Tuesday, February 24, 2009

To Chimp or not to Chimp?

Ok, let's start out with a few opinions:

1) I like President Obama, and I wish him the best of luck.
2) The New York Post is a worthless rag.
3) No way in hell should Sean Delonas or Rupert Murdoch have apologized for the infamous "Chimp Cartoon" of Febuary 18, 2009.

(New York Post/AP)

Ok, first of all, the cartoon isn't funny. It is also in extremely bad taste for making light of the maiming of Charla Nash and the necessary killing of the chimp in question, but that's besides the point.

It's not supposed to be Obama, people. It doesn't mean the police should assassinate Obama, it has nothing to do with Obama, other than he's a democrat and democrats wrote the stimulus bill. It's just implying that the proponenets of the stimulus bill, (and probably all democrats, knowing the Post's sentiments,) have the minds of monkeys.

Not true, cry the masses. Apparently, any images of simians are by default slurs against African Americans. Never mind that for eight years, liberal cartoonists regularly portrayed W. as a chimp - that's beside the point. This is the facet of political correctness called "sensitivity." Offense is in the mind of the beholder, and in our society, that perceived offense carries ten times the weight of the actual intent of the creator. Therefore, whether there is intent or not, it is the responsibility of the creators to ensure that they do not offend. Bullshit. I'm sure that many honestly do see racism here, but I can't help thinking that the organized "outrage" over this cartoon is a fear tactic in disguise: do not question the new president, or a political shit-storm might explode in your face. Whether you agree with me or not, you can bet your sweet bippy that every anti-Obama cartoon in the works is now being sifted through by an army of lawyers and watered down until it's toothless.

So, in the name of a free press, I feel it's very important that we establish which animal may be used to portray President Obama in the future. A fish? A cow? How about a butterfly? Keep in mind that the chimp here wasn't even meant to be Obama, (if anyone it would be Nancy Pelosi, who actually wrote the stimulus bill,) but that's besides the point. Any ideas?



Aravis said...

Other than the belief that it's a fear tactic, I have to agree with you.

Free press needs to remain free. I may not like (in fact, I may hate) something in print, but I have to respect a person's right to print it.

Note that I say I have to respect the person's right. That doesn't mean I have to respect the person, just the right.

Ian T. said...

I got this, but didn't find it funny. The major problem is that people often refer to "bills written by monkeys," but for a chimpanzee is not exactly a monkey to most people (particularly given all the press about our close relationship).

At any rate, monkeys (or chimps) could hardly have screwed up our economies better than our former governments and their economic advisors!