Apr 5, 2012

Careful! Larry Pickering is profoundly offensive

Retired right-wing cartoonist Larry Pickering, popular during the 1970s, has portrayed Julia Gillard as a dildo-wielding rapist in a cartoon on his website.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Retired right-wing cartoonist Larry Pickering has portrayed Julia Gillard as a dildo-wielding rapist in a cartoon on his website. The illustrator, popular during the 1970s, continues to claim to be "Australia’s most political and notorious cartoonist", although his solitary shtick appears to have been drawing public figures with genitals. Pickering has faded from view in recent years, and most recently hit the headlines courtesy of a fraud probe relating to a sports betting organisation. In two cartoons on his website, Pickering shows Gillard wearing a strap-on d-ldo. One cartoon from a week ago shows Gillard apparently trying to charm Campbell Newman, accompanied by a figure that, judging by the comments, is intended to be Bob Brown, although it’s hard to tell (it looks more like former right-wing senator and Treasury Secretary John Stone than Brown). "You're a naughty boy, Larry," says one commenter, in between misogynist abuse of Gillard. "Maybe Gillard in this caricature + Brown & the usual Union suspects with Australia on the ground in a rape scenario," another commenter urges Pickering. Pickering appears to have taken up the inspired suggestion, because this week he portrayed Gillard -- who has been on the end of a series of misogynistic abuse from anti-carbon tax protesters over the last year -- about to anally penetrate a man strapped face down to a surgical table aided by Wayne Swan and Greg Combet, with the suggestion "it will help cool the planet". Gillard is called a "c-nt" in the comments below the cartoon. Pickering has fans at right-wing website Menzies House, which ran one of his cartoons this week but who appear to have found portraying the PM as a r-pist too much, sticking with the more pedestrian "flogging a dead horse" theme

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13 thoughts on “Careful! Larry Pickering is profoundly offensive

  1. Peter Ormonde

    Ah yes the wit… the cleverness of it all. There are some deeply ugly people out there.

  2. Mike Flanagan

    Welcome back Bernard. I would venture to suggest, in jest, that some of us have missed our ‘whipping bouy’.
    I think the above should be listed under”the need to know” category.

  3. Mike Flanagan

    and listed under the government “D” Notices

  4. Andrew McIntosh

    “Freedom of speech if you don’t like it don’t look typical nanny state pc leftie wingers blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah….” – I think that covers everything but feel free to fill in what I’ve missed.

  5. lilac

    They allowed him out on day release unbeknownst to senior staff. The vile and subversive material produced will ensure Mr Pickering is firmly strapped back into the jacket and left to live out his remaining days with the occasional scotch finger and cuppa on the terrace.

  6. shepherdmarilyn

    That’s pretty gross.

  7. floorer

    Times sure have changed. My Mother the mostly Labor voter used to buy me Pickering calenders for Xmas back when.We all thought he was a riot. As a supposed right winger he didn’t do Howard any favours in the p*nis department.

  8. solsmaster

    It could have been worse. He could have portrayrd the PM in one of those jackets …

  9. Barbara Boyle

    “Retired(and hating it,missing being the centre of attention?) Right wing cartoonist”
    Wasn’t he the one who would sign his efforts with his name in full in large clear writng?

    It figures.

    What a sad, desperate little fella.

    Give me First Doig any day.

  10. Barbara Boyle

    erm, make that First Dog,

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