Can cartoonists go too far?


General Culture

Two good takes on the latest New Yorker cartoon (which, I’m sure, by now everybody has heard of): “So should we tread warily, lest we are misunderstood? Of course we should. Cartoonists are some of the most painstaking, careful, shy and sensitive people on earth, yet we do play with fire, toying with other people’s (and of course our own) most deeply held beliefs and most cherished illusions.” writes Steve Bell. And: “See, the Rude Pundit’s problem with the whole Barack-as-Muslim and Michelle-as-Black-Panther plus burning flag and bin Laden’s picture in the Oval Office isn’t that it’s particularly offensive. It’s that it’s just not very funny. It’s not even enough to make you go, ‘Hmmm.’ You glance at it once and think, ‘Yeah, some people think that, don’t they? That’s a shame.’ And there the whole joke ends. There’s no more levels to it. It’s like an Upper East Side version of South Park, an elitist attempt at crude humor, like an ironic fart at a wine tasting.” writes Lee Papa, aka “The Rude Pundit”.