A German government cartoon which inexplicably depicted Greece as a young girl holding the hand of her mother, representing the nation of Turkey, has been withdrawn after a furious social media backlash by Greeks residing in Germany.
The cartoon appeared online over the weekend as part of a public information campaign on how to battle the Coronavirus, through the medium of sixteen different languages.
But the sight of the young Greek girl under the protection of “Mother Turkey” angered a great many social media users. It was viewed as if Turkey was portrayed as being more successful than Greece in dealing with the pandemic, which — according to official data — is absolutely not true.
The inexplicable gaffe prompted a flurry of comments on social media, with many attributing it to a lack of sensitivity in Germany — and a minority of users even suggesting that the juxtaposition might have been intentional.
Hell is where the chefs are English, the engineers are Italian, the lovers are Swiss and the diplomats are German. pic.twitter.com/BW078XuOCf
— ₯ Σόιμπλε 🇪🇺 🇮🇱 (@VTourkoglou) April 27, 2020