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Extra, Extra: Unfunny Cartoons, Deputy Mayoral Endorsements, and Buffy the Street-Sign Slayer

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.

Photo from Kathleen Wynne’s Twitter account.

  • We tend to be in favour of satire, and biting wit, and sarcasm, and also facetiousness. We feel we can often not only take, but also really enjoy, a joke. But this Sun cartoon about Kathleen Wynne is one we find it difficult to see the humour in.
  • Last week, Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly explained that he would not be officially endorsing a candidate in the provincial election. Today, at a luncheon speech delivered by Kathleen Wynne, Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly explained why he’d decided to endorse a candidate after all: “The city needs a city-friendly leader, and this province needs a city-friendly premier … Kathleen, that leader and that premier is you.”
  • “What I’m doing is technically illegal, but I don’t feel it’s ethically or morally wrong.” So says the individual responsible for “hacking” neighbourhood watch signs across the city. (We are beginning to suspect that we either (a) do not know what “hacking” means, or (b) once knew what “hacking” meant, but have now been outpaced by progress.) Perhaps there is something ethically or morally wrong about sticking images of “superheroes, 1980s action stars and miscellaneous characters such as Bill Cosby’s Cliff Huxtable” to street signs—the only thing we know for sure is that going with the Swanson Buffy rather than the Gellar Buffy was a questionable call.

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  • Notcleverguy

    Yeah, I’m for biting satire myself, but a cartoon that insinuated physical violence is in pretty bad taste. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that a Con rag like the Sun would find violence against a woman funny.

    • dsmithhfx

      I’m thinking Hudak paid for it, like the faux 24 cover.

    • Mr. Knowitall

      They loved & endorsed Blob Frod, who’d already had a history of domestic calls to his house before the mayoral election and then racked up a few more (that we know of) after that.

  • OpportKnocks

    As has-been couples go they make a nice pair. I look forward to hearing more of their “retired elder statesman” opinions in the future. Sort of like Bob Rae or Preston Manning.

  • OgtheDim

    I usually get a few thousand thumbs down for this, but I always found the TV Buffy full of itself. But then I’m not into endless angst.

    The movie was summer fluff.

    • Notcleverguy

      I like Joss Whedon’s work a lot, but I too was never a Buffy fan.

  • OgtheDim

    The Sun is really really pushing the idea that Hudak wiped the floor at the debate.

    Desperate times I suppose….

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    Violence against women and gay-bashing. A real one-two punch (sorry) for the Sun.

  • torontothegreat

    Hacking is simply changing something from it’s original format to serve another purpose. If the @TorontoistEditors:disqus thought it had to do with technology somehow, then yes you were wrong. In fact, an argument could easily be made that blogs and sites like Torontoist are “news” hackers.

    • Paul Kishimoto

      “Hacking” is simply a word with numerous definitions. — «The word hack at MIT usually refers to a clever, benign, and “ethical” prank or practical joke, which is both challenging for the perpetrators and amusing to the MIT community (and sometimes even the rest of the world!). Note that this has nothing to do with computer (or phone) hacking (which we call “cracking”).»

      In the MIT context, the ‘perpetrators’ are technically capable people, so a challenging prank invariably has a technical or skilled, if not technological, aspect.

      Is printing stickers and putting them on street signs challenging for this perpetrator?

      Is screwing a new Coca Cola product onto an older Coca Cola product ( ) challenging?

      Maybe. But people seem eager lately to apply the word in new contexts. “Art” would suffice here.

      • torontothegreat

        Actually phone hacking is referred to as “phreaking”

        “Cracking” is a security hack that (usually) involves cryptography.

        While I appreciate MITs definition (which I didn’t know until now – thanks for sharing), I don’t think that’s a general knowledge definition by the rest of the world. The context of MITs definition, would undoubtably be technical.

        Is printing stickers and putting them on street signs challenging for the perpetrator?

        Not really. It’s challenging for the audience. I guess in some sense it’s challenging for the perpetrator who is presumably trying to not get caught and arrested/ticketed.

        Maybe. But people seem eager lately to apply the word in new contexts. “Art” would suffice here.

        Prior to 1980 a lot of old people probably said something similar about the “youngins” using the word “hack” to describe something they weren’t familiar with, a word commonly used to mean something else to them. Being puritanical about it’s usage sort of makes you that old man (with all due respect).

        If you called this “art”, people would shit their bricks lamenting that it is not – it’s vandalism, others would argue it’s something else and that conversation could probably go on forever.

        Calling things “hacks” (lifehacks, phonehacks, wysiwyghacks, arthacks) is just a way to neatly define something without the need to be long-winded (things you do in life that make your life easier, ways to do things with your iPhone that aren’t possible from the factory, etc, etc).

        Let’s just be grateful the word hasn’t evolved into a vowel-less word or an acronym.

  • VictorianShuter

    Would a ‘McGruff the Crime Dog’ sign be too obvious?

  • istoronto

    I wonder if Norm has final figured out that all his conservative buddies are a bunch of lying thugs?

  • em_robin

    The cartoon in question has been moved here:

    • TorontoistEditors

      Many thanks! We’ve updated the link.

  • Mr. Knowitall

    Donato’s a hack and always has been. When the Stun was launched they needed to fill that blank square on the editorial page every day so – with neither any formal art training nor an imagination – he got the call merely as an ex-Toronto Telegram staff member.

    Don’t forget that he invoked Godwin’s Law over something as simple as David Miller’s correctly refusing to renew Fantino’s contract as overlord of the TPS, comparing and caricaturing the former to/as Hitler, yet still remained with the paper … while Paul Godfrey was CEO (!). Let’s not even get into the questionable “charitable donations” of some of his supposed artwork that was investigated and then charges laid by RevCan – who won – appealed by “our Andy”, who then lost on an appeal of that decision.

    Sensitivity? The #1 attributable quotation from the same guy: “A cartoonist is a like a blind javelin thrower at the Olympics. He’s not too accurate, but he sure gets the attention of the spectators.”