From CBS News:
Barack Obama’s campaign is condemning as “tasteless and offensive” a New Yorker magazine cover that depicts Obama in a turban, fist-bumping his gun-slinging wife.
An American flag burns in their fireplace…
…the Obama campaign quickly condemned the rendering. Spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement: “The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Sen. Obama’s right-wing critics have tried to create. But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree.”
McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds quickly e-mailed: “We completely agree with the Obama campaign, it’s tasteless and offensive.”
Being a fan of satire like the Onion, the Daily Show, and the Colbert Report, I can see the comical nature of the image. I completely trust that the New Yorker’s intention with this cover was to poke fun at the characterizations many folks on the right have made about the Obamas. Particulary, I think the now infamous “terrorist jab” quip from Fox News’ E.D. Hill was the primary motivation behind the cartoon. I get that. So I’m not as pissed as most bloggers or black folks in general are.
Where I do wanna take the staff and slap them all is when they assume that everybody will automatically get the joke. In this political season, people have been — and are continuously — fed with the ubiquitous notions that Sen. Obama is a secret Muslim and that Michelle Obama is the female reincarnate of Bobby Seale. Rather than debunking those notions through their parody, its far more likely that this strip will merely add to the false postulations people already hold. As I’ve argued before, liberals are the worst people on the planet when it comes to effectively communicating a point. At the end of the day and despite the New Yorker’s best efforts, this comic strip will get added to the commonly-used media tactics designed solely to smear the Obamas and to keep people’s bigotry alive.