‘Dope and dreads’ jokes on coalition
A GERMAN weekly illustrated the outcome of September’s election with a picture of Chancellor Angela Merkel wearing a Rastafarian hat and passing a joint to stoned fellow leaders with dreadlocks.
The drawing on the cover of Frankfurter Allgemeine Woche was one of the least subtle comic sallies in a post-election period fixated on “Jamaica” – as politics and media have dubbed a prospective coalition between Merkel’s conservatives, the liberal Free Democrats and the ecologist Greens.
The fact that the three parties’ colours of black, yellow and green match the Caribbean nation’s flag has proven irresistible for politicians and journalists.
Many jokes have been harmless, like leaders noting the roughly 8 500km that separate Berlin from Kingston as a metaphor for the distance all sides must go in the arduous negotiations.
But critics say there is an underlying current that relies on stereotypes.
COMIC COVER: Angela Merkel