Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Anybody missed the Obama New Yorker cover controversy? Nope? Me neither. I the cover is a little... hmm... off color, but then again I also feel like some of the outrage seems outlandish. Is stuff like this going to deepen and extend the outrage into new territory, or is it just same shoe different foot?

Thoughts? An interesting question, to me, is something this cartoon really highlights, which isn't so much the content of the cartoon of the Obamas, but the fact that it ran on the cover of the New Yorker. I can't IMAGINE the National Review running a cover like the McCain one above. Maybe that just reflects how little I know about the New Yorker, but still... feel free to chime in.

h/t Americablog


Stamford Talk said...

I understand that it's supposed to be making fun of the people who have this image of the Obamas, but I don't think the image itself communicates that. All it looks like is a rude caricature of both of them. We all already know that 10% of the country thinks Obama is a Muslim, so there's really nothing new about this cover. Showing Michelle Obama with an Afro and a gun, well, that's new, I suppose- I had forgotten about the stereotype of the radical black woman, which I guess the NYer is bringing up because of the bad impression she made with her statement about "being proud of America for the first time in my life." But... what's the joke? I knew about all of this months ago because the news covered it endlessly.

I think it's in bad taste... but then again, one reason I was excited to have Obama run is so that discussions about race would come up because I think that's still a sore spot in this country.

John said...

Yeah, I do agree that if a punch line was intended, I'm not entirely sure what it was.

Ha ha! People are afraid of Barack Obama for really stupid reasons built off fiction! Wha??????

Corinne said...

here's a revised version of the cover which i just came across today: