I just saw the headline about the ANC demanding the boycott of the City Press, and I actually COULD not bring myself to read it.
That any political party, let alone the one we're supposed to trust to run our country can be that petty, let alone that clueless, makes me think we're closer to the tipping point than we ever thought possible.
First off, let's put political art in perspective: it's SUPPOSED to be unflattering, because it's about satire and social commentary. It's the voice of the voiceless, and it is designed to put social commentary into a 'language' that's instantly readable and understandable, even to the illiterate.
Given the hoo ha this particular piece has caused, I'd say it's achieved that admirably.
But back to the point.
After the ANC drew attention to this particular piece of protest art - which I for one would probably never have known about without their help - they are now trying to cram the genie back into the bottle.
Do they even realise how futile their efforts are?
Go to Google's image search. Type in 'the spear zuma.' Take a look at the 73,900 images from around the world that the search returns. Look at how they're from all over the world. Look at all the photos, cartoons and other images this debacle has spawned.
Then tell me that all the blustering and attempts at bravado in the world will EVER remove this image from the collective consciousness of the world.
Move on ANC. You've lost this one.
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