A Portland cartoonist in brief saw his art disappear from Instagram for “promoting violence and dangerous organizations” after right-wing trolls reported a political cartoon that juxtaposed a mass shooter motivated by white supremacy with a disguised antifascist throwing a milkshake.
After Rolling Stone 1st rumored on the apparent censorship, Instagram restored the post, saying it had been taken down in error.
Cartoonist Matt Bors, who edits a magazine for political cartoons known as The Nib, told Rolling Stone he was frustrated with the how media organizations cover white nationalist and white supremacist violence, and the way they cover relatively small actions by antifascists, or antifa.
“Antifa dumps a milkshake on some incel chud and we hear concerning how fascism is taking over the country from the left,” he said, “while multiple terrorist attacks and pogroms impressed by the president go mostly unperceived upon by major media outlets.”
When are we going to begin calling these attacks* what they are?
The post came following weeks of calls to designate antifa as a domestic terrorist organization after some disguised protesters threw milkshakes and punches at a June 29 rally in Portland. (Right-wing anger over the June 29 assault of a conservative videographer has led to an imminent confrontation on the Portland waterfront August. 17, as far-right groups demand the criminalization of antifa.)
“Regardless of what you think of anti-fascist protesters’ politics of confrontation, I feel it’s straightforward to see how this can be a terrible overreach that will outline broad swaths of left-wing resistors as criminal terrorists,” said Bors.