Sunday, July 13, 2008
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...