Why OO will not remove The Spear
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1 June 2012
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The fbp thinks children under the age of 16 will be irrevocably harmed by the cartoon image of Jacob’s penis on this page.
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Oudtshoorn. 30 May 2012. 00h01. The decision by the City Press chiefs to remove The Spear from their archives is a dastardly act of treason.
The decision touches the pith of the hard-fought South African democracy.
The decision subverts the very people it seeks to appease.
The decision may go down as a turning point in our land’s history.
Every so often I dust off one of two well thumbed volumes – a crumbling paperback copy of Ben Maclennan’s risible collection of anecdotes, Apartheid The Lighter Side; and the much more sturdy hard cover tome by Harvey Tyson, Editors under fire.
I browse these books for the odd rib tickler, and to reminisce an inglorious past, where everything journalists did were infringing some regulation and reports were referred to lawyers not to determine culpability, but to assess risk.
The ANC delivered us from both the inconvenient humour and the editorial prestidigitation.
That was then. In an era past, when the green and yellow and black flag was anchored firmly in the solid clay of the moral high ground which the ANC held virtually alone.
That the ANC of 2012 now demands respect in the face of abject contempt of the very principles that once rendered it untouchable, is itself an act of consumate revilement.
The Spear would not have been created if Jacob kept his pants zipped – sexually and politically.
It is Jacob’s cathected concupiscence that is insulting to his wives; his children; his colleagues; his constituents; his supporters – not the limning of the prurience.
It is Jacob’s failure as Head of State that should be insulting to us all – not the limp acrylic member.
This much is clarion clear to all electing not to succumb to the soi-disant horrification of the masses of cookie cutter uniformity spoofed into righteous choler by professionals deft in the art of manipulation.
Jacob deserves no respect. Ask the homeless. Ask the jobless. Ask the infirm in the Eastern Cape. Ask the hungry children of our land conned that 30% is a passing grade. Jacob’s failure is the failure of all the greats, from Mandela to Biko to Hani… of all the greats. And therefore the City Press cop-out is an insult also to the fathers of our democracy.
My local government of Oudtshoorn is in tatters by Jacob’s lethargy and the thieving of ineffectual functionaries claiming office in the name of Jacob’s failing ANC.
In deference to Carol Shields on “sincerity” in her novel Unless, respect is over. Respect has lost whatever edge it had. I will never again be pointlessly, endlessly respectful…
Respect is earned. Every day. Over and over and over yet again. It is a commodity of deminishing value; it has to be perpetually recreated.
The City Press removal is an insult to the freedom so dearly won for us all by the ANC who pressured the editor’s masters into submission. The removal was a mammoth mistake. It is a poltroon cop-out. It is a sui generis act of sabotage.
If journalism is not activism it is mere typewriting.
A Zapiro and a Fred Mouton hit home with one sketch as a thousand words fail.
Brett Murray’s The Spear exposes Jacob and his failing government in a few brush strokes as a column even from meastri such as David Bullard and Eusebius McKaiser and Peter Bruce can’t.
The Spear says that the Emperor is naked. That Jacob is a philanderer and a womaniser and one with no respect, exactly as Jacob claims the painting depicts him.
A depiction can never be as insulting as the deeds depicted. Jacob’s dallying, a matter of no particular moment to me but that a man who cheats on his wives may probably not be trusted generally, would not have been depicted if Jacob did not sleep around and did not harm the country. Point.
It is not the limp resin cartoon penis that insults. It is the betrayal; it’s the perfidy; it’s the treachery that insult. It is the limp performance that disses.
One of the original Naspers guru’s, Piet Cillié, famously said: “In die lewe bestaan ‘n noue verwantskap tussen die gehalte van die pêrels wat jy aanbied, en die kaliber van die ontvangers daarvan. Hoe valser die pêrels, des te erger die swyne. Daarom het ek in my beroep die reël probeer volg om nie maar net aan die publiek te probeer gee wat hulle wil hê nie, maar ook ‘n goeie dosis van wat hulle behóórt te wil hê.”
Another of City Press editor Ferial Haffajee’s editorial ancestors, and the father of a very dear friend, Hubert Coetzee, once, as Managing Director of Nasionale Pers, berated the great Schalk Pienaar when the then Prime Minister, John Vorster, complained about columns by Denis Worrall and André P. Brink: “Wie de donner is redakteur van Die Beeld – jy of John Vorster?”
Ferial Haffajee failed her great journalistic elders. Ferial Haffajee has failed her readers and no greater sin can befall an editor. Ferial Haffajee must resign.
How could you, Ms Haffajee? How could you?
And what has Koos Bekker to say for himself?
Has Bekker bought the future of his satelite broadcasting and cellular empires with the very freedom that first afforded him the opportunity to expand beyond his wildest Apartheid era dreams?
Shame on Media24.
Shame on City Press.
The Spear is an exact depiction of who and what Jacob Zuma and his government is: Contemptuous.
The Spear stays on OO.
Oudtshoorn. 22 Mei 2012. 09h30. ‘n Prentjie, so sê “hulle”, is sowat ‘n 1,000 woorde werd…