In today's cartoon from The Times, Peter Brookes depicts the Republican presidential nomination candidate Donald Trump as an Oscar statuette saying, "I'm gold-plated, racist, and tacky ... so nominate me!"
To understand the cartoon, you have to be aware of the controversy surrounding the list of nominees for the 2016 Oscars, which was announced last week. For the second year in a row, no non-White actors have been nominated, which has led to protests about lack of diversity and calls for a boycott of this year's Academy Awards. So the cartoon draws parallels between Donald Trump and the Oscars. Both are gold-plated (the statuette literally, and Trump, who's a billionaire, metaphorically). Both are racist (if Hillary Clinton says so ...). And both are tacky. Tacky means 'ostentatious and vulgar'. And, of course, Trump wants to be nominated as the Republican candidate for this year's presidential election. And he's just been endorsed by Sarah Palin.
Gold-plated means covered with a thin layer of gold. Other metals can be substituted for 'gold': silver-plated, copper-plated, nickel-plated, tin-plated.
Currently, the Academy Award statuettes are made of gold-plated britannium, an alloy that's mostly made of tin. The very first Oscar statuettes were made of gold-plated solid bronze.
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