Being subject to public scrutiny and ridicule comes with the job of holding public office.
But in Slovakia, some public officials are going to be exposed to the type public ridicule only an editorial cartoon can offer… super-sized.
Martin “Shooty” Sutoveck, the fearless cartoonist being sued by Prime Minister Robert Fico for depicting the leader as spineless, has decided to take an unusual approach in protesting.
Less than two weeks before Slovaks head to the polls in the country’s parliamentary elections, Shooty has created cartoons that will be displayed on about 200 billboards and eight “bigboards” throughout Slovakia.
One cartoon features a caricature of his favorite target, PM Robert Fico, next to the text, “I’ve had enough. Have you?” In the bottom right-hand corner, smoke lines rise from an abstract pile of poop.
Another features current governing coalition party members Fico, Valdimir Meciar and Jan Slota depicted as bandits lugging away treasure under the slogan, “What is yours is ours; what is ours is none of your business.”
Initially setting his sights on renting a few billboards, Shooty’s campaign has become a rallying cry in the small European Union nation, receiving donations from more than 2,000 people totaling 60,000 euros towards purchasing the billboards.
Shooty is also planning to print up 200,000 stickers and 100,000 postcards poking fun at the country’s leaders.
“I had not expected it; the reactions of people have surprised me,” Shooty told daily paper SME.