Greek Australians Blast ‘Disgusting’ Cartoon

A cartoon published in Adelaide’s newspaper The Advertiser has angered many Greeks worldwide and forced the paper to apologize.

The cartoon by Jos Valdman, showed ancient Greek warriors putting out fires using ceramic vases with the title “Another Greek Tragedy”, referring to the fires that claimed 80+ lives last Monday, east of Athens.

Greek Orthodox Community of SA president Bill Gonis said the cartoon was “absolutely disgusting”.

He told ABC Radio Adelaide that to say the local community was “extremely upset” was putting it mildly.

“We should know better,” Mr Gonis said.

“We’ve got our own bushfire history — never mind nationally, but here in this state especially — but somehow we find the time to display Greeks behind the times in putting out a fire using water from vases.

The Advertiser “unreservedly” apologized on its Facebook and Twitter pages for publishing the cartoon.