Shame, Clovis, shame!

Monday, August 29, 2011    

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Dear Editor,

As you know, Jamaicans pay great attention to cartoon journalism which cartoonists use as a tool to give satirical twists to social, political, economic or religious incidents that take place around the country. And considering the genre to which cartoons belong, some of us are crazy about the caricatures they depict.

There are other times, however, when cartoon journalists create great annoyance among the population because of the malice, misrepresentation, disrespect and prejudice they cruelly promote against individuals and institutions alike. This brings me to your newspaper's cartoons and cartoonist, Clovis.

Clovis deserves a medal of shame for crudity and insensitivity towards Mrs Simpson Miller, marginalised inner-city residents and Jamaicans of a certain ilk and class. Clovis's seemingly sick devotion to mischaracterise and rebrand ordinary Jamaicans as viragos reached epic proportions in his August 26, 2011 cartoon.

If the Jamaica Observer believes it can continue to embrace Clovis's sardonic and abusive style or pass off his unmitigated affront to the Jamaican people under the guise of satirical innocuousness and freedom, then it must prepare itself to be viewed exactly as Clovis unfairly depicts some of his characters. For in a society that is on the brink of social and cultural degradation, the least the Jamaica Observer can do to help is either to tame the monster it has created in Clovis or replace him. His cartoons may produce peels of laughter in the boardrooms and at the dining tables within "Gate Beautiful", but the rest of the society is indignant.

Alphas Woodbine

Mosquito Hole District

St Mary

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