'Wrong on so many levels' - Daily Mail's DUP cartoon sparks outrage online
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."
Mac in Daily Mail wrong on so many levels: Racial stereotyping; the DUP are teetotalers; if they drank, it wouldn't be stuff made in Dublin pic.twitter.com/BCzDg3bOLv— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) June 27, 2017
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".
Clearly the right wing Daily Mail has no idea about the DUP and it's views on the world. pic.twitter.com/ltypSV2Z1A— Gary Bush (@BushMelton) June 27, 2017
Thought this was from the 1970s— Paolo Poodle (@PaoloPoodle) June 27, 2017
They probably do drink the stuff made in Dublin, but they would staunchly deny such endeavours— Alastair Stewart (@pufftentacle83) June 27, 2017
Stereotypes aside, Mac in the Mail has patently never met anyone from the DUP pic.twitter.com/RHiItELE93— Ian Prior (@ianprior) June 27, 2017
Must be galling that the paper that might be most sympathetic to them knows/cares so little about who they are— Ian Prior (@ianprior) June 27, 2017
Where to start..? The pub name? The drinking? The tasteful image of bodies lying in a Belfast street through the door?— Kevin Doherty (@attenburgher) June 27, 2017
I don't claim to understand the makeup of the DUP but this is so far off the mark, it's embarrassing...— Hilda by Design (@DesignHilda) June 27, 2017