Monday, July 14, 2008
What does everyone think about the cover of the new issue of The New Yorker? If you can't tell, it's a cartoon of Barack and Michelle Obama depicted as terrorists. People are in an uproar over it, but The New Yorker maintains that this is just a satire. Editor David Remnick's response was:
"Our cover ... combines a number of fantastical images about the Obamas and shows them for the obvious distortions they are. The burning flag, the nationalist-radical and Islamic outfits, the fist-bump, the portrait on the wall - all of them echo one attack or another. Satire is part of what we do, and it is meant to bring things out into the open, to hold up a mirror to the absurd. And that's the spirit of this cover."
I understand that this is a satire, and it's pretty accurate considering how many ignorant people have decided to not vote for Obama solely because they think he is a Muslim and because his name sounds like "Osama." On the other hand, I also understand why people are offended.
Still though, I don't find this image to be nearly as offensive as all the bullshit that Fox News and other right-wing commentators have slung at the candidate and his wife during this entire election. Maybe a shocking image like this is what we needed to help stop the incessant slander.