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Alfred Gescheidt on Satire’s Return(s)

crown.jpgAmong the letters to the editor published in yesterday’s New York Times was one from photographer Alfred Gescheidt, who wrote (in the wake of the still bubbling brouhaha over Barry Blitt‘s New Yorker cover) of his experience with the relativity of political satire. Gescheidt, who memorably montaged a royal crown onto a photo of then First Lady Nancy Reagan to create a “Queen Nancy” postcard, noted that while “most considered this card clever satire, others thought it crossed the line into vulgarity.” As for the official reaction:

The publisher received an official White House letter from Ronald Reagan‘s lawyer, warning him that many considered it the ultimate in bad taste. Yet Mrs. Reagan herself said on TV that she would never wear a crown because it would only mess up her hair. My federal income tax was audited for three consecutive years.

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