” Ralph Klein

Damn!! I miss Ralph!! – he knew the conundrum of bullshit that Libtards glory in!
commented 2018-03-15 18:06:29 -0400
Some people are carriers of the “perpetually offended virus,” while others just plain don’t get it. I’m not sure which of these problems led Marie Muir to write her letter to the RedStar. Possibly a little of both.
Letters like Marie Muir’s are actually one of my favorite kinds of letters to the editor, and I’m sure if I were the editor who gets to choose which letters to publish I would have a real weakness for letters like Ms. Muir’s. Think of it as a public service. If somebody is determined to make a fool of themselves, why not help them out?
commented 2018-03-15 17:53:00 -0400
if you cant take the heat get out of the kitchen. Once you elect to step into the political arena you become fair game for everything. If your too naive to figure that out then you dont belong there so go back to the lawyer business
commented 2018-03-15 17:42:53 -0400
I would be really interested in seeing how any of these politicians or media personalities would react if they had received the kind of treatment the rebel staff has had to endure over the last couple years. It’s one thing to take assignments in hostile countries where you are prepared to run into hostile situations but few of us were prepared to come under friendly fire or denied access at least not in a liberal democracy and not by fellow conservatives. They certainly wouldn’t be dishing it out if they weren’t living a privileged life.
commented 2018-03-15 17:30:25 -0400
Deborah, without a sense of humour things can look pretty bleak at times!
commented 2018-03-15 17:26:43 -0400
Tammie – he was one of the best politicians ever, because he liked and cared about the people. A sense of humour is one the best relievers of stress. Now that we are living in the “everything offends me” world of insanity, everything thing is viewed through the narrow minds of socialists, who think they can dictate what can be said, and how it should be said, and who it can be said about. Truly pathetic! I’m keeping my sense of humour!
commented 2018-03-15 17:19:03 -0400
Deborah, Klein had some excellent quotes!
commented 2018-03-15 17:00:51 -0400
Off topic – but pure Ralph!
"A fine city with too many socialists and mosquitoes. At least you can spray the mosquitoes.”- Klein, then a Conservative MLA from Calgary, says of Edmonton in 1990.
commented 2018-03-15 16:38:03 -0400
“Politics is a bloodsport” Ralph Klein
commented 2018-03-15 16:33:05 -0400
Oh, the faux outrage! This is the same Caroline Mulroney that had you removed from the leadership convention. She can cry me a river of tears! If you want to be in public life then suck it up buttercup.
commented 2018-03-15 16:11:59 -0400
David, you were quite convincing when you proved that there was no sexism in the cartoon.
I would have gone another route; If Pierre was still with us, would the Star have printed the cartoon with Pierre pushing Justin and saying you are a born leader son. I doubt it !
commented 2018-03-15 16:04:57 -0400
I seem to remember former PM Mulroney giving a televised interview saying practically the same thing about his daughter! I found the cartoon funny. She wanted to jump from being a lawyer to CPC leader without having any experience….so yes, her political career was in it’s infancy when she decided to run as a candidate.