Nikki Haley

July 18, 2010 | Filed Under Editorial Cartoons 

Nikki Haley

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45 Responses to “Nikki Haley”

  1. Kevin on July 19th, 2010 9:16 am

    The only one I liked in the primary less than her was Bauer. Just another Republican primary I’ve walked away from wondering if I’ll vote for the Democrat or just toss my vote to an independent that has no hope of winning.

    In before the inevitable “She’s not a Muslim” comment.

  2. Kelly on July 19th, 2010 10:57 am

    Too True! Excellent job Robert!

  3. Independent Bob on July 19th, 2010 12:06 pm

    Robert - I’d be careful if I were you… You might be accused of having an inappropriate relationship with Haley regarding the transparency piece of this cartoon. It doesn’t take much to make [up] an accusation nowadays. LOL.

    Love your stuff, keep it up.

  4. bifozz on July 19th, 2010 12:35 pm

    more indicative of the present regime…..

  5. WorkingTommyC on July 19th, 2010 1:19 pm

    My, my! What a clever fellow you are!

    Why don’t you just come right out and call her a “rag head” like Jake Knotts did?

  6. Robert Ariail on July 19th, 2010 2:29 pm

    TommyC, this cartoon is about transparency(or lack of it) not ethnicity or religion. I chose the burqa as the metaphor for the least transparent clothing - not as a slur against Haley. Besides, the burqa is worn by Muslims, not Sikhs( which was her religion before becoming a Christian.)

  7. Mab on July 19th, 2010 4:28 pm

    A very apt portrayal, Mr. Arial — nice work!

  8. Florida Watching on July 19th, 2010 4:29 pm

    BTW - Some jackasses like Snapper, Gary and James are gonna be on here shortly to rant about nothing.


  9. Mab on July 19th, 2010 4:30 pm

    Oops, Ariail. Wait a minute — are you a foreigner, too?

  10. Florida Watching on July 19th, 2010 4:30 pm

    Also, get with Sic Willie……..this could get good.

  11. O'Neal Compton on July 19th, 2010 7:37 pm

    Fantastic. You have made the top of the Hog Blog (again.) Have a look. I sure miss you in The State. Be well, my friend.

  12. Concerned American on July 19th, 2010 8:10 pm

    I am a fan of Robert Ariail and his political cartoons. I look forward to them each Wednesday on “The Nerve”. I understand his reasoning and understanding between Muslims and Sikhs but believe he has considerably stepped over the line if he publishes this cartoon (which he apparently has already done). In the minds of most who see this cartoon he has brought himself down to the level of Senator Jakie Knotts. I look forward to his next political expression but this one on Nikki Haley is over the edge. His explaination is logical but not enough for the audience he serves who have probably missed his point. He should either pull it back if he can or give a full and sincere apology to Ms Haley.

    Mr. Ariail I know you can do better and am looking forward to your next interpretation of the state political scene.

  13. Robert Ariail on July 19th, 2010 9:10 pm

    Thanks, O’Neal- come back to see us! Miss You!

  14. Florida Watching on July 20th, 2010 6:58 am

    Hey Robert - No worries.

    This “Concerned American” is part of Nikki’s Camp, always defending her on Sic Willies site. This individual as no clue.

  15. Florida Watching on July 20th, 2010 7:01 am

    Personally, I think the cartoon is a work of creative psychological reflex. The true intent is apparent, but you leave lots of room for misinterpretation from the eggheads.

    Well played.

  16. Florida Watching on July 20th, 2010 7:02 am

    Have you contacted Sic Willie yet?

  17. Florida Watching on July 20th, 2010 7:03 am

    What is next????

    I can’t wait. Here is an idea. Dress her up as a Doctor at that hospital performing surgery. Didn’t she get paid the same as they do???? For doing what????

  18. Florida Watching on July 20th, 2010 7:04 am

    Or………..dress her up as an Engineer teaching….. didn’t she get paid the same for that too?

  19. Florida Watching on July 20th, 2010 11:34 am

    However, if you have people beating down your door in protest….I understand. You really hung one out there.

    I like it.

  20. Florida Watching on July 20th, 2010 11:36 am

    Do another cartoon real quick, and churn some comments.

  21. Florida Watching on July 20th, 2010 12:21 pm

    Robert - You really have to include the cartoon of her being a ghost in the State House missing one of her many meetings………

  22. Robert Ariail on July 20th, 2010 2:08 pm

    Folks, I’ve been asked by WLTX News 19 in Columbia to comment on this cartoon. Here’s what I said:

    The cartoon on Ms. Haley is, I think, pretty straight forward: It contrasts her campaign’s message of open government and transparency ( which I support ) with her recent closed-door meetings, her refusal to release House e-mail accounts and her explanations on consulting fees and what she did to earn them. The cartoon is neither salacious nor an ethnic or religious slur. I came up with the idea of her as “Miss Transparency” wearing the title sash and bikini and chose the burqa as the best clothing metaphor representing the opposite of transparency. The burqa is a visual metaphore I’ve used before to make similar points. It is not about Ms. Haley’s religion- after all, she was a Sikh, not a Muslim, before she became a Christian. Anyone who claims this cartoon is an ethnic or religious slur is deliberately misconstruing its simple, issue-oriented meaning.

    Robert Ariail

  23. Victoria on July 20th, 2010 3:46 pm

    I don’t get it…it doesn’t make any sense.

  24. Florida Watching on July 20th, 2010 7:52 pm

    Victoria - I have to chuckle. Robert couldn’t have been more clear.

  25. Florida Watching on July 20th, 2010 7:55 pm

    Ok Robert.

    You are clearly running out of time. Need another cartoon in a couple hours. Rise with the surge.

  26. Florida Watching on July 20th, 2010 7:57 pm


    Gotta go, good TV on. Hope to see more later.

  27. Bingo on July 20th, 2010 10:10 pm

    I hope that the bikini drawing doesn’t over-excite her Tea Party fan club.

  28. Florida Watching on July 21st, 2010 8:18 am

    So………when do we see some new stuff??

  29. Florida Watching on July 21st, 2010 8:19 am

    You really need to have a morning cartoon, and then an afternoon one……..keep things going.

  30. Florida Watching on July 21st, 2010 8:44 am

    Hey Robert

    When does the new stuff come out. This is a busy world, you must jump on fast, how about three cartoons a day????

  31. Robert Ariail on July 21st, 2010 9:15 am

    Florida Watching, I don’t plan to do another Haley cartoon right now- this one makes the point very succinctly on the transparency issue. If another issue arises I’ll address it. The point of my site is to publish my cartoons and create an archive- not to draw provocative cartoons for the sole purpose of driving more people to the site.

    I do not plan to post again until the weekend.

  32. annoyed on July 21st, 2010 10:22 am

    Does Florida Watching have a mental problem or just no life? your comments are ridiculous and borderline creepy.

    on another note, this cartoon is spot on and hilarious! I’m please it made it onto the news, that’s how I heard about it. And anyone who doesn’t get that it is about the issues not her religion should keep their mouth shut, unless you want to show off your ignorance.

  33. Gary on July 21st, 2010 11:19 am

    I understand the context of your Cartoon. Although the first reaction was that it was racist and on lines of Jakie Knotts. But unfortunately in the brainwashed climate that we live here in SC it is very easily associated with and a subtle suggestion that Haley is “from over there”
    This will also be viewed as a crude attempt to associate Haley with some of the backward traditions of Muslims. The fact is that Sikh religion ( I did a little research) is in fact very modern and gave complete and equal rights to women centuries ago, while many our our Semitic religions till date do not allow them even to preach. As per Sikh religion Veil/Burka is considered as a form of subjugation and slavery of women.

    The lack of transparency charge against Haley is bogus and “The State” generated BS which also being trumped by bloggers on your newspaper site. Let me answer you point by point.

    THE EMAILS: The refusal of email records by Haley is being made out to be lack of transparency. But no one talks about the context in which these emails were being asked. Just because a blogger accused her of inappropriate relationship ( without any shred of evidence) you expect her to be distracted and release her records. How would you like if I made an accusation against you and then asked you to release your records to prove your innocence ?? So where is the question of transparency?? Any Tom Dick and Harry can make accusations against you- so are you obligated to keep clearing the air??

    This is what the blogger on your newspaper site was peddling this weak. Now i personally know, many business leaders are upset with Chamber for supporting Sheheen. They wanted to meet Haley in private and air their concerns as well as support for her. No voting is involved, No policy is being discussed, No state money is involved, no projects are being discussed. So if some one wants to meet her in private without the media why is the hue and cry about so called transparency?? These kind of meetings between a candidate and their voters/interest groups are very common. This is also much noise about nothing.

    Finally I notice, a lot of hyperactive commentators like “Florida Watch” have all arrived suddenly at your site from FITS. Many of them are usually kept drugged by their psychiatrist but like energized bunnies they come alive to spew their hatred and trash against Haley whenever her topic comes up.

  34. Web on July 21st, 2010 3:25 pm

    To Robert Ariail: what do you mean by “Her religion was Sikh before becoming a Christian”????

    Haley IS still a Sikh. 29% of her campaign money has come from Sikhs; do you think Sikhs are stupid that they would donate money to a Christian?

    Also she has long hair like Sikhs, although she might gradually shorten her hair over the next couple of months to show that she is not Sikh.

  35. WorkingTommyC on July 21st, 2010 6:35 pm

    Mr. Arial:

    The accuracy of the burqa for a former Sikh is a distraction on your part and irrelevant. Seeing as how Obama is not and never has been a Sikh, Jake Knotts surely had no idea of the distinction you make when he made the “f—— raghead” comments about Obama and Haley. The term “raghead” is applied derogatorily to people in the Muslim world primarily. You used as a symbol an item of clothing that is the rough female equivalent the turban to which “raghead” refers to and applied it to Nikki in what looks to be another nasty dig at her “foreign” ethnic background.

    Are you really expecting us to think you were so wrapped up in the distinction between the two religions that you thought no one would make the connection when such generalities are frequently the BASIS of humor–whether accurate or not? If you aren’t mostly aware of and take into careful consideration how your cartoons will be perceived, how could you have had any success in your career to begin with?

    In the context of what has happened with Knotts, it’s obvious that you’re playing off Jake Knotts’ statement and raising his comment from the rhetorical grave. You are an artist that is constantly working in context of the political landscape and the events that shape it. Generalized symbols are part of the way political cartoons work.

    You can deny it but, to give you the benefit of a doubt, you’ve got to be intelligent enough to know that you’d at least be propping up Jake’s remark to some extent. You have to be fully aware of the symbols you use and how loaded they may be depending on the current circumstances. You either wanted the extra and false dig at Nikki and her background or you didn’t care that people would take it that way.

    I’ll lay money that Jake has been waving copies of your cartoon around telling his buddies, “See? I told ya! Remembah: ya heard it from ME first!”

  36. Drive on July 22nd, 2010 9:13 pm

    Not sure what this person WorkingTommyC is talking about. He (or she) needs to get his (or her) facts straight. Burqa is not female equivalent of turban, female equivalent of turban is also a turban…Turban covers only head while burqa covers the whole body. Turban is a part of Sikh religion while burqa is not part of any religion; burqa is just a tradition observed in some Islamic ountries. Turban is related to rag-headedness while Burqa has nothing to do with rag-headedness. If you are so obsessed to relate Burqa to rag***, you should invent a new term as “rag-bodiness”. But then you will be the only person who will understand that term…

    This is just a cartoon depicting Haley’s hypocrisy, that’s all…

  37. Florida Watching on July 23rd, 2010 7:01 pm

    Dude - You don’t spend much time on this, do you?

  38. Robert Ariail on July 24th, 2010 7:27 am

    Gary, your points on e-mails and meetings are well made and valid. Thanks for sharing that.

  39. WorkingTommyC on July 24th, 2010 2:29 pm


    You’re splitting hairs as was Ariail. If you did not understand the adjective “rough” as applied before “equivalent,” in my post you should reconsider participating in these conversations.

  40. Florida Watching on July 24th, 2010 3:55 pm

    Hey, where is the new stuff?

  41. Drive on July 24th, 2010 10:37 pm

    WorkingTommyC, I actually saw the adjective “rough”. And that is my whole point that what you said was wrong.

    You said, “… An item of clothing that is the rough female equivalent (of) the turban…” THIS IS WRONG.

    If you had said, “… An item of clothing that is not female equivalent (of) the turban… “THEN IT WOULD BE CORRECT.

  42. Florida Watching on July 25th, 2010 10:16 am

    Ok, the fact that she is covered from head to toe in black is understood. Completely non-transparent, which is a true statement.

  43. Robert Ariail on July 27th, 2010 8:47 am

    Folks, I think the commentary on this cartoon has gone on long enough and, frankly, I don’t feel obligated to continue to read and post some of the bile spewed this way. It particularly amazes me at how many expert mindreaders there are out there in the blogosphere who know my “real” intent in creating this cartoon.

    It might behoove some of you to look back at other cartoons I’ve done regarding Ms. Haley : Like the one with Lee Atwater proclaiming “Now that’s dirty!” defending her against the allegations made by Will Folks and the one criticizing Jake Knotts for calling her a “raghead.” In the context of my other work it’s difficult to make the case that I am in league with racists trying to derail Ms. Haley’s campaign. But I’m sure that won’t stop some of you.

    To paraphrase Freud, sometimes a burqa is just a burqa- that is, just an article of clothing that’s the most concealing. (Or would that be a Freudian Slip?)

    Anyway, that’s the last word here. I’m closing the commentary on this cartoon.

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  45. Kay Wright Rush on September 29th, 2011 8:33 am

    I cannot believe the people of South Carolina picked such an idiot to be the governor of our State. What were they thinking. I do not believe I have never seen the promises she made during the campaigning process. I do not vote for the Party, I vote for the person I think will do the best job for the people of SC and the US.

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