Saturday 21 October 2017

'Wrong on so many levels' - Daily Mail's DUP cartoon sparks outrage online

British Prime Minister Theresa May greets DUP leader Arlene Foster outside 10 Downing Street in London Photo: PA
British Prime Minister Theresa May greets DUP leader Arlene Foster outside 10 Downing Street in London Photo: PA

Sasha Brady

Today's Daily Mail cartoon has sparked outrage online, amid complaints that it's filled with racist stereotypes and completely misses the mark.

Tuesday's Mac cartoon references news that Theresa May reached a £1bn (€1.14bn) deal with the Democratic Unionist Party to prop up her minority Conservative government.

The cartoon depicts a pub called The Belfast Arms. A flustered landlord and landlady stare aghast at the empty pints of Guinness propped on the counter. A sign reads "Free Guinness for Life" and inebriated men and women lay sprawled on the ground, clutching their empty pint glasses after taking advantage of the offer.

Accompanying the cartoon is the caption: "Theresa May took some persuading but eventually the DUP clinched the deal."

Twitter users shared their outrage online, calling out the newspaper for pushing the boundaries of decency with its cartoon.

English musician Billy Bragg accused the newspaper of "racial stereotyping".

Another Twitter user commented that the cartoon had missed the mark, highlighting the fact that the DUP is a movement rooted in conservative and ultra-conservative forms of Christianity.

It also noted that its founder, Ian Paisley, once waged a war on alcohol and famously described alcoholic drinks - mainly draught Guinness - as "the devil's buttermilk".

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