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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 25. 3rd October 1973

A Mild Case of Hypocrisy

A Mild Case of Hypocrisy


I write with reference to the letter written by Roger Steele published in the Dom (27/9/73) under the caption "Cross with Cartoons", (in which he claimed that the Dominion cartoonist Heath unfairly depicted prisoners as all being bald, hooknosed, surly men in striped suits and wearing the ball and chain].

By replacing "Heath" and "Dom" by "Steele" and "Salient" respectively, I suggest that we have a pertinent criticism of Mr Steele and Salient.

Every caricature of the screws that I have seen in Salient has promoted a "negative stereotype" in the eyes of the reader. Not that I object in this instance. However, I do feel that this is a relevant example of Salient, of which (I presume you know) you are a co-editor, doing exactly that which you complained about in the Dom.

I feel that this is a mild case of hypocrisy on the part of Mr Steele, and venture to suggest he clean up his own back yard.


J.A. Harrison