The Toronto Sun is facing intense scrutiny over an editorial cartoon of mayoral candidate Olivia Chow published Sunday, just one day before the city's election.
OK, it's legit - the Sun did run a cartoon of Olivia Chow in a Mao suit literally riding Jack Layton's coattails: pic.twitter.com/QzEX46VLeH
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 27, 2014
The cartoon, created by the Sun's Andy Donato, draws Mao with slanted eyes, glasses, delivering laundry and literally stepping on the coattails of a jacket belonging to her late husband Jack Layton.
Chow expressed her outrage in an interview with CP24 Sunday night, calling the cartoon "outrageous," "racist" and "sexist."
“It is disgusting," she said. "Because I am Chinese-Canadian, I must be a communist and have slanted eyes and glasses ... and since I am a woman, I must be inferior and therefore not good enough for the job of the mayor so I must rely on my deceased husband so it is both racist and sexist."
“It goes to prove that we need to stand firm against racism because it still exists," Chow added.
Other readers and journalists took to Twitter to slam the cartoon for its offensive nature:
— Gerald Butts (@gmbutts) October 27, 2014
— Hannah Sung (@HannahSung) October 27, 2014
Of the at-least 27 distinct tasteless things in that stunning SUN cartoon I think the slanted eye glasses is the most impressively awful
— Scott Reid (@_scottreid) October 27, 2014
Wow, blatant, mean and demeaning racism from @TheTorontoSun at the expense of Olivia Chow and Jack Layton! Shame on you!!!
— MsCL (@Foodiemental) October 27, 2014
— Janet M (@cyberpackrat) October 27, 2014
@ddale8 I don't think anyone's ever accused the Sun of being classy. This is really racist and ignorant.
— Pat Anderson (@Digiteyes) October 27, 2014
The Huffington Post has reached out to the Toronto Sun and will update this post if and when the paper responds.
H/T Jeet Heer