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.