Carlin causes a storm

25 May 2019

Political cartoons sooner or later end up offending the people they satirise. This was the case last Sunday when La República published a cartoon by Carlín of Rosa Bartra, the president of the constitution committee in Congress, dressed in sado-masochistic leathers, athwart the figure of Prime Minister Salvador del Solar, whip in hand, asking her victim "You wanted prompt attention? I’ll give you prompt attention", as she threw the government’s political reform legislation into the waste bin. 

The howls of protest from fujimoristas on social media were not slow in coming, along with personal threats to Carlín.

Carlín is one of Peru’s most politically acute cartoonists, blending a capacity to hit the (political) nail on the head with unerring accuracy, a gift for irony, and a graphical skill that is second to none. As many of our readers know, he does this day after day after day. Indeed, he has been doing this since the late 1970s in various publications, including the unforgettable Monos y Monadas.

But humour, it would seem, is not the stock in trade of some fujimoristas.

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