German cartoonist apologizes for Zuckerberg cartoon

German cartoonist Burkhard Mohr has apologized for drawing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as a hooked-nose octopus in a cartoon related to the recent Facebook acquisition of Whatsapp. The cartoon generated controversy because it was viewed as a anti-Semitic and bore a close likeness to 1930 Nazi anti-Jew propaganda.

According to Silicon Republic, the apology said, “Anti-Semitism and racism are ideologies which are totally foreign to me. It is the last thing I would do, to defame people because of their nationality, religious view or origin.”

For a historical perspective on the use of the octopus to denote reaching or controlling by an group or individual, The Daily Mail has posted a gallery of cartoons including one from the 1930’s when the Nazi’s used it in their anti-Jewish propaganda.

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