I don’t get it. What the hell was the publisher and editors of the New Yorker Magazine thinking when they decided to make this their July 21st cover? As you can see it depicts Barack and Michelle Obama inside the Oval officer, dressed as terrorist and doing the Barack O’bump. They even complete the image by have a picture of Osama bin Laden hanging over the mantle. Oh, and please don’t miss the American flag burning in the fire place. What the fuck? Seriously, what the fuck?
Now, I am a artist and cartoonist and I love, love, love political cartoons and I can normally get Satire; which is what the magazine’s editor, David Remnick wants us to believe this to be. Well, if it is satire I think it has sadly missed it mark and landed somewhere in the land of tasteless and offensive propaganda. And you are talking to a man who loves the New Yorker, but I don’t get this. I don’t get the underlying hatred that the picture seems to be promoting. Nor do I understand the hints of racism. Well, maybe it is not that I don’t understand those things, it is more that I don’t understand why the New Yorker would be promoting them.
Hell, the editor of the Golfweek got handed his ass, along with his walking papers for putting a hangman’s noose on the cover of their magazine and I wasn’t offended by that shit in the least. I just thought people were being too uptight. And, hey, I am not truly offended by the cover on The New Yorker, per se, I just hate when something is done poorly and this was done poorly.
Let’s look up the word satire, shall we….Satire is defined as the use of wit to criticize behavior; the use of wit, especially irony, sarcasm, and ridicule to criticize faults. This is not what the cover on The New Yorker is doing. What it is doing is fueling an ignorant belief that people have about not only the Obama’s but also Muslim folks in general. In a way it seems to be promoting hatred.
Okay, I get it! I’m no fool, the cover was, or so it claims, to be a satire on all of the ignorant beliefs that people hold true about the Obama’s but once again….The artist missed the mark. They failed. They didn’t know what the hell they were doing…and it could have been done too. I wish I could see the sketches that the artist who submitted this discarded prior to deciding on this one.
To America’s credit, a lot of people both Democratic and Republican were offended by the cover. I like that. Normally the media likes to make it seem that only black folks get all up in arms about shit like this. The fact that so many people took offense to the mess just goes to show you how off the mark the artist was in what he was trying to do.
There are those out there who think that people are afraid to make fun of Obama just because of his race. I hope that is not the case, because if he gets the Presidency I look forward to the Political cartoons. I believe that the problem that a lot of comics are having is that they can’t look past his color and just focus on him as a person. Hell, I can think of a lot of things to poke fun at, about the man, and I like the bastard. Don’t let his race stop you from being funny. Just don’t make his race an issue in the joke. It’s not that hard.
Next time get it right!
-One Man’s Opinion. Peace.