Wootton Bassett Cartoon Sparks Outrage

People now know how it feels to be mocked by a cartoon. I remember when a cartoon was being used to describing Islam in Holland and UK it was seen by some as POLITICAL CORRECTNESS GONE MAD. It seems like this has now come to the fore & for the record I would not put with any form of cartoons that goes out of the way to cause offence.

A cartoon mocking Wootton Bassett’s tributes to dead soldiers has been condemned by senior Conservative and Labour politicians.

Mourners for Marine Anthony Hotine, 21, as his coffin passes through Wootton Bassett along with the coffins of Corporal Terry Webster, 24, Lance Corporal Alan Cochran, 23, and Lance Bombardier Mark Chandler, 32, after their bodies were repatriatied at RAF Lyneham, Wiltshire

Wootton Bassett’s residents hold roadside vigils for fallen soldiers

After the Queen honoured the town by renaming it Royal Wootton Bassett, the Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell wrote in a cartoon: “Welcome to Royal Wootton Deathfest.”

His cartoon also said the town is “not twinned with Fallujah”, a reference to the Iraqi town where US forces were accused of killing civilians.

The town’s residents have been widely praised for their silent roadside vigils as the bodies of soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq return home.

Defence Secretary Liam Fox told the Sun: “It’s tasteless and offensive. It shows a total lack of respect for our fallen.

“It’s cowardly and bad taste which stands in stark contrast to the pride of the people of Royal Wootton Bassett.”

A spokesman for Labour leader Ed Miliband told the paper: “There is no doubt that to the vast majority of people in country, Wootton Bassett deserves its Royal designation.

“It should be a matter for some pride and should not be denigrated in this way.”

Many Guardian readers praised Bell’s cartoon on the paper’s website.

Several said it was “spot on”, while one – using the name “Rather be red” – declared: “Our soldiers are not heroes because there is nothing heroic about this war.”

The Guardian faced some complaints, however. One reader said it was “intensely disrespectful” and another said it was “offensive and moronic”.

A third reader asked: “Why does Steve Bell hate Britain so much?”


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