This cartoon by Chappatte from Le Temps, Geneva combines two news stories: the referendum on self-rule for eastern Ukraine and the triumph of bearded drag artiste Conchita Wurst in the Eurovision Song Contest.
A group of Ukrainian separatists are shown in their kitchen. There's a poster of their hero Vladimir Putin on the wall. The Eurovision Song Contest in on the TV. One of the men, who has a blunderbuss, is holding a placard saying "Free Donetsk" (Donetsk is one of the regions that wants to join Russia). The other, who is carrying a machine gun, says, "We are the last line of defense against bearded drag queens".
In military parlance the last line of defence are the soldiers (or civilians) who are left to defend a city or country after the rest of the army has been defeated. The term is also used metaphorically. In football, for example, the goalkeeper is the last line of defence. The joke is that the threat is not a military one but a 'bearded drag queen'. In fact, Wurst's victory prompted an outpouring of anti-gay anger from Russian politicians and stars on Sunday. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin wrote on Twitter that the Eurovision result "showed supporters of European integration their European future: a bearded girl." And nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky told Rossiya-1 state television, "There's no limit to our outrage. It's the end of Europe. It has turned wild. They don't have men and women any more. They have 'it' " Read more >>