MacKinnon said he was compelled to draw the cartoon, which was published in the weekend edition of The Chronicle Herald, to illustrate what he believes to be a crucial example of how allegations of sexual abuse are treated in North America.
“In a year that was so dominated by the #MeToo movement and the changes that I think we all hope will come from that, this seems to be an almost watershed moment and a very pivotal one for America,” he said.
The image has gone viral since Saturday, amassing tens of thousands of likes and thousands of shares on social media websites like Reddit, Twitter and Facebook.
It caught the attention of actress and #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano, who tweeted it out Sunday with the caption: “You’ve made a misogynistic, hurtful, joke of our Supreme Court, @realDonaldTrump. … Women won’t forget. And we vote.”
Some users have described feeling a “gut punch” upon seeing it, and one woman tweeted the provocative cartoon made her feel like she couldn’t breathe.
But MacKinnon said these feelings of disgust are, in some ways, the point of his cartoon.