What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Goodness gracious, geez Louise. I realize that this form of “satire” is irresistible to some illustrators but it’s so amazingly over the top and unnecessary and so obvious that I wonder if they realize their version of “edgy” has simply become another form of propaganda? It’s as if the only way they know how to make fun of Baracknophobia is to openly endorse Baracknophobia. There are other ways to dramatize these points but it seems some choose the most crude and obvious every time.

The illustration will be running on the cover of July 21 New Yorker Magazine. Blogs Michelle Obama Watch and What About Our Daughters liken it to the “lynching” image of Michelle from Daily Kos earlier this year. The Obama campaign is also not happy.

Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton called it “tasteless and offensive” and, according to Jake Tapper at ABC, another high-profile Obama supporter called it “as offensive a caricature as any magazine could publish.” Huffington Post.

I’m too tired to be offended. I promise to be real mad tomorrow.

Hold up. I can’t even promise that. This is just going to keep happening until November so wake me up when something really out of pocket happens. Like CNN starts showing live in primetime blackface vaudeville acts of Barack and Michelle starring Tucker Carlson and Ann Coulter, narrated by Shush Hannitibaugh. Then I’ll get good and pissed off like.

13 thoughts on “What’s Wrong With This Picture?

  1. Does this mean that those voters who are ‘Deer Hunting with Jesus’ are made even more afraid? Joe Bageant aptly described a ‘bitter class’ of poor whites who continue to vote against their own best interests. I’m certain that this magazine cover, should they ever see it (doctor’s office?) that it would confirm why they should be sore afraid of black people period. POTUS? Heck no!Is there a discreet subliminal message in the cover art that deliberately kicks the ‘be afraid, be very afraid’ interior cranial synapsis that unleashes deathly fear of perceived Uppity Negroes?Is there an antidote for such unreasonable fear?

  2. 479 days till this nonsense stops… actually when he’s elected we’ll have to get used to used to this ish.

  3. I commented on AverageBro’s blog and I just said that this stuff was fair game–I think black folk fail to realize that we are fair game for some lampooning. As a result of us being lampooned in the past and having racism as the motive for the lampooning, we tend to cringe a lot more easily than others.We cringe when we see MadTv or SNL clips that lampoon “ghetto” or “ethnic” sounding names. Not saying to just get over it, but let’s take SOME, and I stress SOME, of this with a grain of salt. Clarence Page was quoted as saying that this was well within normal reasoning of “New Yorker” satirical lampooning.Now, the article you wrote way back about that fool of a immigrant with some Eastern European sounding name who did the Assasination of Barack Obama or whatever it was–well, that was outta pocket and needed and still needs to be shut down. Let’s consider the source for each of these: “New Yorker” versus someone who just got off the boat.Some black folk may have suffer from Issac Hayes Syndrome. He quit South Park because they came to an episode of lampooning his “religion” of Scientology (sorry, I couldn’t help but put the quotes, lol) after South Park had done a hillarious job of satirizing and lampooning EVERYONE else–I’m sorry, their episode on the Riches moving into South Park and Token is absolutely hillarious.Let’s just look at this critically.JLL

  4. How many racist stereotypes can you have of Michelle Obama..THE ANGRY BLACK WOMAN.1. The Angela Davis Afro2. The Fatigues3. The Requisite Black Panther Machine Gun4. The Sapphire ‘Hand on the Hip’5. The accentuated lips6. The Terrorist Fist BumpThere is a poster over at JJP who believes it’s all about Michelle. Michelle’s notthe washerwomanthe maidthe janitressor the MAMMYMichelle Obama doesn’t have ‘ WHITE BLOOD’ to make her ‘ acceptable’. Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is a BLACK WOMAN.A VISIBLY BLACK WOMANWho is highly educated, and unapologetically Black- it reeks from her. And some folks can’t take it. I questioned when the poster first wrote it, but now I’m beginning to seriously agree with it. This is all about Michelle, and MANY FOLKS unwillingness to accept her as the First Lady. She was right – MICHELLE was the focal point of this so-called cartoon.

  5. Obama better get used to it. It’s obvious this is a racially motivated and of course someone is going to say it’s fair game. I mean what does his race or the fist bump or even his wife have to do with anything. When is the last time you seen any presidential candidates wife on the cover of anything political.I am a pessimist so I really expect this type of stuff. I expect a lot more all couched in freedom of the press. Racism is now freedom of the press!

  6. I wasn’t even going to bother to comment, but the thing that compels me is seeing all of the illogical, racist comments about the cover on news sites, folks’ blogs, etc. [I’m talking about the actual comments following most of these articles and commentaries.] It baffles me that, as in-your-face and as blatantly satirical as this is, there will be those who still interpret it literally.I get the fact that it’s satire–and I totally get what they were trying to do. [Sad, but all the points on the cover show how wacky our logic is with regards to falling for the fear-tactics that have been shoved down our throats. e.g.–it still baffles me that there are folks who believe he’s Muslim. I mean, after the nationwide coverage of the flap at TrinityUM, what more do people want??? I guess they think he’s been practicing both Christianity and Islam at the same time for 20 years.] I get that this is fair game as it is The Silly Season… However, I think that if the media–TNY in this case–does these things, *everybody* should be fair game. I could think of several ways they could do the same with McCain…I’m already sick of hearing about it.

  7. I get that it’s satire. I’m just bored of it. It’s like seeing a kid with an lip piercing. Yeah, the first time it was jarring, but now … is that the best you can do? It’s already become a cliche. I guess I expect better subversive humor.I just know that if you push a lampoon of a stereotype far enough it does turn into an endorsement of that stereotype. Some will just see this as more propaganda while others will get that it’s satire. Sort of like Chappelle Show. God knows different people took that all sorts of different ways.But this race is heavily about symbolism. And the real fear of Barack is rooted in the same fear that has always reared its head when black reached for a historically white field of power. That fear of what would happen if you allowed a member of a historically discriminated and abused class to be in charge. Would they seek revenge? As Jon Stewart once joked, is that fear that Obama is going to immediately enslave all white people the moment he takes office. We realize how moronic that sounds, but there is a clannish attitude that exists that black people can only care about their own. That were are historic “enemies” with whites forever locked in a power-play competition of minority-majority politics.It’s hard to rewrite old script.

  8. Sorry, thought it was the funniest thing to watch The View” this morning and hear Miz Liz talk about how Obama’s a flip-flopper as if it somehow justified him being lampooned by the cover of the New Yorker.I mean, Miz Liz is the epitome of someone who suffers from WWS (aka White Woman Syndrome) and just general and wanton ignorance.

  9. Many educated people will see this as it is. Satire has a place in our national dialogue, however when using satire you should be sure you know the audience. I think that the satirists missed a very important point that most of the people who would label Obama as a Muslim extremist and Bin Laden supporting flag burner wouldn’t understand the satire contained within. Thus the satire loses it’s meaning much like Archie Bunker amongst many racists who didn’t know they were being lampooned. This is the same world where Steven Colbert was invited to speak at a Bush event. They didn’t understand that he was satirizing them in an obvious way.New Yorker should know this or perhaps they knew that this cover would have them all over the news thereby increasing their visibility.If that’s the case then they were spot on. And all of this at the expense of a bunch of citizens who have little power anyway.

  10. It’s not satire. It’s not funny. I am really sick of this crap! It was definitely an attack. See I have always lovingly referred to Barack’s potential win as Michelle’s installation as First Lady and have been looking forward to that a little more so I agree it is targeting Michelle specifically. Barack was thrown in just for good measure. I emailed the artist who of course sees nothing wrong with his depiction. No one is that naive. That mentality is innate – after all he knew just what to focus on. And if the idiots, er editors were hoping for a little controversy to push sales they have to contend with a tarnished brand that will certainly be more damaging in the long run. Sometimes people can’t see the forest for the trees.

  11. Hi there my sista!!Thanks for calling attention to this!I have been seeing this image all over the blogosphere very recently and it is OUTRAGEOUSLY racist and offensive…So if this publication wants to do a feature on sexism…it’s okay to show Michelle Obama squatting on all fours with a dog chain around her neck? What more does it take before we start FLOODING these publications with complaints?If we DO NOTHING then we can expect more of the same.If we don’t like this action then we must TAKE ACTION.It’s that simple.Phone number:800-825-2510(This is the number for the Subscriptions Department but people can ask to be connected to David Miller.)Or they can write a letter:David MillerAssociate PublisherThe New Yorker4 Times SquareNew York, NY 10036david_miller@newyorker.comshouts@newyorker.comfax: 212-286-5024Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!Lisa

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