[Note: Editorial page editor Scott Gillespie’s comments added below.]
Trust me, I had this little item on my list before Mike Bonafield’s Katherine Kersten interview today … though it somewhat informs that.
As it turns out, an even better example came out a few days later, in very same Strib op-ed section. L.K. Hanson’s “You Don’t Say” cartoon, featured above, sports a caricature that looks more than a little like Kersten.
The big-mouthed figure utters phrases like “Feminists have ruined things for ladies like me” while sitting under an Oscar Wilde quote that reads, “I have never come across anyone in whom the moral sense was dominant who was not heartless, cruel, vindictive, log-stupid and entirely lacking in the smallest sense of humanity.”
Though no names are mentioned, Hanson — a retired Strib graphic artist — says, “As far as I’m concerned, let’s just say you’re not the first person to notice” the resemblance. It’s not the first time Hanson has been accused of taking shots at Kersten in the Strib’s pages.
By the way, Hanson, like Wilde, is openly gay. The opposition to Kersten might, as Bonafield indicates, be “liberal rage” or Strib groupthink, but sometimes, it’s just that she’s messing with people’s lives.
Update: Fair is fair; I had my cheeky little headline, but editorial page editor Scott Gillespie wanted to make sure there’s no doubt about his position on Kersten:
We’re definitely not conducting a “war on Kersten,’’ as your headline states. Katherine provides a perspective that adds to the diversity of opinion on our pages, whether the Editorial Board agrees with her positions or not. She consistently serves up strong, often controversial columns, and we value her contributions.
As for counterpoints: We’ve always felt that our central role is to host the debate, which means giving space to those who disagree with our views or those of our regular contributors. Katherine wrote an especially provocative column. We felt the parody was a creative and equally provocative response. L.K.’s pointed cartoon, as always, represents his own opinions.