Editorial cartoonist Bill Leak has drawn yet another controversial cartoon today, published in The Australian.
The cartoon depicts a group of men, dressed in rainbow attire, marching like an army with violent batons in tow.
The Gay Agenda(™) has become Stasi-esque, supported by jackbooted thugs pic.twitter.com/ZhFOjfsBLN
— Bill Leak explained (@BLeakEksplayned) September 20, 2016
The image has created a stir on Twitter, where it was shared by the account Bill Leak explained, alongside the caption: ‘The Gay Agenda has become Stasi-esque.’
People are understandably outraged, with the term ‘Bill Leak’ trending on Twitter, and tweets criticising the cartoonist and the image continuing to grow.
— Samuel (@Sp00kD) September 21, 2016
I know Bill Leak is a hate-spewing right wing extremist, but to be honest, I mostly despise him because he’s such an incompetent cartoonist.
— Just Plain James (@jamesjdominguez) September 21, 2016
The Australian: it beggars belief that these activists think this country not capable of a respectful debate.
Also The Australian: pic.twitter.com/v0mDLRewvG
— Ben Jenkins (@bencjenkins) September 21, 2016
In 20 years, high school students will be asked to analyse how bloody awful all of Bill Leak’s cartoons are https://t.co/6McikRq9r0
— Kevin Chiat (@kevinchiat) September 21, 2016
BILL LEAK thinks long and hard
“hmm.. they’re asking to marry…
like .. like the nazis did?
will that do?
i’m going to draw that.”
— Colley (@JamColley) September 21, 2016
Well done @australian for once again sinking into the toilet via Bill Leak. You are simply pathetic.
— Stephanie McCarthy (@tallpunksteph) September 21, 2016
While we’re yet to hear whether there is some as-yet unacknowledged context for his cartoon, it’s not the first time Lean has taken aim at same-sex marriage advocates in his work.
Leak also found himself the centre of criticism recently with a cartoon perceived as an "attack" on Indigenous Australians was published. It showed one Indigenous man saying to another, "You'll have to sit down and talk to your son about personal responsibility," while the other said, "Yeah righto what's his name then?"
The cartoonist nonetheless defended his work, describing those who criticised him as "sanctimonious Tweety Birds having a tantrum".