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Watch The Feed’s Perfect Takedown Of Bill Leak’s Racist Cartoon

"I didn't laugh so hard I cried... I just went straight to the crying bit."

Yesterday The Australian published an incredibly offensive, “satirical”cartoon that depicted a drunk Aboriginal father unable to recall his son’s name. Why’d they do it? Because this is Australia and we can’t go more than a few days without another media instigated racism controversy. The cartoon was drawn by Bill Leak, a regular cartoonist at the newspaper. It was swiftly condemned, including by the Indigenous Affairs Minister, Nigel Scullion, who described it as “racist”.

Last night on SBS’ The Feed, presenters Mark Humphries and Jan Fran channelled the “Talking Pictures” segment on ABC’s Insiders to skewer Leak’s history of publishing highly inflammatory and racist cartoons. The segment, dubbed “Talking Prejudice”, analysed/took the piss out of a number of Leak’s cartoons on Indigenous Australians, Muslim Australians and the LGBTI community. You can watch the whole thing below.

Leak has published another cartoon in today’s paper, with an accompanying opinion piece, where he labels his critics “sanctimonious Tweety Birds having a tantrum”. The latest cartoon depicts Leak as the victim of an imminent lynching at the hands of a bearded Twitter user. Yeah, that’s right Bill, you’re the real victim in all this.