Satirical Political Humor 101
by redstocking, Mon Jul 14, 2008 at 05:49:43 AM EDT
When people in Europe asked where I come from, I always say I am a New Yorker; I never say I am an American. I have read and loved the New Yorker every week since I was 15 (1960). I laughed at the cover, just as I laugh at most of their politically satirical covers and cartoons. This artist has done several excellent ones. Admittedly this is not one of his best.
What would be funny if it wasn't so offensively pathetic was the reaction of the Obama campaign and Obama supporters. Obama must read the New Yorker. He spent at least 7 years in New York City and Cambridge, which must have the highest proportion of New Yorker subscribers in the world. If Obama were truly the consummate pol the inside article claims he is, he would have laughed and thanked the artist for doing more to combat the absurd rumors about him than the campaign had managed in 18 months. Instead, the New Yorker cover is going to be today's major story, and the more outraged Obama supporters are, the sillier they seem.I devoutly pray every child and teen in America requests a New Yorker subscription for their birthday. Then no child would be left behind. If political cartoons are not offensive, they are no good. When I was in high school, a regular essay question on the New York regents given to all high school students depicted a politically satirical cartoon from some period of American history and ask the student to explain it. I loved those questions, but they were extremely challenging. They can use this one.David Remnick, the editor of the New Yorker, gave an interview to the Huffington Post. I urge you to read it.