No Racism Here: Innocent Satire? Really?


Rupert Murdoch’s slime machine the New York Post ran a cartoon that has raised the cackles of every thinking human being, although conservatives tend to claim that there’s nothing racially inflammatory about it (a qualification that considering the words “thinking human being” is totally unnecessary).

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It combines the recent story about a Chimpanzee shooting with the origination of the stimulus package, which of course, Obama signed.

The Post denies any inference that the monkey in the cartoon is intended to represent Obama, the artist alleges he was satirically commenting only on the quality of the Stimulus Bill, via the chimp-killing incident.

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Despite the fact that monkeys/chimps/apes have long been used to demean African Americans, The Post and artist of the “cartoon” claim no such intent.

Conservatives note that during Bush’s two terms, many liberals compared him to a chimp and the “Curious George” monkey character, failing to mention the name “George,” which the two share or the fact that Bush being white would not draw a similar connotation.

What are your thoughts on this?

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8 Responses to No Racism Here: Innocent Satire? Really?

  1. sohumborn says:

    I can’t imagine anyone not seeing the clear implication that the monkey is our president.

  2. Paul Sonderman says:

    This particular cartoonist is known for his hateful POV. This isn’t an isolated incident.

  3. If only a distraught clown had gone berserk in Stamford, CT a few days ago, instead of the ape. Most people hate clowns, and there are no clown advocacy groups to my knowledge. . .

  4. Paul Sonderman says:

    I think that comparing clowns and a culture or class of people, asserting that “Most people hate clowns” and since there are no “clown advocacy groups…” it’s okay to kill them in public due if they fail to “perform well” is as egregious as this cartoonist linking a monkey to the recovery act, especially in light of historic stereotypes of blacks as monkeys, which gains added meaning since the man who signed the bill is half black.

    Just because you and others see no racial component doesn’t mean there is none. Sean Delonas is known for his use of stereotypes to skewer the characters he draws. I doubt that he’s an innocent. His business is insinuation, visual metaphor and some would submit, humor. When I was in college, we used to think that lighting farts was Hi-freaking-larious! In retrospect, it was pathetic.

    I asked readers for opinions and even though I disagree with yours, I do appreciate your visit and comments. I navigated your blog and while we disagree on much, it’s an interesting read. I’ll bookmark it and check back from time to time. Thanks again.

  5. Thanks for the comments, paul, keep reading, and I will do the same. Cheers!

  6. Amitabh says:

    Hi,
    Discovered you on Alphainventions.
    The cartoon is offensive. I do not believe that the cartoonist was trying to make an innocent comment. This cartoon stinks of racism. An example where freedom of press is taken too far.

  7. Paul Sonderman says:

    Thanks for your comments. Last night MSNBC reported that even Rupert Murdoch is pissed.

  8. Dishtank DJ says:

    I don’t believe the cartoonist didn’t mean for the chimp to be Obama. I think he knew this would get him lots of attention even if negative. I can’t see how this cartoon wasn’t being racist. I mean, really, how long has this guy been doing political cartoons? He can’t claim ignorance here.

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