Australia remains the freest country on the planet

The Herald Sun’s front page on Wednesday.

Nowhere else is this any longer even possible. And then there was Bill Leak. But how long will it last? Full story: Newspaper doubles down with front page response to Serena Williams cartoon critics. And more from Andrew Bolt.

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43 Responses to Australia remains the freest country on the planet

  1. Elle

    Caricatures are suppose to show a person in a distorted and exaggerated way. Apparently black women can’t be the subject of a caricature or black men for that matter. Is Mark Knight going to be hounded to death, as the late great Bill Leak was. Hang in there, Mark. You’ve done nothing wrong.

  2. What’s interesting is that my wife showed me a bunch of old cartoons of Williams drawn by many different cartoonists, which were far worse than what Knight has drawn. Odd that this has now become an issue.

    I also find it odd that Knight is accused of drawing Osaka as a white girl, when it’s clear that’s not the case. Just few cartoons but the older ones are hard to find (I wonder why?)

  3. iain russell

    Go Mark go! Bore it up ’em!

  4. stackja

    Williams sister were once the ideal model of sport? Stories to the contrary spiked? If Rupert gets upset?

  5. BrettW

    Well done the Herald Sun and Mark Knight.

    Probably won’t be able to find one in Brisbane but that front page is going to sell a lot of papers today.

    Tickets for the Australian Open must be getting a boost !

  6. stackja

    BrettW
    #2815009, posted on September 12, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    CM digital had the HS front page this morning.

  7. Fred

    Where’s the Je suis Charlie crowd gone?

  8. Pedro the Ignorant

    Well done to the Hun for giving the finger to the faux outrage brigade.

    I fully expected News Corp to sack Mark Knight and issue a grovelling apology to “anybody who was offended”.

    Some respect for the media restored. (Not you, ABC).

  9. H B Bear

    That may come as news to someone standing on the footpath having a smoke in the UK. Or drinking a wine on the beach or a park in Europe.

  10. Death Giraffe

    Australia remains the freest country on the planet”

    ..
    Horseshit.

  11. Robbo

    Congrats to the Herald Sun for their full on front page. Those thin skinned Americans can take it or leave it because having a sense of humour should not be the vehicle for ridiculous racist claims. As for the self loathing Australians who have joined in the outrage go shove it where the sun don’t shine.

  12. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Australia remains the freest country on the planet

    You gotta ease up on the peyote.

  13. PB

    The thing about racism (as defined by our Betters) is that it saves time and could even save your life one day. That one judicious early (Melbournians note) crossing of the street may be all it takes (of course that would then be a “micro-aggression”).

  14. Sunni Bakchat

    Australia is far from the freest country on the planet. Its constitution is inferior to the United States’.

    It’s the epic Narcissism of the left causing the weak signal to noise ratio. Narcissism born of weak Baby Boomer parenting and the “I” technology revolution that meets all needs except those that really matter.

    The more the left howls, the surer the sign they know their existential demise is looming. Let us be sure they are utterly vanquished rather than just half finishing them off.

    Courage is Fire. Bullying is smoke. Disraeli

  15. struth

    Freest country on earth…

    Step away from the bong.

    You absolute knob.

    We are one of the most over regulated countries on the planet, and when it comes to social and IR control, the worst.

    How much overseas travel have you done lately?

    The USA definitely allows it.
    This goes on daily in many countries.
    Serena was under huge pressure from left wing femarxists to beat a Christian anti gay marriage, Australian white woman’s record.
    That’s why they’ve got the shits with this.
    The umpire went against the narrative.
    That’s why they are so up in arms with it.

  16. Viva

    Racial sensitivities are much more acute than here in oz because of slavery and Jim crow resonances
    Remember some years ago when Harry Connick Jr., the American singer and actor, who was serving as a guest judge on “Hey Hey It’s Saturday”, was shocked by a skit, in which five men with afro wigs and blackface sang and danced behind a Michael Jackson impersonator wearing white makeup.

    The Aussie performers couldn’t understand the fuss

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/michael-jackson/6270948/Australian-variety-show-in-Jackson-Five-blackface-controversy the fuss some years ago when

  17. duncanm

    hmm. This from a 2009 tantrum.

  18. Alex Davidson

    Headlines like this do us no favours at all. The writers at the Guardian and Fairfax are probably already preparing their lines as they sing the praises of our big government socialist nanny state: “even the bloggers at Catallaxy Files agree”.

    Steve has obviously never attempted to carry out improvements to his house, tried to purchase effective means of self defence, been stopped by police without cause and forced to submit to a drug test, been forced to put up a pool fence, tried to buy a replacement incandescent lamp, tried to develop land, set up a business, or been hounded by the government for failing to obey one of their petty edicts.

    Australia is very far from being the freest country in the world, as anyone with global life experience will quickly confirm. Even communist China is far freer in the areas that matter to most people, particularly economics and business, and there is none of the political correctness nonsense that we are forced to put up with here.

  19. Confused Old Misfit

    If you lot think you’re hard done by in Oz, try the gender benders equality paradise that is Canada.

    Even your pronouns are policed!

  20. Davey Boy

    Yes in my experience even in Vietnam the man in the street (or riding xe Honda) is subject to a fraction of the interference by ‘government’ compared to citizens in Oz

  21. Vicki

    Where’s the Je suis Charlie crowd gone?

    Yes. In the breathless reporting this morning… no mention of Bill Leak, Charlie Hebdo massacre, the Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard….only the “insensitivity” of the cartoon of Serene Williams.

  22. 2dogs

    The ABC purports to explain why the cartoon was racist here, which, after you ignore a weird aside where the author describes unrelated caricatures of Michelle Obama, seems to boil down to two points:

    1. John McEnroe and other white male tennis players who engaged in similar behaviour were not penalised for it.

    2. Knight drew Naomi Osaka as a “blonde girl with a light skin tone”.

    Neither of these two statements is true. I am still at a complete loss as to why Knight’s cartoon is considered racist.

  23. Sydney Boy

    Other US media pointed out that Osaka was portrayed as petite and feminine with jet blonde straight hair — in real life she has dark curly hair with blonde streaks and is taller than Williams.

    Hmmm.

  24. struth

    Racial sensitivities are much more acute than here in oz because of slavery and Jim crow resonances

    Really?

    Try drawing a cartoon about parenting in aboriginal communities.

  25. Lady Nilk, Iron Bogan

    I can’t remember what radio station I was listening to on the way home, but the idiot show hosts decided to interview Michael Leunig for his take on the whole cartoony kerfuffle.

    I couldn’t listen to everything he said due to his inveterate waffling, but the kids questioning him did not ask him about his own contributions to peace via drawings.

    I will say this, though. Goodness Leunig can talk crap.

  26. 2dogs
    #2815185, posted on September 12, 2018 at 5:43 pm
    Neither of these two statements is true. I am still at a complete loss as to why Knight’s cartoon is considered racist.

    Struth explained this further up

    Serena was under huge pressure from left wing femarxists to beat a Christian anti gay marriage, Australian white woman’s record.
    That’s why they’ve got the shits with this.
    The umpire went against the narrative.
    That’s why they are so up in arms with it.

    Just like any other “conservative” who gets singled out and targeted relentlessly, the umpire was supposed to be singled out (note the accusations of sexism and racism almost instantly), until Mark Knight came along. Now they’ve got a new target “to teach a lesson to”.
    These people actually…really…. conspire.

    Modern day Marxists network very well, in fact better than any other group in history, thanks mainly to SocMed.
    All it takes is one tweet, or one Facebook et al post from one of them for the rest to ‘get the signal’ and go into overdrive piling on.
    If the controversy lasts long enough (usually when the victim cowers and starts to apologise and grovel) then activist orgs like Student Unions and GetUp swing into collective and coordinated action to make sure the target is done over and others like him get the chilling message.

    I hope now people understand why Donal Trump hits back and hits back so hard, even if he is in the wrong. He understands how this (Marxist) scam works. As soon as you show weakness, you’re done for and will never be a force (in whatever field you are in, academia, science, business etc).
    He probably learned from years of dealing with dirty unions, the original home of Western Marxists.

  27. I will say this, though. Goodness Leunig can talk crap.

    Leunig has to be the weirdest person in Australia and a contender for the weirdest in the world.

  28. mh

    There was always talk that Serena was Mike Tyson’s love child.

    I can’t remember any outrage over Mick Tyson caricatures.

  29. Cassie of Sydney

    “I will say this, though. Goodness Leunig can talk crap.”

    Leunig draws crap too.

  30. Cassie of Sydney

    “Baa Humbug
    #2815212, posted on September 12, 2018 at 6:09 pm
    I hope now people understand why Donal Trump hits back and hits back so hard, even if he is in the wrong.”

    This is Trump’s strength and genius. You throw the muck back with double the force and you NEVER ever apologise.

  31. Marcus

    Australia is very far from being the freest country in the world, as anyone with global life experience will quickly confirm. Even communist China is far freer in the areas that matter to most people, particularly economics and business, and there is none of the political correctness nonsense that we are forced to put up with here.

    Except for the social credit scores, the Chinese government’s insistence that you say Chinese Taipei instead of Taiwan, the banning of Falun Gong and the forced closure of churches that don’t operate with the approval of the government, there is absolutely no political correctness in China.

  32. Jannie

    It is encouraging that the editors at Sun Herald have not caved in and made the usual grovelling apology. Maybe the editors have got the point, the complainants don’t want an apology they just want to control the world.

  33. Marcus

    Serena was under huge pressure from left wing femarxists to beat a Christian anti gay marriage, Australian white woman’s record.
    That’s why they’ve got the shits with this.
    The umpire went against the narrative.
    That’s why they are so up in arms with it.

    The narrative was that Serena would make her heroic comeback from childbirth and equal and break Court’s record on behalf of mothers everywhere. It was supposed to happen in Wimbledon, but it all went wrong when Angelique Kerber demolished her in the final. Having been denied their narrative triumph once, they were not going to be denied again, and no inconvenient “rules” or “results” or “crushing defeats” were going to get in their way – hence the USTA boss’ reference to “this mama” being a “role model and respected by all.”

    I wonder what the excuse will be when she comes a cropper in the Australian Open next year?

  34. mh

    If Americans want to draw Nick Kyrgios having a hissy fit, go ahead. It’s really none of our business.

  35. JC

    Except for the social credit scores, the Chinese government’s insistence that you say Chinese Taipei instead of Taiwan, the banning of Falun Gong and the forced closure of churches that don’t operate with the approval of the government, there is absolutely no political correctness in China.

    Yep Marcus. I’ve made the observation before than in some respects China is freer than we are.

  36. None

    I congratulate The Hun on its front page but with its new comment system you can’t even call it The Hun, mention god – although allah is ok – I’ll tell anyone to sit their ass down. PC World is alive and well in the Hun’s comments section. Catallaxy remains the freeest space on the internet.

  37. Squirrel

    With any luck, the idiots who have gotten terribly worked up by this cartoon will quickly find another target for their outrage, and then move on from attacking Mark Knight and his family.

    The fact that so many people have so much time to look for things to be outraged about and then to express their righteous outrage in a very conspicuous fashion – while so many others are struggling to get by – speaks volumes about a seriously stuffed-up misallocation of resources in western countries.

  38. Squirrel:

    The fact that so many people have so much time to look for things to be outraged about and then to express their righteous outrage in a very conspicuous fashion – while so many others are struggling to get by – speaks volumes about a seriously stuffed-up misallocation of resources in western countries.

    They’ll all have better things to do with their time when we de industrialise back to sowing crops by hand, spinning our own yarn, etc.

  39. classical_hero

    None, some of those reasons are because of government regulations and not the fault of the paper. Which disproves the thread title.

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