On Monday, The New Yorker cartoonist Will McPhail posted a photo of a piece he drew for the magazine to his Twitter:
— Will McPhail (@WillMcPhail) January 2, 2017
The cartoon depicts one man standing up among rows of passengers seated on a plane. The passengers are raising their arms in what appears to be a vote of some sort. The caption read:
“These smug pilots have lost touch with regular passengers like us. Who thinks I should fly the plane?”
McPhail’s cartoon analogy of the American political climate clearly pointed towards one person.
His allusion towards President-elect Donald Trump incited a variety of polarizing reactions.
Some users thought it was exceedingly accurate:
Perfectly describes 2016 logic, where expertise counts against the qualified people instead of in favour… https://t.co/VOsd7TRPwg
— Kimon Froussios (@fruce_ki) January 2, 2017
This cartoon is correct. Trump is unqualified to lead us.
— Randi Beers (@randi_beers) January 2, 2017
Others found slight nuances:
Well, except a pilot actually tangibly delivers exactly what he promised me (taking me to my destination) every single time I fly https://t.co/eBx31YqPyc
— ₿rett (@BrettCrypto) January 2, 2017
Funny thing, with automation in, *flying* the plane is no big feat actually, might even work out.
Landing it though, comes the tricky part… https://t.co/n6SocCjrnh
— ????? (@slsoftworks) January 2, 2017
Some people had suggestions for a revision:
A more accurate cartoon would be a bunch of people forced to vote between two pilots that aren't taking anyone where they want to go, where
— Nolan Void (@HitlerPuncher) January 2, 2017
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) January 3, 2017
A few users outright did not care for it:
then again politics have no fixed qualification unlike pilots. So dis satire is stupid…
— Udayan Majumdar (@yudi15) January 2, 2017
— Ban Words (@BanAllTheWords) January 2, 2017
The cartoon's point is also fascism's argument against liberal democracy.
— Leon Page (@leonjamespage) January 2, 2017
McPhail then gave his followers a teaser about another controversial cartoon that would be released next. He tweeted:
“You guys are gonna LOVE my next cartoon about rats.”
His next cartoon was published Tuesday on Twitter:
— Will McPhail (@WillMcPhail) January 3, 2017
It depicts a sea of rats carrying men and women in suits through the New York City subway. The caption reads, “due to a power loss, this train will be replaced by a wave of rats.”
Based on the response from both of the cartoons, it seems The New Yorker is kicking off 2017 with a bang.