Zuma-Gupta cartoon: A finger too far

2014-01-19 10:01

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A cartoon of President Jacob Zuma seated on Atul Gupta’s fist and giving the finger has been censored.

Durban theatre promoter Logan Moodley on Thursday pulled the plug on the Nanda Soobben cartoon, which was to have been used as a poster to promote the play Xse!

You Ain’t Seen Nuthin Yet, on the grounds that it would be “offensive”.

The show’s producer, Vanessa Kisten, said Moodley had asked that the cartoon be changed to an image of Zuma on Gupta’s palm, with no finger raised.

Kisten said she took a “business decision’’ to change the poster so it would be “suitable for family viewing”.

Moodley said he felt the cartoon would be “offensive” to Durban Indian theatregoers, most of whom were accompanied by their children to plays.

“It was my call. There was no pressure from anybody else.”

Soobben said: “The cartoon has already been published in the Big Issue magazine and in my calendar.

“Everybody else seemed scared to use it. People seem scared, especially in KwaZulu-Natal.”

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