Al Nisbet and the cruel art of punching down

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…the greatest NZ cartoonist of all time, David Low, will be turning in his grave today.

Al Nisbet does it again

Just when you thought it wasnt possible to scrape the barrel anymore than he’s managed to over the years with his hateful stereotypes…

290513 The Marlborough Express Al Nisbet cartoon

…he surprises by reminding us all that there’s a segment of NZ whose low horizon petty spite is an unmovable stain…

…the greatest NZ cartoonist of all time, David Low, will be turning in his grave today.

 

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28 Comments

  1. cleangreen says:

    ‘Touche partner.’

    “We are now running a baby factory”

  2. Z says:

    Nessie is out of touch with the price of raising children and apparently parents in general.

  3. Damocles says:

    Are the poor beyond criticism? Remember Monty Python’s mocking of poor large Catholic families – classic!

    • Are the poor beyond criticism?

      The question I put to you, ‘Damocles’ is why you feel it necessary to put that question.

      Criticising an individual for his/her actions or words is one thing.

      But criticising an entire demographic group? There are words for that.

      • Damocles says:

        I think the reverse question is more important – why do you think that the poor must be beyond criticism?

        Are you so blinded by politics that you think that no-one below a certain income level can do anything wrong?

        Do you think they cannot laugh at themselves?

        Most importantly – have you never laughed at Monty Python’s song “Every sperm is sacred” !!!

  4. If the role of cartoonists is to peer away the veneer of “Authority”; to question questionable social mores; to put privilege under a spotlight – then Nisbet fails on all counts.

    Hence why I don’t use any of his material in my blogposts. He doesn’t
    subvert prejudice, he reinforces it.

    No doubt he has a steady fan-base amongst core National and ACT voters. That should speak volumes why his “cartoons” are propaganda for the privileged.

    • Damocles says:

      Who says that the role of cartoonists is to peel away the “veneer of authority”? I see them as highlighting the ironies and human foibles present in us all.

      You want to harness them as propagandists in your ideological crusades – I shudder to think what humour would be like in your ideal world.

      • stefan broca says:

        “Who says that the role of cartoonists is to peel away the “veneer of authority”? I see them as highlighting the ironies and human foibles present in us all.”
        Who says? every political cartoonist worth their salt, that’s who…. This filth is racist profiling, pure and simple… The only real question here is why a regional newspaper finds it so necessary to attack the poor among us, and why they feel justified in doing so….
        To champion the denigration of the poor, using racist memes is to display a desire for fascist, and totalitarian leadership of society…
        Certainly, the need in any “democratic” society to ensure elected representatives act according to the principles of decency, and perform their duties with the greater good of society in mind is paramount.. Allowing race baiting to be glorified exposes a desire for the exact opposite, and displays nothing more than smug xenophobia…

    • Andrew says:

      He’s pointing out the elephant in the room that you touchy-feely PC types are afraid to acknowledge.

      The facts:

      Poor people are more likely to smoke
      Obesity is more common among the ‘welfare class’
      Alcohol consumption is higher the further you go down the social ladder
      The welfare system is propping up large families

      It’s about time you realised our current welfare system is exacerbating the problem rather than solving it.

      • e-clectic says:

        The data however shows that those behaviours/conditions are more prevalent in societies where there is higher inequality. Other countries with similar/better welfare systems have lower smoking, obesity,alcoholism etc rates.

        Apparently “touchy-feely PC” means making policies and decisions based on the data rather than hard ass prejudice.

        • Andrew says:

          That’s a circular argument

          You create dependency through welfare and then, not surprisingly, find those who are dependent are hopeless at managing their personal affairs, and your solution is to throw more welfare at them!

          By that same logic your solution to addiction is another fix, courtesy of the taxpayer.

          • e-clectic says:

            Welfare alone doesn’t create welfare dependency otherwise we’d see that across the board in countries with social welfare.
            Remember when we had free schooling, universities, free health, child allowances and 100% employment?

      • stefan broca says:

        “He’s pointing out the elephant in the room that you touchy-feely PC types are afraid to acknowledge.”
        Stupid, shallow drivel from a a mediocre mind…. Those “touchy feelers” you fail utterly to understand, have a better grasp on the reality of the lowest echelons reality than any, and all current tory mossbacks…. NZ will take decades to repair its social fabric as a result of the last three national party governments “divide and conquer” power grabs… The logic is simple and immutable.. Kieth Holyoake started this stupidity by importing thousands of people who had no experience of twentieth century technology, and abandoned them without any meaningful support.. Giving them a house, and more money than they had ever had before doesn’t qualify as support if there is no attempt to educate them as to deal with this windfall… Every attempt by labour governments to redress this has been met with the racist cry of “soft on welfare bludgers”.. taken up gleefully by an ignorant tory electorate… “our current welfare system is exacerbating the problem rather than solving it.” Yes, the current National party “welfare system” is making it worse, for everyone… which is only one of the reasons why they were replaced last year…. the cartoonist in question is simply pandering to the racist, rednecked, reactionary party support base… it reminds us out here in the real world that the deep south has a lot of shit to get over, and it’s not doing it well at all…

      • Christine says:

        Get lost Andrew. Clearly you’ve never socialised with top drawer people, but our top professional people do drink, and they drink well, but not cheap plonk from cardboard caskets.

        Smoking – highest rates among nurses and doctor’s wives – and I could name at least one top oncologist who is a tobacco smoker, one leading pathologist, a groundbreaking radiologist et al. These people deal with situations on a daily basis which would make cliched little pricks like you weak at the knees.

        Our tax system props up the greedies, by making payments like Working For Families to working people, often hard working people, whose earnings are simply not enough to support them.

        It is easier for gutless craven politicians to pay out tax payer money to the ungainfully employed to keep them afloat, rather than legislate to ensure fair pay for fair work, and bruise the feelings and the bank balances of employers.

        You say that the welfare system is exacerbating the problem with no indication of what “the problem” is. The biggest problem is sanctimonious ignorami like you.

        How about you ask your local MP why taxpayers are having to prop up exploitive well- to- do employers ?

        And watch it Andrew- the causes of obesity can be quite complex, and you too could be on the way to being a fatty man so if I were you I’d try to be a bit less judgmental – have another diet coke -drink less freshly squeezed lemon juice, it’s showing.

        • phillip ure says:

          ‘It is easier for gutless craven politicians to pay out tax payer money to the ungainfully employed to keep them afloat, rather than legislate to ensure fair pay for fair work, and bruise the feelings and the bank balances of employers. ‘

          wot christine said..

    • Christine says:

      Yep he reinforces both prejudice and ignorance, which is totally inexcusable.

      He is a deliberate mischief maker who adds to the misery of the poor and deprived.

      He is not humorous or even vaguely funny. I expect a chuckle or chortle from a cartoon, but this low-life exists to provide sniggers from dimwits like himself, he is a school bully sort of boy.

      The poor have been deliberately demonised by the previous govt and Al is a grubby little part of this, and an intellectual whore.

  5. Nick Stone says:

    Funny…I think the same thing every time I see a cartoon from Malcolm Evans regarding his depiction of Israel and his blanket treatment of Israelis as war criminals and murders of Palestinians.

  6. Andy K says:

    Lowbrow “humour” to portray supposedly “lowbrow people”—reveals who is truly vulgar.

    Considering the prominent theme in these cartoons of disparaging certain groups in society as undesirables, Nisbet almost appears to replace Malan in David Low’s Evolution Backwards.

    • Sam Sam says:

      It’s the funny pages fighting back. Even some one like yourself gives Nesbit and Stuff way to much credit. They’re tone deaf. They actually don’t give a fuck. There just hitting the print money button in adverts over and over.

  7. Kim dandy says:

    Spot on Sam – all about the money, too bad what people think. If it’s cheap and easy, they’ll use it.
    No hard issues here please…

  8. Francesca says:

    But it is not just the poor Nesbit is mocking, his crude caricatures are unmistakably Polynesian.

  9. Johnnybg says:

    If you ain’t got a good sense of humour & can’t laugh at yourself then this ‘sickness unto death’ we call life, will get you down from the get go. I live among these people, I know what the good & bad among them are really like, do you? Some honesty please. In an over populated & dumbed down world we should not be encouraging people to breed. $60 for a new kid, absolutely stupid vote grabbing policy by a head in the sand globalisation party.

  10. Mike the Lefty says:

    Al Nisbet is also showing his ignorance of biological science.
    You can’t actually “try” for triplets, if “trying” is a euphemism for sex because it only rarely happens normally and there is nothing (other than witchdoctor advice) that can naturally improve the chances.
    The only way you can actually “try” for triplets is using fertility drugs, and fertility drugs are actually b…. expensive and if Al Nisbet thinks the kind of cartoon caricature family he depicts could afford fertility drugs then he obviously knows very little about the subject.
    Most racists are also supremely ignorant.
    touche.