A popular Australian newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, needs to be sent a message on cultural insensitivity and hypocrisy. Not only do they run a cartoon showing Lord Ganesha being bashed, these chumps ran previous reports about Ganesha disrespected in Australia before.
The cartoon deals with the repatriation of Indian Australians. Why the image of a spiritual and religious icon was shown being bopped on the head is confusing. Perhaps Australia has no features apart from Kangaroos, Koalas and Sheep that they think an animal icon is the same as the God why symbolises the removal of obstacles for actions?
The Petition at Change.org
Australia is a multi-cultural society, and no one has the right to disrespect any faith or religion. The Daily Telegraph have insulted Hindu Diety (Ganesha) which is utterly disrespectful to the faith of Hindus living in Australia and abroad. There are many ways to depict something but why insult someone’s faith?
Louise Roberts is the writer of this article (published on 4th May 2021) and we demand an apology and request media houses to educate their staff about Hindu faith to avoid such things in the future. We also request the Australian Press Council to intervene and set clear guidelines to ban the publishing of Hindu Diety imagery in the wrong way which is insulting to the Hindus around the globe.
Let’s tweet to Daily Telegraph and Louise Roberts (@dailytelegraph, @whatlouthinks and @AusPressCouncil) to let them know that it’s insensitive and unacceptable to depict any god/goddess in such derogatory manner.
Please sign this petition so this can be forwarded to the local MPs and to also APC (https://www.presscouncil.org.au/
Australia disrespects Ganesha before, and they reported it
The two articles which prove that they are aware of Hinduphobic issues, unless they don’t read their own drivel are behind a paywall here:
We’ve always thought Australia had a struggle with symbols, not having many recognisable features. A bridge, a rock, a coral reef – not really catchy, are they? Don’t get me started on the opera house – can anyone name an Australian Opera or operatic singer, composer – didn’t think so.
In an era where Pakistan is considering breaking ties with France because of the whole Charlie Hebdo cartoon and massacre, one has to wonder that this act by the Australian media to satirise cultures that are considered safe to mock is just stunning and brave.
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