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Bring Me My (New) Washing Machine (edição 2007)

por S. Francis (Autor)

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Título:Bring Me My (New) Washing Machine
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Bring me my [new] Washing Machine: a New Madam and Eve Collection por S. Francis

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South Africans are very fortunate: not only do we have magnificent scenery, wonderful beaches, and fairly decent wine; we also have some of the best cartoonists in the world.

As a subscriber to a political cartoon blog which features cartoons from around the globe, I have yet to come across any artists as consistently excellent as Zapiro, or the Madam and Eve team of Stephen Francis and Rico.

Their Annuals have hit the shelves in plenty of time for you to buy them and send them to friends who have emigrated: there’s not much point in buying them for fellow South Africans who will almost certainly have bought the books for themselves already.

Jacob Zuma has proved a major inspiration yet again this year, although it must be admitted that Bring me my [new] Washing Machine! lacks the punch – excuse the pun, all those who remember Esme Everard – of Zuma’s rallying cry, Bring me my Machine Gun!

But that’s the thing about Madam and Eve, isn’t it? For the most part, they are redolent of gentle, cosy domesticity, depicting issues in a personal way that is funny, clever and cogent.

Our first reaction is to smile, even laugh out loud, and only then does the deeper meaning sink in as our brain processes the message behind the humour. And make no mistake, every strip no matter how frivolous, is a serious comment on the South African situation.

The usual suspects – Madam, Eve, Edith, Thandi, the Rasta Psychiatrist, the Mielie Lady and the three guys on the back of a bakkie – are all present, and there are guest appearances by luminaries such as George Bush, Paris Hilton, Thabo Mbeki, Manto Tshabalala Msimang, Tony Yengeni, Madonna and, of course, Jacob ‘Bring me my Machine Gun’ Zuma.

As political cartoons go, Madam and Eve could be considered ‘lite’ because they are intimate and non-offensive: Francis and Rico apart their message without raising hackles and appealing to a wide audience.

Zapiro on the other hand raises as many hackles as he can: his cartoons are hugely provocative, often offensive, and always thought-provoking.

Thematically, his content is almost identical to the Madam and Eve themes, but his style and approach is very different. Both cartoonists are skillful, witty and slightly wacky, but only Zapiro is biting and bitter.

Zapiro has chosen a staggering and drunkenly befuzzled Manto for his cover, setting the tone for his blistering condemnation of South Africa’s spiritual malaise.

There is nothing gentle or friendly about these cartoons full of villains and vilification: he savages the Catholic Church, throws vitriol at Conservative Christians, is merciless toward Muslim fundamentalism, and utterly condemns Israeli foreign policy.

One can hardly expect the man who won the CNN journalist of the year in the sports category to ignore the national obsession so it comes as no surprise that the Cricket World Cup and the possibly dodgy death of Bob Woolmer are covered in full.

He saves the worst of his ire though for the corruption that has beset every level of South African society, the politicians who get away with murder, the officials who act as they please, and the bigots whose behaviour is somehow condoned, even rewarded.

Zapiro won’t be winning any plaudits from the Homecoming campaign, but for homegrown brilliance, he is unsurpassed. These two annuals are among the best of the best: Zapiro and Madam and Eve put the capitals back into the phrase Proudly South African and prove that when it comes to cartoonists with both artistic skill and political savvy, we are way, way ahead of the International field. ( )
  adpaton | May 8, 2008 |
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