Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Following Image Picture Offends Democrats and Overstimulates Republicans! View with Caution!

38 comments:

Ken Shultz said...

Remember that drawing where if you look at it one way, it's an old woman staring back at you, but if you look at it another way, it's a young woman in a hat walking away?

This photo's kinda like that. You can see a joker in it if that's what you're lookin' for, or you can see a minstrel...

Thing is, in that drawing of the old woman/young woman, the artist intended both effects. Something like that doesn't happen obliviously and by accident. To get that affect, I think you have to do it on purpose.

And there's the rub.

Pro Libertate said...

Crap. Is this supposed to be racist, too? In some ways, I miss Bush. I could insult him all day without objection.

highnumber said...

The first place I saw this was someone using it as their profile pic. It did not have the "socialist" tag. I did not realize it was Obama. So, I say that if you take that photo with no context except Heath Ledger's appearance in the movie, there is no racist subtext. Beyond that I cannot comment, because this is the first time I saw it in context and it was accompanied by the mention of a racist subtext.

Pro Libertate said...

Heath Ledger was black?

Naga Sadow said...

Don't tell me you're one of those PC types who don't "see color", Pro Lib.

Pro Libertate said...

Man, and I thought he was like extra white. I must be working too hard.

Ken Shultz said...

By the way, I also think it's sexist.

Naga Sadow said...

Pro Lib,

Oh really? Well here's a test . . . what color was Michael Jackson?

Pro Libertate said...

White woman? Maybe Belgian?

the innominate one said...

The image is overwrought, as is the reaction to the image.

As usual.

Saw a white guy today walking along the road wearing a black shirt with a white hand on it. White text outside the hand said "If you can read this"
Black text in the white hand said "hi hater".

weird.

joe said...

I didn't get a racial implication at all.

All I noticed is that the Republicans are now reduced to the equivalent of drawing little mustaches on pictures of Obama.

Pro Lib, if you see a picture in which someone Photoshopped a dude making bunny ears with his two finders behind Obama's head during a photoshoot, make sure you make a blog post out of it.

We've come to rely on you for things like that.

the innominate one said...

pathetic commentary, joe

I'm disappointed.

I guess we've come to rely on you for things like that, though.

You used to be better than that.

Ken Shultz said...

If it were a white guy in black face, that would still be a problem, though, right?

Anyway, I don't think he should have posed for the photo. Makes me want to question his judgement on other things too.

joe said...

I haven't the foggiest idea what you're upset about, innominate. You seem rather overwrought yourself.

Ken,

Yes, white-guy-in-blackface has an unfortunate history. Black-guy-in-whiteface, not really.

the innominate one said...

like I said, pathetic, joe

Art-P.O.G. said...

I am completely confused, but will pretend that I'm not.

Pro Libertate said...

I should've made more fun of Bush during his presidency, it's true.

Pro Libertate said...

In any case, I just thought it was interesting that this image was causing so much of a kerfuffle. Public figures--especially politicians--get unfairly mutilated like this all the time. Bush certainly did. I don't think Obama is insane, a clown, or the nemesis of the Batman.

Ken Shultz said...

"I don't think Obama is insane, a clown, or the nemesis of the Batman."

And I say two out of three ain't bad!

joe said...

Like I said, I haven't the foggiest idea what's got the bee up your butt.

joe said...

Am I not supposed to say that making this picture a blog post is lame because it is so politically trenchant and significant?

Or because it is so clever and visually impressive?

highnumber said...

joe,
I was just thinking about you yesterday! (I think the H&R people have been taking swings at ChicagoTom like they used to do to you.) How have you been?

Pro Libertate said...

joe,

If it makes you feel any better, this is only on the blog and is not in the print edition of Urkobold Magazine (known in the trade as U).

Solanum said...

Someone's spoofing joe, right? Even the real joe's partisan hackiness doesn't rise to that level of stupid.

joe said...

All's well, highnumber.

You know, Solanum, the fact that a Barack Obama joke isn't funny doesn't make me a hack.

joe said...

You want a funny Barack Obama joke?

Did you hear Obama met with the Pope when he went to Europe?

It's tough to line up a meeting with God's representative on Earth, but the Pope kept at it, and Obama ended up pencilling him in.

See how that works? There's actually something going on beyond "I don't like Obama" in that joke. We hacks call it "humor."

Pro Libertate said...

You know, this image is growing on me. It's got a weird Warhol-like iconic feel to it. He keeps looking at me, telling me to do something, but I can't quite tell what.

Ken Shultz said...

"He keeps looking at me, telling me to do something, but I can't quite tell what."

He's telling you to submit his picture to ratemycorpsepaint.com

Pro Libertate said...

There's a web site for everything, isn't there?

Solanum said...

No joe, getting your panties in a knot because PL merely posted the pic makes you a hack. A pic that's being discussed pretty much, you know, everywhere at the moment. And that you would even object to this rather innocuous post is frankly bizarre, but hey, whatever gets you through the day.

joe said...

Must...not...find...posts...lacking.

Got it. Everything is awesome. I'll practice new ways of agreeing, in hopes of someday not being a hack.

Pro Libertate said...

Well, I agree, all my posts are works of profound genius. A century from now, they'll be treating me like Shakespeare, making movies, writing books analyzing everything, and so on.

highnumber said...

ProGLib,
You know what they'll say...that you never really existed, that the mysterious Mr Steven Crane really wrote all of your posts.

Pro Libertate said...

That's right, highnumber, and I intend to leave documents than imply my nonexistence.

highnumber said...

It's starting to make sense. I have met Mr Steven Crane. I have never met you.

Pro Libertate said...

Exactly. And, thus, you ensure your fame. There will be books written about highnumber's testimony. Of course, those who believe in the existence of the Bard of Tampa will doubt your existence as well, but better doubted than forgotten.

highnumber said...

I'm already full of self-doubt. I will appreciate others sharing my load.

Pro Libertate said...

You should try solipsism. It gives you perspective.