The hullabaloo surrounding Bill Leak’s controversial cartoon, has taken a new turn after Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion condemned the publication’s “racist” act. While Leak’s unflattering sketch hasn’t gone down well for many, one could also find its relevance with the Royals- Prince William and Kate Middleton’s parenting style towards their son Prince George.
The controversial cartoon showed an Aboriginal child being handed back by a police officer to an apparently drunk father who cannot remember his son’s name. Indigenous groups claimed the cartoon was “ugly, insulting and embarrassing,” as reported by The BBC. Cartoonists are known for having a rich tradition of irreverent satire, and we feel Leak’s most-talked about sketch has much more to do than just racism.
The Indigenous cartoon may also seem like an attempt to make fun at Prince William, whose parenting style has grabbed the attention of the media and public. We have always noticed how the Duke of Cambridge often kneels down while talking to his toddler son.
He was even scolded by the Queen for doing it at the Trooping the Color event. Experts have constantly lauded the Royal father’s act of crouching down to Prince George’s level, as he could look into the toddler’s eyes and get a better understanding of what he speaks.
While William’s parenting technique may not fit into the formal setting, Leak’s cartoon on the other hand, seems like a dig taken at this not-so-royal act. This may or maynot be a deliberate attempt by the publication, but one can’t completely deny the relevant distinction between the two.
Claiming it as an honest depiction of the truth, Cartoonist Bill Leak has defended his drawing immediately after a protest broke out.
“I was trying to say that if you think things are pretty crook for the children locked up in the Northern Territory’s Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, you should have a look at the homes they came from. Then you might understand why so many of them finished up there,” Leak wrote in Friday’s The Australian.