Wednesday, July 16, 2008

So Not Funny, The New Yorker

By now, everyone has seen the cover of The New Yorker featuring Barack and Michelle Obama as a Muslim and a 'fro-sporting radical, respectively. People are saying "Muslim" and "'fro-sporting radical" like it's a bad thing! Anyway, the magazine claims this is "satire," which is a word people use when they've been caught being racist assholes. From their statement:

The burning flag, the nationalist-radical and Islamic outfits, the fist-bump, the portrait on the wall? All of them echo one attack or another. Satire is part of what we do, and it is meant to bring things out into the open, to hold up a mirror to prejudice, the hateful, and the absurd. And that's the spirit of this cover.

There's nothing in this cartoon that says "right-wingers are paranoid loonies" to me. So, not funny, The New Yorker.

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