July 14, 2008

Obama Hates Satire

From BBC NEWS | Americas: Obama team decry satirical image
Barack Obama's team has decried The New Yorker magazine for a cartoon cover depicting him in traditional Muslim garb and his wife as a terrorist. . . .

The image, drawn by Barry Blitt and featured on the front cover of this week's New Yorker, shows Mr Obama wearing traditional Muslim dress, while his wife, Michelle, is dressed in combat trousers and carrying a machine-gun.

The couple are shown standing in the Oval Office, greeting one another with a "fist bump", with an American flag burning in the fireplace, and a portrait of Osama Bin Laden on the wall.
Yes, clearly meant to be taken seriously, then.

Okay, I can understand how Obama's press team probably cringe at anything depicting him as a Muslim/terrorist, because I'm sure they see that as one of the biggest image problems they need to combat.

What I can't understand is why they're worried about the freaking New Yorker. I mean, talk about a slam-dunk, 100% absolutely definitely going-to-vote-for-Obama-regardless-of-anything demographic. In fact, probably the only thing you can do to get New Yorker readers not to vote Democrat is to slam New Yorker satire. Oops.

And anyway, do we really think that anybody who sees this and takes it at face value isn't already a frothing-at-the-mouth right-wing nutbag who wouldn't vote for Obama even if the other guy were in the midst of eating a baby?

Pick your battles, people. Pick your battles.

1 comment:

Malloy said...

The only reason that this Mr. & Mrs. Obama satire DOES have impact — and may very likely spread — is because like all good satire, or good humor for that matter, there’s more than a germ of truth in it. Otherwise, the satire would utterly roll off the Obamoids’ backs, having no impact.

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