To me this cartoon is just a good example of satire, showing what happened in a satirical way, that's all, nothing insulting towards Chinese people.Unfortunately the whole concept of satire is often misunderstood, often in countries without much freedom of speech....I've made my own cartoon about the virus but so far have 'escaped' damnation...
It's just a lesson for the people who hurts other countries or even other individuals, any bad intention you are doing today. Be ready to be hurt back. Pay for equal price or even worse.
whoever said " well done" let the author post sth about Australia fire and the bloody picture of animals. Remember we all supported Australia and friends in Australia. Shame on yourself!
Maybe to sell Greenland to Trump is a great idea as well. Then the @Metteprime (Her twitter account) and the cartoon author would feel the same humor.
can't believe, free speech?seriously???this is what you called freedom? I'm sorry I used really bad words but this is a behavior that harmful to both countries people feeling, the history about theww2 is heavy,but today Chinese people also going through a tough time,thousands of patients,and million people are stressful,because the virus,and you jump out,want to fuxk up my country, U can't understand our feeling, I'm so angry that you can see through my bad words,I hate you,I'm hoping you go to hell,really,why?why you do this? the Internet protect you
As a Chinese person, I would like to explain the meaning of the Chinese flags first. The yellow stars represent Chinese people. Yes, Chinese PEOPLE. Our flag is red as red colour is a symbol of blood from the heroes who sacrificed for his country during the war. This is the meaning of our flag. So you are like saying every Chinese is walking coronavirus. Of course we will be offended. Some artists draw encouraging stuff, while otheres can be quite critical. It is very understandable. However, in my opinion, art really should not be a thing to express or raise hatred. Unfortunately, this is the result of this work. I am not sure if you ever read comments, or perhaps you are happy to see your work has caused this much influence. But personally, I feel you are the person who should apolosize. You have caused hatred between Chinese and Danish people. I didn't and I couldn't guess your original purpose of this work but I don't see anything to be critical about innocent people who suffered and died from the virus. You might be critical about eating wild animals, yet not everyone eats those, just like not every Danish kills wales for fun. And as far as I know, people who died, people who lost their family, and doctors who cried under stress are innocent and you should not treat them like this. All in all, freedom of expression doesn't justify for such aggressive and sarcastic drawing towards Chinese people, especially when we are in such difficult and despirate times, thank you.
People who made and approved this cartoon has worm in their head, called "freedom" and "free speech" Look at my Avatar, that is for aforementioned individuals.
Something less sinister: a certificate that was not correctly configured.
Hi Tjeerd, wondering if you can shed some light on the outage today on the Cartoon Movement website please. Was this a hacking attempt in the wake of satirical cartoons posted or something less sinister?
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Well done Niels
Hi Maarten,So the problem is that Chinese are not used to satire? I respectfully disagree. I am quite used to satire but I did not feel comfortable when I saw in this particular work. What is the point of satirising a country that is going through a natural disaster? We use satire because it is an excellent way to criticise foolishness and corruption of an individual or a society so hopefully this could bring a little bit more concern and change. However in this case I am afraid the spread of the virus in China is not a consequence of individuals being stupid. The Chinese seem to try very hard to control it, from ordinary people to government, and that is not a sign of corruption of a person or a society either. What's the funny point of laughing at a country which is suffering a natural disaster and trying to fight against it? Freedom of speech has deeply rooted in our western culture and society but it has never recognised as an absolute right. I seldom see cartoonists satirising that 3-year-old refugee boy dying on the beach, mocking someone who have congenital disabilities, or making fun of a person who just lost his or her parents in an accident - this is neither showing humanity nor meaningful.
Nice one, Niels Bo! Plus a big shoutout for the PR bonus, dude! :D
to YoLoXy: I think i just got it, patriotism is pretty common in China, the most of chinese ppl are aware that one should not make fun of the national flag of their own country, so do the other countries, cuz one should awlays show respect to each other. BUT it seems Mr, Niles doesn`t agree with that. I believe he would love to make fun of the flag of his own country, when he sees someone humiliating his home country he will just be quiet and walk away like nothing happens, without hesitation, and doesn`t feel ashamed at all.
Quoting my friend:
“First of all, China is now literally building a 1000 person hospital to house patients of the virus, taking about 2 weeks to complete. People around the country have stopped what they're doing to assist with the virus. It's actually something quiet impressive for a country to do, to being able to mobilize its resources that quickly and help its people.
Yet all I've seen about the virus in western media/ social media is a ridiculous amount of Sinophobia and racism. Posts about Chinese people being "disgusting", "uneducated", deserving of the virus -you've got to be joking. The way the news writes about China as well, it's essentially western propaganda and you're all buying into it, all because Chinese people live a different lifestyle to you all.
Also, where are the donation campaigns for the people in China? Koalas die in Australia and everyone is ready to throw their money at them but what about actual people? Hospitals are running out of supplies, people can't go to work, shops have all closed, people are in need of help. But no, all the West likes to do is eat Chinese food, wear cultural appropriation and have all its products rely on cheap Chinese labor.
Sinophobia is rampant, from the Chinese Exclusion Act, to "Chinese Restaurant Syndrome" to the news today - taking whatever opportunity it can to demonize China. Chinese people still deal with a lot of racism every day as well. Yellow peril has always been around and with racism, unfortunately always will be.
But seriously, what makes people think it's okay to pick and choose what parts of Chinese culture they want to consume but when Chinese people need genuine help cause they're literally sick and dying, you all turn a blind eye or you jump to make jokes about them? THE AUDACITY”
Dear Maarten and Niles,
Please try to understand those people who are going through such a tragic situation: hundreds dead, thousands may be diagnosed, hundreds of millions of others living their lives under great panic every single day, and so so much elderly living on their own couldn’t see their kids or grandkids during the most important festival of the year due to necessary cancellation of travel plans. Doctors and nurses around the whole nation are rushing into Wuhan despite of EVERYTHING, and all because of those who worked at the most front end had been working shifts after shift nonstop trying to keep things under control.
So PLEASE try to share some SYMPATHY with people who are suffering rather than “satire”.
Hi Nils, (or is it Nils Bo?) I see that we made a chinese flag with the virus on the same day. That explains why I had hundreds of threats today on Instagram. Boy, the chinese are really not used to satire. Keep up the good work!
I personally feel uncomfortable with this illustration. unlike sarcastic comics about politic topic, virus is just like a natural disaster. to stop the further spreading it requires the strong and extreme method by the government, which the five-star flag represents, and millions of Chinese families are counting on. it's definitely not friendly making fun of it. but I do noticed that this is not the first time the author make illustration from a country's flag. maybe he just never realize it. anyway wish the crisis end soon and all the best to Chinese people.
I am afraid that the author has shown that he has lost some of his humanity by picturing China as a land of virus in this satire. It is okej that you do not show your support, it is okej that no comfort is given to those families who are affected, it is okej that you do not have any empathy, but it is not okej to laugh at those who need help or satirize the whole nature. Äckligt!
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This is my take:I said, "Brilliant" to the artistic merit of the illustration.
No country deserves to be under a runaway strain of a viral attack. Unfortunately, China is undergoing a severe stress and strain, and their law and order infrastructure is doing all it can to contain it. Probably in a better way than what happened in the earlier swine flu and avian flu outbreaks.That said, if the EU were ever to undergo some similar catastrophe, will there be an outrage, if a cartoonist were to convert the EU flag stars into a cartoon virus? I think so.
If the US, too, were ever to undergo some similar catastrophe, will there be an outrage, if a cartoonist were to convert the US flag's stars into a cartoon virus? I think so.
At this rate, there will only be outrage to any form of expression, And the freedom of expression will mutate into freedom of outrage.I don't believe Niels was getting personal with the unfortunate state of affairs in China.
We all are mortals. We will cease to exist due to Genetic Coding or Genetic Mutation.In this brief life span, it is better to engage in a discourse, through words or drawings.Understandably, civility and cordiality will be largely overshadowed by anger.
what if we post something to gross out ugly part of Danish Flag ? This is a person think he is fun back lack of common sense of humanity. Danish has Novo nordisk in Copenhagen who has done a lot of animal tests in China and made large profit. what kind of person could insult another country who is suffering from virus outbreak.
This is NOT funny and NOT fine to joke about
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