In a heuristic cartoon, all is not as straightforward as it seems. The cartoon entitled “Best Quotation to Win an Exclusive, Loyal Contract to Make Pig Boss’ Company Great Again” is not so much a political statement or posturing as it is a graphical and succinct way of highlighting bullying behaviours, one of which is demanding loyalty, attention and/or contribution from victims and allies alike.
Of course, there are additional layers and meanings in the cartoon, including those imparted by the mordacious use of the polysemic word “quotation”. Moreover, how viewers interpret the cartoon is also very much a good reflection or indication of their backgrounds, experiences, expectations and internal states, which certain well-designed cartoons or statements can elicit or uncover, regardless of viewers’ political persuasions or affiliations.
Anyone is welcome to decode or unpack the meanings (both connotations and denotations) encapsulated or implied by the cartoon. Please feel free to leave your thoughts or feedback in the comment section below.