Funny and Moody: The Best of Aislin's Cartoons
Who Hasn't Fantasized...?
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1997, 20th century
Felt pen and ink on paper
24 x 23.5 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , politics (general) (2228)
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"To actually suggest that someone be killed is, of course, unacceptable in any civilized society. However, satire can serve as an effective antidote to our politically correct times. This cartoon was drawn in reaction to the death of two small children in a Sea-Doo accident. Anyone who has visited a normally quiet Canadian lake is probably no fan of the irritatingly noisy machines, but this cartoon is not meant to suggest that we shoot anyone who rides one. Instead, hyperbole and exaggeration - two of satire's most powerful weapons - are used here to suggest that strong measures should be taken to prevent such tragic and unnecessary accidents from ever happening again."
Terry Mosher (alias Aislin)
In July 1997, two children drowned near Chambly when the boat in which they were sitting was hit by a personal watercraft. When the careless behaviour of an individual leaves two children dead, the public is quick to react : it wants the killer punished as an example. Here, the cartoonist suggests the public desire for justice through the metaphoric targeting of the presumed killer.
Located along the shores of the Richelieu River, the Chambly region was opened up in the 17th century with the construction of Fort Chambly. The river, with its rapids, falls, and large, quiet basin, represented both an important communication link and a protected site. Today, those features attract tourists and recreational boaters to the area.
It was in 1968 that Bombardier launched the personal watercraft - a one- or two-seat craft sold under the name Sea-doo. Their popularity grew rapidly in the 1990s, although the machines also had their share of detractors : many found them noisy and dangerous, especially to other pleasure-boaters. The accidental deaths that took place in the Chambly Basin on July 12,1997, increased the demands for stricter regulation of these watercraft.
According to the cartoonist, the typical Sea-doo driver is a reckless, somewhat arrogant young man who revels in power and speed when behind the controls of these machines.