A lot of people voted in on this one. A lot. It’s clearly got people ‘up in arms’. For the record – we thought the New Yorker cover last summer was funny and pretty decent satire. The controversy around it was stupid. But the cover was poignant.
Here’s the thing with comedy: poking fun at power is funny. Kicking the weak is not funny. Monkeys – very funny. Cops shooting monkey dead – not funny. Cops being stupid – funny. Cops assassinating man-like mammals – not funny.
Equating our new first black president to an assassinated (shot twice in the chest) monkey – NOT FUNNY.
And even saying,”No, no – he didn’t mean Obama – he meant Congress.”
We say that true racists – true ones – not the ones you have to read between the lines to see they are kind of biased – but the real ones. The ones on the mailing lists for neo-Nazi groups. The ones that complain that their local dry cleaner won’t starch their white hood properly. When those people look at this cartoon – do THEY see Congress?
And if THEY like it – hang it in their cabins – put it on t-shirts and email it to all their friends – then? – then is it racist?