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.