Posts Tagged ‘George Bush’
It’s been 24 hours since The New Yorker‘s Barack Obama “Politics of Fear” cover hit newsstands, which means the print world has had time to weigh in. Also, FBNY readers!: 55% percent of the couple of hundred of you who voted found it more offensive than not, which may mirror the response The New Yorker got from its own readers. Says WWD: “readers have sent in a flood of e-mails weighted heavily toward angry complaint, save for a few who praise the cover” leading some inside the Conde halls to worry there may be some long-term advertising fallout as a result. Meanwhile, editor David Remnick spent the better part of yesterday defending the cover against what Jack Shafer refers to as the “alleged umbrage umbrage of the chattering classes.
Overall, the general concern seems to be that outside the presumably sophisticated readership of The New Yorker the unwashed masses won’t get the joke and perhaps use the image to their own evil ends. Which, after some consideration, is maybe a valid point only in so far as one wonders whether the satire factor of this image is too dependent on the fact that it’s running on the cover of The New Yorker, i.e. “The New Yorker” blazoned across the top of the image is actually the caption it requires to serve as satire, meaning one has to understand what The New Yorker represents to get the joke. (Over at the LAT Andrew Malcolm expressed concern over the lack of caption). Or maybe, as the NYT suggests, it’s just that Obama isn’t funny.
So yeah, this week’s New Yorker cover. Everyone is shocked! shocked! Or at least everyone who works in a Presidential campaign. Obama (who recently approved Bush’s Constitutionally questionable warrantless wiretapping bill) thinks it’s “tasteless and offensive.” The McCain camp concurs. Totally understandable, since as we all know satire (part of that whole “freedom of speech” deal) is supposed to be in good taste. The conclusion here apparently being that Americans are too stupid to differentiate between satire and slander, and/or Obama supporters too thin-skinned to appreciate the humor (we happen to disagree on both counts, by the way).
One wonders if a similar cover of Hillary Clinton would have elicited such a response, or how about one of Hillary and Obama in bed together, or one of George Bush in an apron, or maybe a foreign head of state being propositioned in a men’s bathroom a la Larry Craig, or the entire Oval Office swimming in post-Katrina waters for that matter, or sailors kissing? Considering these are all subjects depicted on previous Barry Blitt New Yorker covers the answer would have to be no. Take a look for yourself after the jump.
How to Be Successful: It seemed to us when He’s Just Not That Into You author Liz Tuccillo eschewed the chance to be a dating pundit that she was throwing away a shot at fame, fortune and permanent job security. Not so.
News to Her: The lede of Rachel Abramowitz‘s story today: “Here’s a news flash: The Rock is no more. It’s not even Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson but merely Dwayne Johnson, plain vanilla, regular guy, would-be action-hero for the text-message set.” Um, Rachel. That hasn’t been news for, like, the better part of a year. Someone get this woman a subscription to Entertainment Weekly.
Seriously? Tim Rutten says he thinks it would be a mistake to indict George Bush and Dick Cheney for war crimes, saying trials “would be a profound — even tragic — mistake. Our political system works as smoothly as it does, in part, because we’ve never criminalized differences over policy. Since Andrew Jackson‘s time, our electoral victors celebrate by throwing the losers out of work — not into jail cells.” Interestingly, this paragraph comes nine graphs into a story that list many of the administration’s crimes.
‘YouTube Is Becoming the World’s Biggest Focus Group’: Just when you thought the democratic sandbox of lowest-common-denominator entertainment was safe from the prying eyes of marketers and information-seekers, comes this. Oh well.
Most Unexpected Paragraph(s) of the Day: In her op-ed piece about the Rob Lowe case, Rachel Abramowitz raises the specter of Anthony Pellicano: “…where’s Anthony Pellicano when you need him? … he definitely had a well-defined spot in the Hollywood food chain — fixer, interlocutor between celebrities and the populace, the man to call when your one-night stand, your nanny, your personal assistant, your housekeeper, yoga instructor, chakra cleanser, what-have-you decides to sue for slights real and imagined. … Obviously Pellicano was a bully, ready to smear the less powerful with impunity. But there could be a cool efficiency to how he operated.”
Is This Photo An Editorial Statement? Elizabeth Snead dishes about how American Idol creator Nigel Lythgoe didn’t want George Bush to appear on the Idol Gives Back show — which is all fine and good, but what’s with the photo choice of Nigel as a clown?
Yes We Clicked Through The Entire Thing: The LAT has been reading our wish-book again, this time posting a picture-book-thingy about Matthew McConaughey’s predilection to show of his pecks. When we got to the last frame we were miffed to find a totally clothed Matt Damon, but then we played the little YouTube video and felt much better.
Desperate Times Call For Bizarre Sources: The Associated Press was so shut out of the Heath Ledger’s-parents-return-home story, that they made security guards their lede and were reduced to quoting a 58-year-old hospital catering supervisor.
Bush Mugs Elmo: On his way out of office, George Bush decided to kick a few 3-year-old in the face and announced plans to cut funds for public television and radio. Of course public broadcasting officials aren’t going to take that lying down. They’ll take it… sure, but they’ll be sitting upright, probably in their Eames chairs, when they do. (Before you write in, we know that the photo doesn’t match. But we were on such a roll of hotties this morning, we decided not to muck it up with a stupid Muppet’s mug. Or Elmo’s.)
Well, for this week anyway. We thought it was cute when the AP tried this experiment, but for Us Weekly to eschew Paris (especially the week of her release) is kinda like Fox News saying they’ve had it up to here with that George Bush character. Without the butter, Us Weekly, there won’t be any bread.
MTV’s new comedy troupe Human Giant, the network’s latest attempt at programming something other than a Laguna Beach spin-off, has put together something called Lil’ 9/11, a mock film about the September 11th attacks featuring children playing the roles of George W. Bush and Osama Bin Laden.
The trailer [above] includes the reenactment of the now-infamous scene at Emma T. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota when Bush first learned of the attacks. Another scene shows (Lil’) Bush searching — and finding — Osama in a cave.
To be sure, there’s something unseemly about watching 6-year-olds reenact 9/11. But like any great comedy, Lil’ 9/11 is walking the tender line between hilarity and indecency.
We report. You decide.
Perhaps George Bush will finally be able to “correct” that approval rating
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