Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Cartoon Controversy Alert!

New York newspaper accused of racism over 'Barack Obama chimpanzee' cartoon - Telegraph

Yup, they're starting to use monkeys to represent the Obama administration. There were cartoons like that in Lincoln's day, except not so much in the North. The link (above) is the story from a UK perspective. Is it racist? I'd love to hear what you think.


Blogger Unknown said...

I don't understand the cartoon. What's the significance of the police shooting the monkey?

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Despicable, not funny nor poignant. What's the possible legitimate explanation for linking the chimp incident to the economy?

3:16 PM  
Blogger R M said...

Yesterday I was contemplating the idea of adding off-register color, Shepard Fairey-style, to a photo of a chimp as a reaction to recent "Chimps gone wild" incidents. On reflection I chose not to. Not because it would be racist, but because it would lend itself to a racist interpretation. The cartoonist may not be racist, but if he isn't he is distinctly lacking in common sense. The message that "the stimulus bill seems random, as if written by a monkey" isn't racist, but you'd have to be really stupid to think that this message is the only one to be drawn for the cartoon.

4:55 PM  

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