Venezuelan Political Cartoonist Rayma Faces Pro-Chavez Media Attack
This past week Venezuelan political cartoonist Rayma Suprani became the target of criticism and threats from state-run media and pro-Chávez supporters for a cartoon published on March 14, in which she highlights Venezuela’s poverty crisis.
The cartoon, which depicts a man inside a dog house with an empty dish in front of him and a caption reading, “Housing plan?” was a critique of what Suprani believes is a failed government initiative. Pro-Chávez political pundit Mario Silva, discussed the cartoon on his TV show La Hojilla, describing it as a mocking insult to Venezuelans from a “racist and classist cartoonist.” Silva’s comments triggered a response from enraged Chávez supporters who took to social media, using the hashtag #RaymaApatrida (“unpatriotic Rayma”) on Twitter to post threats and insults.
On March 20 Rayma made a formal complaint before the district attorney’s office against La Hojilla. The following is a collection of responses from media outlets and social media users, some attacking her, some showing support, and her reaction to the accusations.