That’s my question. With so many eyes looking over content before it goes to press, no one thought through the implications? I’m willing to give the cartoonist the benefit of the doubt, but the job of an editor is to not let things like this happen… Irresponsible.
What do we make of this cartoon?
Al Sharpton says it’s horribly racist. The New York Post seems to think it was okay. This time, I generally agree with Jeff Miller, who writes,
If this New York Post cartoon was intended to compare Obama to a monkey … if the slightest thought of racial malice crossed the mind of the cartoonist … then this is awful, deplorable, even unforgivable. But does anyone really think the cartoonist meant this?
I don’t know what the cartoonist could have been thinking. Sure, the NY Post recently reported on a chimpanzee that was shot by police, though the details of the story don’t match the cartoon. Which raises the question of what the cartoonist was thinking? There are a handful of common narratives that should have tipped the somebody off that this cartoon could be a problem.
- White policemen repeatedly shooting an unarmed black man
- The black man as a primate
- Obama as a chimpanzee
- Obama as the primary proponent of the stimulus bill
- Transformative leaders being assasinated
Are putting these stories together a stretch? Maybe—but it’s less of a stretch than connecting a random chimpanzee attack in Connecticut with the stimulus bill. Is it particularly insightful or funny? No. At best, it’s a crappy political cartoon. At worst? Connecting Obama with a monkey is a problem—but connecting him with a monkey that has just been shot repeatedly by white police officers is all kinds of disgusting. Did nobody at the New York Post think this might be a problem?
The March 2009 issue of GQ will feature the magazine’s picks for their “10 Most Stylish Men in America”. This years list includes a batch of well known musical personalities: Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, T.I., and Mark Ronson as well as actor/musician Jason Schwartzman and hotelier André Balazs, amongst others. You can see the whole article here.
I don’t know who those douchebags on the left are, but look at T.I. Just look at himmmmm. (via Hypebeast)