Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Which Country Still Has Voters - And Candidates - Who Appreciate Satire? Are They Accepting New Residents?

Psst, Mr. Obama, have you not heard my comedy rule #1? "That's not funny" is never an acceptable response to humor.

So this magazine cover is tasteless and offensive? I think y'all are missing the point.



What's tasteless and offensive is Fox News calling a, frankly, tired new-age high-five a "terrorist fist jab." Offensive is linking "Obama" and "Osama" because they're only one letter apart. Offensive is the source material for this SATIRICAL cover art.

Satire.

sat·ire /ˈsætaɪər/ [sat-ahyuhr]
–noun
1. the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.

Get a grip kids.

That goes for you too, Michelle and Barack.

His spokesman, Bill Burton, said: "The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Senator Obama's right-wing critics have tried to create," Burton said. "But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree."
Ugh. I don't see it as tasteless and offensive, I see it as a satirical blasting of the crap that's been thrown at the campaign. And presume my stupidity as a voter that I can't interpret satire as such.

If there's one thing I hate, it's knee-jerk, wide-eyed, falsely innocent condemnation which acts solely to blow things out of proportion. It's "that's not funny" writ large.

The message, from both camps and from the MSM: Dear America, you're too stupid to get this. You shouldn't have been shown this. Some of you won't get it. Some of you will continue to be ignorant asses who think Obama was sworn in on a Koran because you're narrow-minded, sheep-like thugs for whom the best life has to offer is a cold Miller and maybe, someday, a trip to Epcot or maybe that new Olive Garden that opened next to the WallMart. Yes, let's bring in the worst of all American stereotypes.

We're nasty, brutish, short, and worst of all, humorless morons.

Someone gets it:

But Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and former New Yorker staffer, was baffled that much of the negative reaction to the cartoon was coming from Obama supporters on liberal blogs.

"They sound so elitist," Spiegelman told The Chronicle. "The essence of what they're saying is, 'I get it, but I don't trust the people in Kansas to get it.' But isn't that what the whole hope and change thing is supposed to be about? That they will get it."
In calling us idiots and denouncing the cartoon for what it doesn't do, Obama is playing right back into the number one Bad Thing For American Leaders To Be: Elitist.

Democrats: Getting in our own way since 2000.

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