This world done changed so much since I…
been away at the family reunion. I went to ALL HIP HOP.com and FINALLY saw the dreaded NEW YORKER cover. Here it is! ITS APPALLING!!! Ca you believe this mess? My blood is boiling, however, I will attempt to intelligently address exactly WHY this COVER is so wrong.
First off, its a COVER. This is NOT one of the political cartoons featured in an “opinons” section of a local publication. Its not even one of the satirical illustrations often printed in THE NEW YORKER. This is THE COVER of a NATIONAL magazine.
Secondly, Obama has already established that HE IS NOT MUSLIM. He has affrimed his Christian faith. So what, his Daddy was born in a Muslim nation. Obama’s reliegion is totally irrelevant…the point is that he’s already addressed the issue. Shame on the New Yorker for creating propoganda, in the name of humor, that brings the issue back to the forefront when we obviously need to be focused on REAL issues with the election just fifteen or so weeks away.
Third, where do they get off turning Michelle into a caricature of 1960-esque “black power” militantcy. She is an academic, a scholar, a mother, and AMERICAN. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t find anything wrong with militancy…however, I resent this representation of Mrs. Obama as such. AND If I remember correctly, it is the CURRENT administration as well as one Mr. John McCain who seem to be gun crazy (i.e. IRAQ war).
Fourth, the burning of the American Flag…that’s just too much. The New Yorker is arguing that the entire debauchal was meant to be SATIRE…but its only satire if READERS think its satire and they/we don’t.
Fifth, and lastly, call it what you will, but I am AWAKE enough to recognize the attempt at associating OBAMA with OSAMA in the subconcious of the American people. Thus the mantle painting of the U.S.’s illusive (or perhaps imaginary) enemy.
The thing is, THIS image…is exactly what so many older, more-conservative and even down right RACIST Americans are afraid of. On one hand, I do understand how presenting it for dialogue and dissection may remove some of the enigma…some of the taboo. But it IS NOT funny. Not to me. Not yet.
The New Yorker should be ashamed of themselves. For this reason I HAVE NOT included a link to the magazine in this post. What’s completely ironic (or complete intentional is that THIS in the same month that Italian Vogue puts out issue featuring all BLACK models. I recently found out that appearantly, July and August are slow months in the magazine business. I guess the only way to sell copy is to slap some black faces on ’em.
Sick and Disgusted
Perhaps I’ll come back in a few minutes a post on Erykah Badu and all the rumors surrounding her alleged pregnancy with HER MAN Jay Electronica’s baby. Erykah says she’s PREGNANT WITH INSULTS.
This thing has been all over Media Takeout and All Hip Hop.com. I even saw it on Facebook. On second thought…maybe I WON’T come back to post about it. Maybe you can just click links and read about it for yourself.