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Libs to Thin Skinned for Obambi Political Cartoons

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Recoil Sissy, Feb 21, 2009.

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  1. Recoil Sissy

    Recoil Sissy Well-Known Member

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    The following AP article speaks for itself. Political cartoonists are walking on egg shells trying to create run of the mill cartoons.

    Apparently, its ok to sketch Obambi as an infallible messiah. Otherwise, liberal dems pitch a hissy fit.

    sissy

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    From the Associated Press

    Cartoonists treading lightly when drawing Obama
    By JESSE WASHINGTON – 13 hours ago

    Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz was in front of a classroom full of black and Latino kids, drawing presidents. He sketched Bush, then Clinton. Next came his favorite, the man he voted for: Obama.

    "Hey, those lips are big," Alcaraz heard a black girl say from the back of the room.

    Alcaraz was disturbed. "I try to bend over backwards not to make him look like a cartoon stereotype," and certainly not a racial stereotype, he said.

    Editorial cartoonists are bending over backwards a lot these days, as they try to satirize the nation's first black president. And when they don't, the result is the kind of outcry that erupted this week after a New York Post cartoon featured a bloody chimpanzee — intentionally or unintentionally evoking racist images of the past.

    The problem is, cartoonists make their living by making fun of people — especially presidents — and exaggerating their features and foibles.

    The best political cartoons are "like an X-ray machine," said Amelia Rauser, an art history professor at Franklin & Marshall College and author of "Caricature Unmasked," which examines the art form's historical role in political discourse.

    "You have to deform someone facially in order to make a larger point about their character," Rauser said. "But that deformity reveals their inner truth and makes them look more like themselves."

    The late Herblock often saddled Richard Nixon with an enormous cartoon nose. Liberals drew George W. Bush like a simpleton, or worse. There have been minor kerfluffles from the left about drawing Hillary Clinton as insufficiently feminine, and from the right about depicting Condoleezza Rice as servile to President Bush.

    Drawings of President Barack Obama, however, must contend with America's history of degrading racial imagery, from ape comparisons to enormous "Sambo" lips. (Caricatures of the president's admittedly large ears have so far escaped scrutiny.)

    Michael Cavna, who blogs about comics for The Washington Post, wrote that "an unnerving number of North America's political cartoonists are bizarrely obsessed with President Obama's lips." He followed with a detailed analysis of several cartoons where Obama's lips were large, some shade of blue, or both.

    On Wednesday, the New York Post published an editorial cartoon showing a chimp shot to death by police officers. "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill," the caption reads.

    Amid widespread black condemnation, the Post initially defended the panel by its longtime cartoonist Sean Delonas, saying it referred to a chimp that recently attacked its owner's friend and was killed by police. The newspaper apologized "to those who were offended" after 200 protesters picketed the Post offices on Thursday.

    During the presidential campaign, The New Yorker magazine was accused of racism for an infamous cartoon of Obama dressed as a Muslim, fist-bumping his wife, Michelle, who was toting a machine gun and sporting a black-power Afro. The magazine said it was satirizing right-wing smears of the Obamas.

    Scott Stantis, editorial cartoonist for The Birmingham (Ala.) News, said he received several complaints this week that his Obama drawings look "simian." As a conservative in a city that's 77 percent black, Stantis has learned to consider the feelings of his audience.

    "Being the typical American editorial cartoonist — doughy, white, middle-aged — I'm more than willing to accept that I don't know what may or may not be offensive," he said. "But editorial cartoons are supposed to be offensive, and provocative. We're entering new waters here. What can you use or not use?"

    "All my characters look simian," he said. "I don't make Obama look nearly as simian as our former Gov. Fob James, who I DID draw as a monkey, on more than one occasion. And he's a white guy ... I'm sorry, but when it comes to African-Americans, you just don't draw monkeys."

    Ted Rall, president of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists, said that Obama's race has affected how his colleagues do their jobs: "Without a doubt, people are stepping more gingerly. People are tiptoeing their way through this."

    Rall, who is liberal, said it's harder to take shots at Obama because he's smart, charming and handsome, "so when you attack the personality, people suspect there's only one reason: It's gotta be his race. My conservative cartoonist friends find it very frustrating."

    One of those conservative friends, Mike Lester of the Rome News Tribune in Georgia, said that when he was growing up, "if we didn't make fun of you, we didn't like you."

    Perhaps race relations would improve, Lester said, if black people lightened up a bit: "They're not too good (at being) made fun of. We can all take a joke."

    Lester said Rall told him before the election that an Obama presidency would be good for conservative cartoonists, but "it's been just the opposite. I find myself having to temper my comments. I'm tired of it. (Obama) wants my money, he wants me to pay for my neighbor's foreclosed house that he can't afford.

    "Race has nothing to do with it."

    That's what Delonas said about his cartoon in the Post. So as the nation's edgy fraternity of editorial cartoonists continues to unload on Obama, lines will inevitably be crossed again.

    "Being an editorial cartoonist is a high-wire act," Rall said. "If you're any good, you're taking lots of chances all the time. When you take chances, you fall and you screw up."
     
  2. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    So all you have to do to get whites in line is to make a lot of noise, stage a protest, and keep the victim whining going at full volume.

    The people of all races who built this great nation are spinning in their graves.

    We have to get a backbone and put an end to this garbage.

    When does White History Month begin?

    PTUI

    HM
     
  3. jakearoo

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    "The people of all races who built this Nation." Now what races would that be exactly? How many blacks, hispanics, orientals, native americans, or middle easterners were involved in forming the USA? I missed that chapter of history.
     
  4. crusha

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    A lot of modern liberals are, almost by definition, humorless, thin-skinned pusses...but we knew this, right?
     
  5. mixer

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    No more or less than any other group of people would be when you point out that their "Savior" is not wearing new clothes.


    Eric
     
  6. ljutic73

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    A political cartoon which ran in Canada yesterday showed Obama greeting Prime Minister Stephen Harper whilst the leader of the socialist/commie NDP was wrapped around Obama's legs like a groveling puppy....hope is really pi$$ed off the libs and commies!!
     
  7. Milkbone

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    Actually, jakeroo, all of those except for the turbaned ones had a part in forming this country- some more than others and none more than European-Americans.
     
  8. Bocephas

    Bocephas Well-Known Member

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    Jakeroo,I think in August of 1621 at Plymouth,the Indians and Pilgrams had a feast called Thanksgiving in large part due to the help of Squanto,an indian who taught the Pilgrams how to hunt,fish,grow corn and farm the land.
    This was the Wampanoag Indians.Native Americans.

    bocephas
     
  9. jakearoo

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    And those Native Americans who helped settle the Europeans at Plymouth and all got paid back how? They had a part in forming this country? They sat in on the Constitution and the forming and running of government? I realize we gave the ones we didn't kill casinos and oil wells. Worked out OK in the long run.
     
  10. bigdogtx

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    jakey,,,,go study some history so you can make some logical sense
     
  11. slide action

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    I suggest jakie boy read up on Black history as well as some other,if he doesn't think any group but anglos was involved in the history of this nation! As far as Obama, the liberal idiots and stupid liberal press are ga ga over Hussein Obama and he can do no wrong in their blind eyes, so It's just HORRIBLE to them if he is shown in any context except that of a messiah figure!!!!!
     
  12. Butterfingers

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    Jackaroo is like most libs. they think that which come out of dreams is truth.
    Please study History.
    In 1770, Crispus Attucks, a black man, became the first casualty of the American Revolution when he was shot and killed in what became known as the Boston Massacre.
     
  13. Trappy12

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    That monkey cartoon thing was absolutely ridiculous. The media made a big deal out of nothing and tried to pass it off as racial? It just didn't make sense. People need to realize that others are allowed to be anti-Obama and not be called racists. It definitely has gotten way out of hand here for sure.
    -Trappy
     
  14. straightshooter1

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    Wait a minute!

    Was that our Trappy, the youngest of our Village Idiots?

    Did he actually say something that made sense?

    Naaaaah! Must be someone who stole his user name.

    Bob
     
  15. b12

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    You wait till the next election if you think you are unsettled now. The corruption that went on durring the last election will make the next one look like Stalin running and will win with 90% on the votes.
    Where I went to vote in the last election the only thing that was at the polls was Obama signs and no other. We relected a jackass republican Gov. that did not campain for Mcain or Palin. I cannot figure out how if a Replublican Gov. won and a Dem. President won then that means most of the ballots had to be split. It just don't figure. The other thing is nobody wanted this dumass Gov. in office. The didn't figure he would make dog catcher. I don't know anybody that voted for Mitch Daniels. He sold the toll road to a forigen country, sold the lottery to private business, changed the time zones while all of this was being voted down. He said he was going to do it anyway and he did. Now he is trying to do away with Local gov. of small communities. It was voted down heavlly but he said he will reintroduce it again until it passed.

    People need to look at the coruption in the state of Indiana and look at the record of its politics. BAD, BAD, BAD. With everyones head stuck in the sand.
     
  16. JCS

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    reilly ,

    before you start re-inventing History , I suggest you study it yourself.

    The American Revolution lasted from 1775- 1783

    So if some black named Crispus Attuck (wtf?) got shot in Boston in 1770 his "place in History " probably should be as the first inner City mugging victim. And that's hardly the same as starting a Revolution. lol
     
  17. puablo

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    WowWee, WeeWow!!! Cartoonist's under attack!!! Don't know if I like this, with me bein' an aspirin' toonist of a sorts myself...

    I live in NY, and I buy the NY Post every day, main reason is I like the cartoonist, in mention, Delonas' style and cutting edge satire. Sure, he may go overboard sometimes, but it's mostly to make a valid point of view.

    Political cartoons, usually do just that...they take the absurd and poke fun at it. Course, some tooners carry it a bit too far. I don't take offense at this paricular cartoon because I don't think the artist is racist. I think he was making the point that you could have gotten any chimp, dem or publican to come up with a better idea for a bailout.

    My own personal guidelines that I try to use in my cartoons, is to point out a fact, and make it funny, but trying not to be personally degrading to the person.

    Hey, if things keep getting hotter for cartoonists, I may look into another line of work...maybe trap instruction...what, the hay, I've broken 25 straight a few times myself.

    Oh well, back to the drawing board, I hear voices coming up out of my indian ink bottle. Or is that just the clamor and attack on first ammendment rights that I hear.

    Keep on Treadin', puablo
    bowl.
     
  18. Milkbone

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    Good grief, black people have fought in every war in this nation's history. They also helped tame the west- ever heard of Buffalo soldiers? The claim that they make no contribution to this country is idiotic. Of course, no Kenyan has ever done anything useful.
     
  19. FN in MT

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    Hey! I just had a nice Kenyan share several Million dolalrs with me. I got the e mail yesterday!! Don't badmouth those Kenyans.
     
  20. bill1949

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    Damn, can't believe Trappy DOESN'T think everybody who opposes Obama is a racist! All the other libs call you a racist if you disagree with Obama on anything. Maybe he's finally maturing...Bill
     
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