Karl Lagerfeld skewers Angela Merkel in political cartoon


It's common knowledge that Karl Lagerfeld wears many hats (not literally, of course!). But did you know that in addition to his roles at Chanel, Fendi and his namesake label, not to mention his various fashion photographer gigs, the 84-year-old also draws political cartoons and caricatures for monthly companion magazine to the German daily, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung?

According to WWD, the designer has been contributing since 2013, however his latest creation is what's drawing a light to it now. Lagerfeld skewered Angela Merkel in the cartoon, which depicts Hitler thanking the German Chancellor for "inadvertently allowing my descendants to be represented in parliament," while a reeling Merkel asks, "What have I done?"

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Designer Karl Lagerfeld (L) and Silvia Venturini Fendi greet the audience at the end of the show for fashion house Fendi during the Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 04: Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (L) gives to Karl Lagerfeld the 'Medaille Grand Vermeil de la Ville de Paris' after the Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on July 4, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 04: (L-R) Katy Perry, Karl Lagerfeld, Cara Delevingne and Claudia Schiffer attend the Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on July 4, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: (L-R) Singer Rihanna and Member of the Jury, stylist Karl Lagerfeld attend the 'Young Fashion Designer' : LVMH Prize 2017 Edition at Fondation Louis Vuitton on June 16, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MARCH 18: (EDITORS NOTE: NO TABLOIDS) - Princess Caroline of Hanover and Karl Lagerfeld attend the Rose Ball 2017 Secession Viennoise To Benefit The Princess Grace Foundation at Sporting Monte-Carlo on March 18, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Gaetan Luci/Palais Princier/SBM/SC Pool - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MARCH 18: (EDITORS NOTE: NO TABLOIDS) - Charlotte Casiraghi, Mona Walravens and Karl Lagerfeld during the Rose Ball 2017 To Benefit The Princess Grace Foundation at Sporting Monte-Carlo on March 18, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pierre Villard/Palais Princier/ SBM/SC Pool - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 07: (L-R) Sebastien Jondeau, Stylist Karl Lagerfeld and Pharrell Williams attend the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on March 7, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 07: (L-R) Vanessa Paradis and Stylist Karl Lagerfeld pose after the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on March 7, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 07: (L-R) Cara Delevingne, Stylist Karl Lagerfeld and Pharrell Williams attend the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on March 7, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 02: Karl Lagerfeld and Delphine Arnault attend the Cocktail Reception For The LVMH PRIZE 2017 on March 2, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor Boyko/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 02: Kendall Jenner and Karl Lagerfeld attend the Cocktail Reception For The LVMH PRIZE 2017 on March 2, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor Boyko/Getty Images)
German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld (R) acknowledges the audience next to French and US actress and model Lily-Rose Melody Depp at the end of the Chanel during the 2017 spring/summer Haute Couture collection on January 24, 2017 at the Grand Palais in Paris. / AFP / Patrick KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)
Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour attending the British Fashion Awards at the London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, in London.
Karl Lagerfeld (right) arriving for the wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock at the Place du Palais.
Karl Lagerfeld and Courtney Love arriving at the AmfAR Gala, during the 64th Cannes International Film Festival, at the Hotel du Cap, in Cannes, France.
(L-R) Karl Lagerfeld, Diane Kruger and Denys Arcand arrive for the closing ceremony during the 60th annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. Picture date: Sunday 27 May 2007. Photo credit should read: Anthony Harvey/PA Wire
SHANGHAI, CHINA - DECEMBER 19: German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld attends the 2016 Digital Fashion Grand Ceremony on December 19, 2016 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 06: (L-R) Stylist Karl Lagerfeld and Lily-Rose Depp attends the 'Chanel Collection des Metiers d'Art 2016/17 : Paris Cosmopolite' : Show at Hotel Ritz on December 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 06: (L-R) Pharrell Williams, journalist Anna Wintour and stylist Karl Lagerfeld attend the 'Chanel Collection des Metiers d'Art 2016/17 : Paris Cosmopolite' : Show at Hotel Ritz on December 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
Princess Caroline of Hanover and Karl Lagerfeld attend The 62nd Rose Ball To Benefit The Princess Grace Foundation at Sporting Monte-Carlo on March 19, 2016 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Stylist Karl Lagerfeld and Actress Diane Kruger attend the Chanel Spring Summer 2016 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff/Le Segretain/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Model Cara Delevingne and Stylist Karl Lagerfeld attend the Chanel Spring Summer 2016 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff/Le Segretain/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - DECEMBER 01: Karl Lagerfeld and Franca Sozzani attend the Chanel Metiers d'Art 2015/16 Fashion Show at Cinecitta on December 1, 2015 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld attend the British Fashion Awards at The Coliseum. (Photo by rune hellestad/Corbis via Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 30: Baptiste Giabiconi and Karl Lagerfeld are seen at dinner before the Chanel Party on November 30, 2015 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Agostino Fabio/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE: Gloria Von Thurn und Taxis and Karl Lagerfeld attend a fashion week Party at Les Bains Douches in the 1980s in Paris, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE: Victoire de Castellane and Karl Lagerfeld attend the Victoire de Castellane Birthday Party at Les Bains Douches in January, 1992, in Paris, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 30: Riccardo Tisci, Ciara, Karl Lagerfeld, Carine Roitfeld and Kim Kardashian attend the CR Fashion Book Issue No.5 Launch Party hosted by Carine Roitfeld and Stephen Gan at The Peninsula Paris on September 30, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Designer Karl Lagerfeld and actress Tilda Swinton attend The Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit: A Tribute to Tilda Swinton reception at Museum of Modern Art on November 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Diane Kruger and Karl Lagerfeld arrive at the re-opening party for the Chanel Soho store in New York September 9, 2010. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT FASHION)
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Last month, Germany elected a member of a far-right party to Parliament for the first time in more than 50 years, and it's clear where Lagerfeld is casting the blame. It has been widely reported that the growing support for the far-right party is the result of their anti-immigration stance, as Merkel has allowed thousands of refugees into the country. Earlier this month, Merkel agreed to cap the number of refugees at 200,000 per year, according to the New York Times.

"I am beside myself!" he told WWD of the far-right party's gain of power. "I hoped that something like this would never happen again in my life. I am ashamed of Germany."

The designer, who grew up in Germany under Hitler's rule, now calls Paris home.

Lagerfeld is not one to shy away from controversy. He has openly criticized women for their size (he called Adele "fat" in 2012) and said that Kim Kardashian's flashy lifestyle was to blame for her robbery in Paris last year.

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Two political cartoons on one sheet: cartoon on left by Clifford Berryman published in the Washington Star, April 28, 1907, shows Taft leaving a dog labeled "Politics" behind in Washington, D.C., as he travels to Ohio; cartoon on right by Charles Lewis Bartholomew published in the Minneapolis Journal, April 27, 1907, shows Taft as a stone rolling down a hill over Cuba, Puerto Rico, Panama, and the Philippines but gathering no moss.

Drawn by: Clifford Kennedy Berryman and Charles Lewes Bartholomew

photo credit: Library of Congress

The Political Gymnasium

Photo Credit: Currier & Ives, New York, 1860/ Library of Congress

'The political sphynx'

published 1888

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James G. Blaine is depicted  as the head of a tapeworm made up of various government scandals over a map of the United States.

photo credit: Chicago Bank Note Co.

In a rare pro-Democrat cartoon presidential aspirant George Brinton McClellan is portrayed as the intermediary between Abraham Lincoln and Confederacy president Jefferson Davis. Gen. McClellan is in the center acting as a go-between in a tug-of-war over a "Map of the United States" engaged in by Lincoln (left) and Davis. He holds the two men by their lapels and asserts, "The Union must be preserved at all hazards!" Lincoln tugs at the northern side of the map, saying, "No peace without abolition." Davis pulls at the southern portion, advocating, "No peace without Separation!!"

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Print shows President Chester A. Arthur as a magician on a stage, pulling cards out of a hat and tossing them into the audience; the cards are labeled "Secretary of Navy, Foreign Minister, Interior, Consulate, Collectorship, Soft Soap, Minister to Turkey, Quashed Endictment, Secretary of War, Protection, Postmaster, Promises, Gratitude, [and] Reciprocity". On the stage are other magic devices, a "Great Machine Trick" showing cards and labeled "New Political Deal Trick", a wheel labeled "Stalwartism Neutrality Halfbreedism", a bottle labeled "Ever-lasting Patronage Bottle", a cone labeled "Great Veto Extinguish Trick", and a drum labeled "Last Grand Trick Resignation". Among those in the audience are Carl Schurz, John A. Logan, Thomas De Witt Talmage, David Davis, Joseph W. Keifer, John P. Jones, Stephen W. Dorsey, Thomas J. Brady, William M. Evarts, Benjamin F. Butler, and Samuel J. Kirkwood.

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Rival presidential nominees Lincoln and Douglas are matched in a footrace, in which Lincoln's long stride is a clear advantage. Both sprint down a path toward the U.S. Capitol, which appears in the background right. They are separated from it by a rail fence, a reference to Lincoln's popular image as a rail-splitter. Douglas, whose characteristic shortness is here exaggerated to dwarfish dimensions, wonders aloud, "How can I get over this Rail Fence." Over his shoulder he carries a cane on which hangs a jug marked "M.C.," which probably refers to the Missouri Compromise, repealed in 1854 largely through Douglas's efforts. As he runs, playing cards spill from his pockets (suggesting perhaps a penchant for gambling). Lincoln, whose height is equally exaggerated, runs along beside him waving his hat and carrying a rail-splitter's maul over his shoulder. He says confidently, "It [i.e., the rail fence] can't sto\p me for I built it." From the fence on the far right a black youth taunts Douglas, "You can find me in dis yer Fence Massa Duglis." The last is evidently a reference to the slavery question central to the election campaign. The print probably appeared late in the campaign, as the Library's impression was deposited for copyright on September 21, 1860. The footrace image is also used in a similar cartoon discussed by Wilson, entitled "A Political Race"

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Cartoon showing Theodore Roosevelt carrying a bat or stick, attempting to "Shoo" a dog labelled "3rd term".

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Print of cartoon drawing shows Uncle Sam with his left hand on the left shoulder of Theodore Roosevelt, endorsing him for a second term as president. The Republican Party circulated this cartoon widely during the election year.

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Editorial cartoon shows President Carter watching in dismay as Senator Teddy Kennedy approaches carrying two large blocks of ice labeled "Blame for Cold War" and "Wage-Price Freeze." In January 1980, Kennedy, who was opposing Carter for the presidential nomination, gave a major speech at Georgetown University in which he attacked Carter for not being sufficiently firm with the Communists and for not taking steps to control inflation. "The Iceman Cometh" was a play by Eugene O'Neill about a group of homeless misfits who are temporarily beguiled by a flashy salesman who turns out to be mentally deranged. Many people believed in early 1980 that the charismatic Kennedy had a good chance of defeating Carter who was viewed as incompetent.

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Political corruption in New York City, Demcratic Party, Tammany control; original caption 'The Great New York Octopus--Politics on Manhattan Island,' a political cartoon published circa 1877. (Photo by Stock Montage/Getty Images)
The Appomattox of the third termers, unconditional surrender' Cartoon showing Ulysses S. Grant, wearing Civil War uniform, in front of tents 'Camp Bourbon,' 'post trading tent,' etc., and Belknap, Cameron, Williams, and Murphy, as soldiers with unhappy faces, handing damaged sword 'IIId. term imperialism' to James Garfield, who is holding paper 'for nomination President Garfield,' in front of 'Fort Alliance (anti-third-term).' (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty images)
1881 political cartoon Charles Julius Guiteau approaching President Garfield at the White House to ask for a diplomatic post. After he was not offered one, Guiteau assassinated Garfield in 1881.
(Original Caption) 'Will the Cat Do It?' - Political cartoon portraying President Ulysses S. Grant as a cay eyeing a goldfish labelled '3rd term.' Undated lithograph (color).
A capitol nuisance' President Theodore Roosevelt sitting at a desk that is overwhelmed with papers requiring his immediate attention; reaching through the stacks of paper is a large hand labelled 'Public Receptions'. The cartoon implies that public appearances take time away from his official duties. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty images)
A cartoon entitled 'Overweighted', depicting US President Woodrow Wilson (1856 - 1924) handing a heavy olive branch, representing the League of Nations, to a dove of peace, 1919. The text dialogue reads: 'President Wilson: 'Here's your olive branch, now get busy'. Dove of Peace: 'Of course I want to please everybody, but isn't this a bit thick?'. Original publication: Punch magazine, pub. 25th March 1919. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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