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18th-Feb-2009 04:16 pm
This appeared in today's New York Post.

... wow.

I mean, seriously? I know the New York Post is the crappiest newspaper in print, but this is a new low.
18th-Feb-2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
Nothing would surprise me about that tabloid. Don't buy it, won't buy it, wouldn't even use it for a birdcage.
18th-Feb-2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
wow that's some not-so-closeted racism...
18th-Feb-2009 10:11 pm (UTC) - *gapes*
First Amendment's freedom of speech actually protects this kind of racist libel???

I HATE how powerless this stupid cartoon/comic makes me feel. I was never a New York Post reader before, but I can PROMISE to never be one ever after.

18th-Feb-2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
Oh boy this turd has been everywhere. My mouth actually dropped open and that never happens.
18th-Feb-2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
This also happened today

Nothing like vague ridiculous legislature to move this country forward in rough times..
19th-Feb-2009 01:39 am (UTC)
Horrible not just for the latent racism, but also for the suggestion of assassination. NY Post is at a new low.
19th-Feb-2009 01:44 am (UTC)

Did somebody roll time back to the 1960's while I was sleeping?

You know, I don't give a shit if that swimmer guy (I don't even remember his NAME) sucked on a bong or Janet Jackson showed her boob at the Superbowl, but THIS shit is offensive.

*mad enough to cry*

19th-Feb-2009 01:25 pm (UTC) - They're on a roll.
19th-Feb-2009 10:47 pm (UTC)

I didn't even realize until I got to the HuffPo that people were reading the comic as racist; as one of their articles (in an edit, posting comment from a reader) pointed out (although I can't find it now, of course), there's a much more straightforward analysis:

1. Assume (for the sake of argument) that the stimulus bill is capital-b Bad.
2. Therefore anyone who would draft such legislation must be stupid.
3. Oh man, they shot the chimpanzee? Who's going to write the next stimulus bill? Nobody smarter than a chimpanzee would be capable.

And this still seems to me like the more plausible interpretation: they're not calling Obama names, but rather taking potshots at the legislators responsible for the bill. The language of the comic supports this: "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill", it says, not someone else to sign it.

And, too, if the chimpanzee was meant to be a stand-in for Obama, there would probably have been obvious visual markers - even bigger ears, or an O button, or something to that effect.

I could be completely wrong here, and the cartoonist could be a bigger asshole than I'm assuming, but the most reasonable interpretation seems to me to be a joke that's not funny, based on retarded conservative objections to the stimulus bill, rather than naked, vicious racism.
20th-Feb-2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
Ah, here you go:

"This is more about the conservative worldview then racism. They really think that people hate the stimulus bill and view it as an abomination and a disaster. thus the cartoonist thinks people will get the joke that this thing must've been written by a crazed chimp. Get it? Of course not, because the vast majority of people view the stimulus bill as at least a mainstream idea, if not perfect. To most of us, the joke doesn't make sense, so we immediately assume the chimp is obama. I think this just shows that the cartoonist failed utterly because he's a biased wingnust and sucks at his job, not that he's racist."
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