Sunday, January 18, 2009

Yes You Can


From yesterday's New York Times, by artist Barry Blitt

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is that Oprah center, next to B.O? Michelle better watch out for that bitch, trying to muscle in on her man! Why else would she be so he'll bent on getting a place in DC?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, man. She's just trying to get back at me for the Dr. Hate thing and especially for the "invisible robots" thing!


Steadman.

Anonymous said...

Whom do you mean by "they?" ;)

Fred said...

That illustration speaks volumes, all of them positive.

Chez said...

I figured the fact that I was talking about America's black children was obvious -- bit it was early when I posted this so who knows.

Alex said...

What's the story on the Sunday Sacrilege that my RSS reader says should be here instead?

Chez said...

I originally posted a Sunday Sacrilege, but it really wasn't that great and it didn't fit well between the photo of Inara and the hopeful Obama cartoon (which is not to say that any Sunday Sacrilege wouldn't have worked -- just this one in particular since it was a purposely stupid picture). I'll save it for next week.

Alex said...

Gotcha, bikini-clad doesn't fit. :P

Ref said...

Love it! Thanks.

Chez said...

For the record, Jayne suggested I change the headline -- so I did.

Because I do what my wife says.

Constructive Feedback said...

Indeed the picture is positive.

The picture and the general sentiment behind the picture, however, lacks the details and specificity as to what, beyond some magical gravitational pull that Barack Obama will have in causing young Black children to follow a productive course simply because they see a Black president.

It is ironic, for example, that the very same boob tube that brings is the BET Top 10 Hip Hop Countdown where young Black women can see how their older contemporaries dress and act is the same device that this child depicted in the cartoon is receiving his positive indoctrination from.

Shouldn't we take the logical next step and begin to limit our children's unsupervised consumption of messages from the television? This in turn will have an impact on the Neilsen ratings and those who do the "green lighting" will get the message that there is a need for more positive messages.

In the coming years I am looking out for more of a logistical plan out of our people as the primary means of affecting change.

Chez said...

Agreed.

I think the image of Obama as president is a powerful one -- one that I hope would provide an example of what can be accomplished in this country. You're right, though. It's not enough to sustain true growth.

And yes, as I've said a million-and-one times -- never trust the people bringing you your television programming. They're not in it for anything more than the bottom line. Your example of BET and modern hip-hop goes beyond just TV, however -- getting into an entire culture of crap that needs overhauling.

Deacon Blue said...

Yes, Chez, I find that it's good to listen to what the boss...er, wife...says myself.

Peach said...

I think it's too easy to sit back and say that one figure will not change an ideal.
In fact, this one figure has. When one is white it can be easy to see your options laid out for you. You can be President, go to Harvard, do as you like.
When one is not white without those role models there to provide proof that it is attainable it just seems like a joke.
Like a stupid, inclusionary joke played on you. "You can be anything you want"*coughifyouranoldChristianWhiteMalecough* rings hollow. Very hollow.
Until now.
Now it doesn't. Not it has stregnth to it. BET is a network, and this is less about TV then about an attainable image that proves to some little 4 year old that he can actually be whatever he wants to be.

blech. I dont usually like my cheese before noon, but I think this is a great cartoon taht speaks less about TV and more about our new role models.