Sunday, July 13, 2008

Uh-oh...


Have you ever laughed at something, not because it was funny, but because it was so insanely over-the-top that you couldn't believe it actually existed?

That was my reaction to the cover of this week's New Yorker, which will probably be considered their equivalent of the "Smell the Glove" album cover:





The magazine claims that that the cover art "satirizes the use of scare tactics and misinformation in the Presidential election to derail Barack Obama’s campaign.” OK, I see where you're going - the cover is so over-the-top that it's obviously sarcasm. (And this is from the New Yorker, of all places. Your average New Yorker reader gets offended as often as Joe Pesci says the F-word.) However, Obama's campaign has already denounced it; so has McCain's.

Now, I am pro-satire and pro-free speech, so in my opinion they can do whatever they want. Editor David Remnick says that "if you can't tell it's a joke by the flag burning in the Oval Office, I don't know what more to say." Very true. But if the New Yorker can get away with this kind of satire, then the Imus folks (and anyone, really) should be allowed greater leeway with their own humor. Just saying.

Still, I would love to see the look on a Tribeca resident's face when they open the mailbox and see this...

11 comments:

channelXRFR said...

This is such an outrageous attack on the Obama's. The New Yorker should be shut down immediately with everyone associated with the publication banned from public view forever.

From the broadcasting beacon of freedom even MSNBC's Mika B has condemned the New Yorker cover as "dangerous."

Its time to end this insanity and finally outlaw satire since not everyone gets it. In fact why not end humor altogether.

laree said...

Oh I love New York!!!

laree said...

CG

The Obama Campaign being ran by Seseme Street. Cookie Monster "Me no get Satire" what a bunch of little girls. Yeah Obama that's just terrible, seen any of the stuff they put up about the current President? Better hold onto your panties.

Bruce said...

Frankly it's not too far from the truth. But with saying that the circulation of the New Yorker is not that large.

It is obviously Satire as you said. But a vote for Obama is a vote for the possibility of one of the weakest Governments in the free world. (My Opinion)

laree said...

Michelle Malkin points out what the Left has published per their lampooning of the Right. If you can't take the heat stay out of the kitchen! Who said that first, Hillary Clinton, who said, I don't do milk and cookies...which brings us back to the Cookie Monster.

http://michellemalkin.com/2008/07/14/grow-a-pair-obama/

Al said...

The New Yorker Cover - YET another outrage-ous opinion

ha!

Queenpat said...

So, now satire is outre as well? How WILL those Hoity Toity's get their monthly fix? Guess we'll have to hit on Radar magazine and some old issues of Mad to tide us through. ;)

I thought the cover was a spot on vision of those who belive those e-mails, rumors and what not about them. What it is also saying is that Obama is a target ripe for satire, just like ANY OTHER POLITICIAN!!!! At first he blew it off as he should have...later, after his handlers got a hold of him, O changed his mind and slammed the New Yorker. Had I been him, I would have put that cover up in his " rumormonger" website (or whatever it is called)and straightened each of the "rumors' it addressed.

Now, I am not only going to get a copy of the issue, but a subscription, because I appreciate satire as well as a good cover. :)

Al said...

I hope subscriptions to The New Yorker skyrocket!

I also hope you all heard the '70's radio clip of Imus, when he hosted the 'Monitor' radio show for the first time..WABC played it just before 7:30am....pretty funny.

CG said...

Oh no, I missed it! Darn! Hopefully they'll replay it again or I'll hear it somewhere on the Internet.

Was it from this program?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Monitor_%28NBC_Radio%29

Al said...

That link didn't work for me...

Monitor

CG said...

Great website! That's exactly what I was talking about. Don't worry about my link; it was just a wikipedia page, nothing big.