Sunday, February 03, 2013
SOME PEOPLE JUST CANNAE TAKE A JOKE. SCOTS?
I remember reading in an art history book that cartoons and graffiti are as old as paintings, drawings, Books etc. I found an example where Michael Angelo had painted 'The Last Judgement' and he painted the faces of his enemies among the church hierarchy, the cardinals, bishops etc. the damned who were shown descending to hell after being judged, he was also a brave man. He was also a great painter 'the Sistine Chapel? 2 coats in 1 afternoon" what a guy.
Fast forward many many years to the roaring fun loving years of Nazi Germany and we find that certain cartoons or jokes or famously books were very dangerous things indeed. A fine example of this was a luminous avante garde left wing cartoonist and painter called George Grosze. He specialized in lampooning the Nazis and upper classes in bohemian Berlin. He rightly decided at one point though that it would be prudent to head for America while he was still alive. I digress but his son Marty Grosze became a celebrated jazz guitarist and band leader a brilliant and hilarious entertainer, he might still be alive you can catch him on U Tube.
So what is this all about I hear you ask? Well; in the past couple of days we have been forced to reflect on the fact that there are still people who think like the ancient cardinals who had it in for Michael Angelo and the censorious protectors of German decency who wanted to jail George Grosze, and they are right here among us. I refer to the 'stushies' surrounding the two great current cartoonists and satirists Gerald Scarfe of The Sunday Times and Steve Bell of The Guardian. Scarfe did a cartoon of Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu building part of the famous apartheid wall where the cement between the bricks was seen to be Palestinian blood. This brought an all too familiar orchestrated cry of Anti Semitism against Scarfe by Zionist liars who trot this scurrilous charge out against anyone who says anything bad about Israel, I have been subjected to this myself despite never having made an anti Jewish statement in my life and it can be very nasty, they are nothing if not powerful and organised.
This brings me to the side-splitting Steve Bell of the Guardian who chose to produce a cartoon of Alex Salmond which was very funny and a bit monstrous at the same time. these words were written behind his huge plump head and his face which had a big blue saltire painted on it "Scotland should go and **** itself" the top of Salmond's head obscured the blank space. Well!!! I kid you not dear readers, the snp/separatist/cybernats have gone 'doo lally' they want Steve Bell's head on a pike, he has traduced our noble country, he has insulted our glorious dead , he has peed all over oor grannie's hielan hame, stolen oor wullie's bucket, this insult must be avenged. Guardian readers will be aware that there is no such thing as an off limits target to Steve Bell; above all among those who like Salmond can strut while seated. Salmond has sensibly chosen to fume in silence but his gullible troops are chewing the carpet. This is yet another example of the state of mind of the nationalists. Just about every significant public figure from Prime Ministers to Popes to US Presidents to the Queen and Phil. to the rest of the royal oafs; to pop stars and you name it have all had their arrogance pricked by Steve Bell's unerring eye for the absurd but, Salmond and Scotland? Oh no Mr Bell you have gone too far. Well Scots. are you on the side of the cardinals, the Nazis and the snp or, do you prefer freedom of expression? It's a difficult one isn't it?
As the late Scottish folk singer Hamish Imlach used to sing
"to whistle or be merry or travel on a ferry.
Would get ye hung on Scotland's Sabbath day"
This is a vision of an independent snp Scotland, be warned.