Mocking taken with a laugh

OLD FOES: The Dutch Media promotional cartoon shows a version of Sophie Mirabella giving Indi MP Cathy McGowan a “push” to start the Wodonga Gold Cup.
Nanjing Night Net

The team at Wodonga Race Club might be lucky most of thetargets in a satire cartoonhave a good senseof humour.

A videopromoting the Wodonga Gold Cup, created by Dutch Media and cartoonistAndrewFyfe, tackled thecontroversial topics.

One of the most sensitive was what appeared to be a reference to assault allegations, which weredenied, during the Indi election campaign.

“Cathy McGowan has missed the start, but herecomes Sophie Mirabella to give her a little push,” the commentator says in the clip.

Mrs Mirabella told The Border Mail she was too busy to comment.

Ms McGowan said only the artist could comment on hisintent, but saw her Liberal opponentmore as a strong competitor in the race.

The clip became more favourablefor Ms McGowan, shown being carried towards the finish line by her orange army.

She said she loved the cartoon, especially because her mother had a long history of racing at Wodonga.

“The thought of me on one of those horses as a jockey, they really got me,” she said.

Incumbent Wodonga mayor Anna Speedie was another to be depicted negatively, sitting on the fence from start to finish in the race.

“I see Anna as an outstanding advocate for Wodonga, so that actually missed the mark,” Ms McGowan said.

Ms Speediedid not return messages fromThe Border Mailon Tuesday.

ALL IN GOOD FUN: Matt Seiter, who knows the team who created his cartoon likeness, has taken the joke with a laugh.

TheWodonga ruckman, referred to as“big Matty Seiter the heavy medalist”, was able to laugh at teasing he had received from friends.

“I reckon it was hilarious,”Seiter said.“The horse could have been a bit bigger, but that’s OK.”

Benambra MLABill Tilley was mocked for his proposal to allow a130km/h speed limit on what the clip called the “Hoon Highway”.

He was happyto share the promo onFacebook, but as a Ford man, jokedtheHolden Torana depicted was“asecond class ride”.

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