Satire or How People Need to Learn to Take a Fucking Joke

“If you’re going to get into social criticism with absurdity and satire, you can’t be politically correct when you do that.” -John Cusack

As everyone knows (or at least those of us glued to NPR and every political blog known to mankind), the New Yorker ran a somewhat (heh) controversial cover:

At first, I was offended. I thought it simply stood to reenforce the perception the Obama is a radical Muslim and that considering how stupid people are, we didn’t need that.

Then I started reading different people’s takes on the subject and realized my rational for being offended made me sound just as stupid as these fucking people:

From the Washington Post Letters to the Editor:

“Yes, I understand the satire, Mr. Condescending Editor of the New Yorker. Perhaps you could make an effort to exercise some discretion when selecting cover art for your magazine. Or does the cover of your next issue depict John McCain as an antiwar illegal alien?”

Actually I think that would be a pretty funny cover. Go for it.

Or this chick: (who I want to stab in the face for continuing to perpetuate the stereotype of an angry, humorless, feminazi.)

“The New Yorker cover depicting Barack Obama as a Muslim and his wife as some kind of armed black separatist was about as sophisticated a piece of satire as a penis drawn on a desk.”

She goes on to be very, very, very proud of herself that she can make a penis joke, saying:

“It is, on every level, one-dimensional. It’s a dick on a desk.”

Yay! I can say dick on the internets! I’m so funny! I’m so edgy!

Christ, move to Williamsburg and wear tight black jeans and a Ramones tee shirt already.

Look people, it’s a fucking cartoon. I didn’t find it OMGWTFROLF funny, but it’s a cartoon. Get the fuck over it.

It’s depressing when the most articulate piece I’ve read about this (aside from my own, of course) comes from a junior journalism major at fucking Appalachian State University:

“Both campaigns, especially Obama’s, need to learn to embrace a solid joke when one is made. Otherwise, it’s going to be a brutal election season for them all.”

Also, I don’t know if this guy was being sarcastic or not, but I think he’s pretty spot on.

From the Washington Post Letters to the Editor:

“The New Yorker’s cartoon is very positive and says quite a lot about the United States. First, it’s notable that Barack and Michelle Obama are standing in the Oval Office — quite an accomplishment! Not only do we have the first African American “first family” congratulating each other with a fist bump, but we have a black president who is perceived to be a Muslim at that, and what a testament to how far America has come that an African American Muslim could be elected president.

Then there is Osama bin Laden above the fireplace. What we cannot see is the rest of the rogues gallery — Mr. Obama’s list of the world’s 10 most-wanted evildoers. The American flag burning in the fireplace is the correct way to destroy a flag that has been soiled by the Republican administration. And finally, you have the first lady, shown in the cartoon appearing in radiant Black Panther glory, ready to take on the world in support of her husband. Only in America, folks, only in America.”

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