Wednesday, February 18, 2009

WTF (Part 2)


From this morning's New York Post (motto: The Best Newspaper on Which To Train Your Dog in the Tri-state Area)

In the words of the Huffington Post:

"At its most benign, the cartoon suggests that the stimulus bill was so bad, monkeys may as well have written it. Most provocatively, it compares the president to a rabid chimp. Either way, the incorporation of violence and (on a darker level) race into politics is bound to be controversial."

Look, kids. I'm all for laughing at the inappropriate, and I'm a big fan of pushing the envelope when it comes to comedy; from my perspective, just about anything can be made fun of. But even subtly implying -- or willfully ignoring the fact that a lot of people might infer from your cartoon -- that the first black president of the United States is a chimpanzee, and worse, one that needs to be shot by the cops, is a really fucking bad idea.

You know the media-ready contrived outrage that will almost certainly follow this?

I'm not sure it will be all that contrived this time around.

21 comments:

Jeremy Feist said...

Ahhh, the New York Post...where Jounalistic Integrity goes to curl and up and die a neglectful death. Yeesh, no matter which way you cut it, this is pretty damn offensive.

Trouble said...

What were they thinking, running this cartoon? How can anyone see humor in this?

(I say this knowing full well that I joked all last week about the Chris Brown/Rhianna beat down.)

kanye said...

The only willful ignorance in play here will be coming from those who believe that Obama had anything to do with authorship of the Stimulus Bill. He didn't, as he himself has stated repeatedly.

That leaves only the uniformed, the unintelligent and the insincere to provide the requisite outrage. You know, the usual suspects. Tell me again, why should anyone put creedence in what loudmouths, dummies and liars think?

The Beware of Dog sign...that was a nice touch.

Benoit from Ottawa said...

Not that offensive. (Well, of course, it IS. But it's an effing political cartoon. It's allowed to be savage. That's a tradition.)

Why not that offensive? The first association (and for me the remaining one) is the clichéd example of an infinite number of monkeys on keyboards writing some Shakespeare, which I think no one ever believes. What's believed in is keyboard monkey gobbledygook. That's the only slam here, I think.

(Besides, it's tough to demean Obama -- the guy's more intelligent and better educated than most, and *reasonable*, imagine that! What a new broom through the house!)

Spencer said...

I actually think this is referring to a woman in Connecticut whose 220 lb. chimp attacked her friend, ripping the woman's face off. The story and audio are on the NY Daily News' site. Regardless of why they published the cartoon, it's either racist as hell or damn insensitive to a woman whose life is probably ruined.

Chez said...

Yeah, Spencer, I get that it was a reference to the chimp attack in Connecticut. That's obviously the entire reason for the cartoon in the first place. But it's still really pushing it to make the connection to Obama. Whether the idea is that a group of monkeys wrote the stimulus bill or not, the guy who drew this had to know how it might be interpreted. In fact, I'm betting he was counting on it. So was the Post.

Figgylicious said...

I admit that my first thought was 'wait...did...did they just compare Obama to a monkey?' and was kind of surprised that anyone would be this stupid but...hell, didn't people spend the last 8 years comparing Bush to a monkey? I know I did. Repeatedly.

Though I suppose the race issue makes it really comfortable here. It's a massively stupid idea, and they had to have known what they were doing...

dick_gozinia said...

I agree that it has to do something with the chimp attack in CT, but where is the connection between the chimp attack and the stimulus package other than it happened on the day the bill got signed?

If I could figure out a tangible connection, I'd think this was funny. Since I can't, I think its stupid, not clever and void of any humor. Political cartoons are satire based on clever observation, which this lacks completely.

In shorter terms...

FAIL.

Figgylicious said...

OK I take that back. This guy's obviously fucked up in so many, many ways:

http://gawker.com/5155855/ten-masterpieces-from-sean-delonas

Jeebus. What a turd.

AndrewSmash said...

Classic neo-con comedy. And if you don't laugh, it's cause liberals have no sense of humor - turd is putting it mildly.

Alex said...

Wow. After looking at those masterpieces I have absolutely no clue how this guy still has a job. In no way is this guy talented at all. I mean past the obvious of being offensive this guy has no clue how to write or draw. Oh all gay people all prance around with their legs up and wrists limp? VERY CLEVER. About as subtle as a car wreck.

Anonymous said...

*sigh* so sensitive, dear chez. so sensitive.

Anonymous said...

*sigh* so sensitive, dear chez. so sensitive.

Anonymous said...

*sigh* so sensitive, dear chez. so sensitive.

Anonymous said...

*sigh* so sensitive, dear chez. so sensitive.

Chez said...

Yup. Sensitive. Just like the "Publish Your Comment" key.

B8ovin said...

After seeing the body of his work I'd use a masturbating monkey to satirize HIM: same subtlety and just as self-indulgent.

Ref said...

But Bush WAS a destructive chimpanzee!

VOTAR said...

Be on the lookout for his next cartoon, a scribble depicting a pile of burning human carcasses in the snow.

The caption: "Well at least now there are 49 new job opportunities to put a few lucky Buffalonians back to work."

Michael J. West said...

Isn't it punishment enough for the cartoonist to know that the cartoon is spectacularly unfunny?

Anonymous said...

So much talk, so little listen. The people at the Post should get with the people at the New Yorker and review again how to exercise free speech while biting your tongue and watching your back.