Well, at least according to the idiotors at the New York Post. By now we’ve all been thoroughly immersed in the controversy surrounding the idiotorial cartoon printed this week by Rupert Murdoch’s right-wing rag.
Of course, once again you’d have to have been living under a rock for the past, oh, 100 years, not to know that A) black people have been compared ufavorably to monkeys in the past, B) President Obama is the author of the stimulus bill (I know, not the only one, but the image is clear), C) Barack Obama is black, and D) this is racist trash.
But, in typical right-wing racist style, the idiotorial staff of the New York Post defended the cartoon with an even more insane statement:
“The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event, to wit the shooting of a violent chimpanzee in Connecticut. It broadly mocks Washington’s efforts to revive the economy. Again, Al Sharpton reveals himself as nothing more than a publicity opportunist.”
Ah, blaming the victim. That’s never been done before, either. This cartoon is not “broadly mocking”, it is specific and targeted. The subtleties of the cartoon must have been lost on my feeble imagination. Either that, or the nutburgers at the New York Post must think we’re as stupid as they are. Or that we’ve been living under the same rock as they have.
The controversy may not have fallen upon entirely deaf ears, however. In a statement yesterday, the New York Post apologized for the cartoon. Sort of. Here it is:
Wednesday’s Page Six cartoon – caricaturing Monday’s police shooting of a chimpanzee in Connecticut – has created considerable controversy.
It shows two police officers standing over the chimp’s body: “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill,” one officer says.
It was meant to mock an ineptly written federal stimulus bill.
But it has been taken as something else – as a depiction of President Obama, as a thinly veiled expression of racism.
This most certainly was not its intent; to those who were offended by the image, we apologize.
However, there are some in the media and in public life who have had differences with The Post in the past – and they see the incident as an opportunity for payback.
To them, no apology is due.
Sometimes a cartoon is just a cartoon – even as the opportunists seek to make it something else.
A cartoon may sometimes be “just a cartoon”, but racism is always racism. Once again, Rupert Murdoch’s right-wing trash recycling machine has shown its true colors, and they’re not pretty. The fact is, the people offended by the cartoon saw it for what it was – a vile piece of racist trash. It’s the editorial staff of the New York Post that are out of touch with reality.
One wonders whether they’d see it differently if a similar cartoon had been run by, say, the New York Times about, say, RNC Chairman Michael “Token” Steele? Would they see the racism inherent in it then? Or would they, for the sake of consistency, claim it was “broadly mocking”?
Somehow, I doubt it.