Obama HooHaa

So, what’s the big deal? Everybody over at AlterNet is getting all bent out of shape about the cover of the New Yorker, depicting the presidential candidate in a turban, fist-bumping his wife who has a machine gun slung over her shoulder, while the American flag burns in the fireplace. It’s brilliant, it’s humor, and surely it’s not hard to see that it’s meant to ridicule those who think narrow-mindedly about the Obamas.
Was it OK for Norman Lear to use Archie Bunker as a caricature of white racism? Sure. Did some people miss the point and see Archie as a working class hero? Yeah. But the point was to confront racial and ethnic stereotypes, and it worked. Surely we haven’t reached the stage where we can’t take the hatred and turn it back on itself this way? Come on! It’s the death of irony, and further proof that we are indeed surrounded by idiots … on both sides of the political spectrum.


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