Spanking in political satire and propaganda

George W. Bush spanked by the Statue of Liberty.
Trump meets the strop. Artwork by Marilla Thackery (2017).

The subject of spanking has often been used methaphorically in political cartoons (such as those printed in newspapers) and other media. Such political cartoons are a special case of spanking cartoons. The spanker and the spankee characters are often caricatures of politicians, but can also stand for abstract concepts such as a nation or the press. The spanking implement symbolize e.g. military action, or a new law passed.

During World War II there were a number of cartoons and illustrations that mocked Hitler by showing him being punished by the Allies. For example, the published sheet music for "Adolf", a satirical song, bears an illustration of Hitler being spanked by a soldier (see image). A political cartoon about Germany's 1943 defeat at Stalingrad depicts Stalin spanking Hitler over his knee while a school headmaster (representing the Allied Forces), birch rod in hand, approaches.

Other examples of spanking in political satire include politicians as statues, such as U.S president George W. Bush spanked by the Statue of Liberty.

In a humorous promo video for the 2012 Texas All-State Spanking Party held annually in Dallas, spanking actor Sarah Gregory plays former political candidate Sarah Palin (spanked by Dana Specht). See the video at Spanking Tube.


Germany 1914 galleryEdit

The following gallery shows German propaganda postcards from the early phase of World War I (1914). So called "Dreschparolen" (thrashing paroles) were at that time very popular. Later, these cards were banned.

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