A day before the city’s municipal election, the Toronto Sun sparked controversy by publishing an editorial cartoon of mayoral candidate Olivia Chow.
The cartoon shows Chow "in a Mao suit literally riding on Jack Layton's coattails" as described by Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale. The cartoon was also criticized for picturing Chow with slanted eye glasses.
OK, it's legit - the Sun did run a cartoon of Olivia Chow in a Mao suit literally riding Jack Layton's coattails: pic.twitter.com/QzEX46VLeH— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 27, 2014
Chow told CP24 she thinks the cartoon is "disgusting."
“Because I am Chinese-Canadian, I must be a communist and have slanted eyes and glasses … and since I am a woman, I must be inferior and therefore not good enough for the job of the mayor so I must rely on my deceased husband so it both racist and sexist,” she said.
Members of Toronto's media and residents alike took to social media Sunday to express disgust at the cartoon, calling it a form of racism.
— Matt Poirier (@MattPoirier1) October 27, 2014
Wow, blatant, mean and demeaning racism from @TheTorontoSun at the expense of Olivia Chow and Jack Layton! Shame on you!!!— MsCL (@Foodiemental) October 27, 2014
@ddale8 It takes a lot of effort to be that offensive on that many levels.— Krista Elliott (@elliottkrista) October 27, 2014
While many expressed disappointment at the cartoon, some defended the work as fair game.
What do you think, does this cartoon cross a line?
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