כ״ו באדר א׳ ה׳תשע״ד (February 26, 2014)
German Cartoonist Caricatured Mark Zuckerberg As A Long-Nosed Octopus Controlling The World… And Apologizes
As a comment on Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp, German cartoonist Burkhard Mohr depicted Mark Zuckerberg, the 29-year-old Jewish entrepreneur, as an octopus grasping at computers around him. One of his tentacles holds the logo of Whatsapp.
The caption read, “’Krake Facebook’ – Facebook Octopus and Zuckerberg Octopus.”
With its exaggerated features, including a long nose and thick lips, the cartoon octopus resembles in more ways than one the cartoons published by the rabidly anti-Semitic Julius Streicher in his Nazi-era Der Stuermer magazine.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center has protested the depiction, but Mohr denied harboring any anti-Semitic sentiments. Forced to explain himself, Mohr told the Jerusalem Post the cartoon was his take on Facebook acquiring WhatsApp. The caricature, he said, wasn’t intended to be viewed as an expression of anti-Semitism or as a personal attack on Zuckerberg, adding,
I am sorry that it led to this misunderstanding and hurt the feelings of some readers.
However, Mohr has replaced the caricature of Zuckerberg’s face with a gaping maw, and the newspaper tweeted on Monday, “We apologize for the cartoon.”
Zuckerberg was raised Jewish but describes himself as an atheist.
Isn’t it time for Mark Zuckerberg to realize he should also ban the anti-Semitic and Holocaust denial hate pages gaining so many ‘likes’ on Facebook?
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