Election day has finally arrived, but instead of talking about who will win the mayoral race, Twitter is buzzing over a Toronto Sun editorial cartoon of Olivia Chow, which many are calling “racist” and “sexist.”
The cartoon published in Sunday’s Toronto Sun shows Chow dressed in what seems to be a Chairman Mao outfit, literally riding on the coattails of her late husband, Jack Layton’s jacket.
Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star posted the cartoon wit the caption: “OK, it’s legit – the Sun did run a cartoon of Olivia Chow in a Mao suit literally riding Jack Layton’s coattails.”
Chow said the cartoon is “disgusting” in an interview with CP24.
“Because I am Chinese-Canadian, I must be a communist and have slanted eyes and glasses … and since I am a woman, I must be inferior and therefore not good enough for the job of the mayor so I must rely on my deceased husband so it both racist and sexist,” she said.
“I thought those kind of racial stereotypes were long past us and then to bring up my deceased husband and to drag him in… it is just quite outrageous.”
“It is up to them to decide what to do. I think the good people of this city, a lot of them are immigrants, I hope that they feel that they are insulted too,” said Chow.
“It goes to prove that we need to stand firm against racism because it still exists.”
Toronto Sun publisher Mike Power has declined to comment on the cartoon.
Some Twitter reaction to the cartoon:
Do you think this cartoon is indeed racist / sexist or just one person’s opinion / commentary on Olivia Chow?