Twitter Is Melting Down Over Leunig’s Incomprehensible ‘Take’ On Marriage Equality
Leunig's gone Full Leunig.
Uh-oh, Michael Leunig, Fairfax’s veteran cartoonist (beloved by many, confusing for many, many more) has gone Full Leunig on marriage equality in today’s cartoon. The cartoon features a bunch of Leunig-style men and women whose bodies are curled together to spell “YES NO NO YES”. Which means… ???
Absolutely nothing. It means literally nothing. Classic Leunig, you guys! He’s produced yet another incomprehensible cartoon that somehow manages to fail at being a) visually interesting, and b) an actual comment on anything at all. In Leunig’s defence, it didn’t help that this is how The Age chose to share the cartoon on Twitter:
Michael Leunig's take on the same-sex marriage debate. pic.twitter.com/O3wyILNL5l
— The Age (@theage) October 24, 2017
First of all, I am all about that comments-to-likes ratio — the surest sign of a bad tweet. And second, this is not, in any way, shape or form, a “take” on the same-sex marriage debate. It’s not a take on anything! It’s just the words “yes” and “no” spelled out with Leunig characters!? That is, excuse me for saying, less than nothing.
Twitter, like me right now in this article, absolutely lost it over the cartoon.
ah yes leunig's latest pic.twitter.com/yAYCEMqISj
— Naaman Zhou (@naamanzhou) October 25, 2017
If I had the time, I’d redraw this but with the people spelling out ‘LEUNIG SUCKS’. https://t.co/GR2O3Qfjr6
— Tommy Dassalo (@dassalo) October 25, 2017
once again, leunig proves himself……….a Genious pic.twitter.com/Vk7y6bCRvL
— Alex McKinnon (@mckinnon_a) October 25, 2017
what does the leunig cartoon mean
— Aus Gov Just Googled (@GovGoogles) October 25, 2017
The problem is, not only is Leunig kind of bad at doing cartoons that mean anything these days (along with being anti-vaccination), he’s also taking up a perfectly good spot as a newspaper cartoonist that could be passed on to someone who actually… y’know… does newspaper cartoons properly.
Newspaper cartoons are really a dying artform. At their best, they’re capable of producing some of the most biting political satire you can find. So keeping some old dude like Leunig on staff while the rest of Fairfax is gutted is just going to kill the artform faster.
It actually makes me angry. I could name early-mid career cartoonists to fill Leunig's spot that would be just as appealing to that audience
— "Yes" Mountain (@therevmountain) October 24, 2017
Old mate Leunig is just phoning it in these days. How many journalists have been cut to keep him on the payroll?
— Ken McAlpine (@KenMcAlpine) October 24, 2017
I know so many other illustrators and cartoonists that deserve Leunig's spot
— Here Lies A Berlage (@verbaliza) October 24, 2017
So, I guess, time to start the #ReplaceLeunig campaign. Just know that I am behind this initiative one trillion percent. Give his job to one of the many, many clever young artists who would contribute actual analytical satire to the daily news cycle thanks.