Monday, July 14, 2008

Barack the Boat

The New Yorker has quite a provocative image on its cover this month:



OK, let's see here: Obama in the Oval Office, good. Dressed in traditional Muslim attire, interesting. His wife with an Afro and a machine gun slung over her back, hmm. An American flag burning in the fireplace and a picture of Osama bin Laden hanging on the wall...oh I get it, Obama, Osama! For info on what the reaction has been, go here.

I think it's great satire, but actually know someone who doesn't believe Obama is a Christian and thinks his election will lead to much turmoil, yeah right, like things are so peachy right now. I don't use this word very often, but Yeesh!

7 comments:

Myles Griffin said...
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Rocketstar said...

I understand the frredom of the press, but the danger here is that PEOPLE will nto understand the sattire, they will just see the cover and believe the mis-information.

The web has made this kind of stuff dangerous. I used to work with a guy who believed Osama is a Muslim for real. This doesn't help.

Thomas said...

I agree with what you're saying, Rocket. The New Yorker magazine is really only read by people of sophisticated taste who would understand the point the illustration is making.

But with it now splashed all over the internet, many of the "lesser informed" will continue to believe the stereotypes. Such is the quandary faced by a society with free speech rights.

Mags said...

I'm with Rocket-there are actually a ton of people who really believe that Osama is a Muslim...people don't get sattire. They're just too PC sometimes.

Thomas said...

Hello, Mags. Yes, about 10 to 12 percent of people think he is Muslim, but the funny thing is, so what if he were? There's nothing inherently wrong with being a Muslim. It was fundamentalist Muslims that took down the towers, but their views are not shared by the majority of those who read the Koran. Minnesota actually elected a professed Muslim to the House of Representatives the year before last.

houstonmacbro said...

I really got a kick out of the cover. I thought it was funny and people should really lighten up. I mean, after this cover, what's the worse the right could throw.

Thomas said...

Agree with you on all counts, Houston.