He has been criticized for taking Great Britain from boom to bust and mocked for backing-off from an early general election, but what really gets under British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s skin is being portrayed by cartoonists as fat.
“I met Brown briefly once, and he said: ”You draw me far too fat. I”m not that fat,” British cartoonist Dave Brown of The Independent said.
“But then I heard exactly the same story from Martin Rawson [cartoonist for The Guardian], so it’s obviously his stock line of conversation with cartoonists.”
He is the highlight of a new cartoon exhibition called ‘Browned OFF!’ which features the first 18 months of Brown’s tenure as Prime Minister, who assumed office in June 2007 after the resignation of Tony Blair.
Telegraph cartoonist Nick Garland said the Prime Minister shouldn’t take offense to the way he is portrayed. Nearly every British cartoonist draws Brown hulking and big, and according to Garland, it’s a commentary on his status as a heavyweight figure with a strong presence.
“That’s preferable to the way someone like William Hague was constantly portrayed – as an ever shrinking gnome,” Garland said.