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ObamaNation: Is The New Yorker‘s Cover Satire Or Racist?

The July 21st cover of The New Yorker depicts a cartoon of Barack Obama dressed in Muslim garb giving a fist-bump to his wife, Michelle, who is dressed as a Black Pantheresque renegade complete with an afro and an automatic strapped to her back. They are standing in the middle of the oval office where a photo of Osama Bin Laden hangs over the fireplace in which the American flag is burning.

The New Yorker explains in a news release about the issue: “On the cover of the July 21, 2008, issue of The New Yorker, in ‘The Politics of Fear,’ artist Barry Blitt satirizes the use of scare tactics and misinformation in the presidential election to derail Barack Obama’s campaign.”

That being said we still have to ask, has the Conde Nast publication–known for its satirical cartoons addressing political and social issues–gone too far in its attempt to make fun of the right-wing’s hyper-inflated stereotypes of the presidential hopeful and his wife, or is it feeding the political fires of racism and ignorance?

Obama’s response to the cover: “I have no response to that.”

2 thoughts on “ObamaNation: Is The New Yorker‘s Cover Satire Or Racist?

  1. The people who subscribe to “The New Yorker” immediately understand the artist’s statement. The problem is that the cover will be seen by millions of people who don’t understand satire and some that can barely read. It was egregiously irresponsible of “The New Yorker” to publish this cover without a clarifying statement WITHIN the image.

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