Legendary Daily Mail cartoonist Mac has divided opinion with his take on Cilla Black’s death – after depicting the Blind Date star queuing outside the gates of Heaven while illegal immigrants fight to cross its border.
The cartoon was published yesterday in the Daily Mail and soon after on its website.
Mac's combination of the Calais migrants crisis and the sudden death of 60s legend Cilla has led people to criticise the Mail, and to question the true meaning(s) of the picture.
Mail readers were quick to air their disapproval of the cartoon, with one writing: "Too soon."
And perhaps less surprisingly, it earned highly negative reactions elsewhere on social media.
No other newspaper would publish this. The Daily Mail is disgraceful http://t.co/TnEL5tuNHX— throwback (@grandeversini) August 4, 2015
Today's Daily Mail cartoon is an appalling Cilla Black-Calais tie up. African racial stereotypes aplenty.August 4, 2015ADVERTISEMENT
@BWazir1 it really is the most disgusting, mean-spirited, damaging and flagrantly bigoted publication in Britain— dave s (@dave_sfx) August 4, 2015
@MailOnline showing its true colors of compassion again!August 5, 2015
Yet for all the criticism of the cartoon, people pointed to other possible inferences.
As well as the fact Cilla died at her home in Spain.
@swishfish quite. Maybe the migrants are all British people trying to get into Spain.— Simon Varwell (@simonvarwell) August 5, 2015
But others sidestepped the controversy entirely, and instead pointed to fact the Daily Mail managed to merge two of its most read topics this week into one cartoon.
Amazingly they've even managed to merge cilla black and the calais immigrant crises into one cartoon— Alex (@AlexShallBe) August 4, 2015