Why are you people so sensitive? Do you intentionally try to link anything that may be remotely offensive to President Obama? Better yet, do you think anyone out there is going to imply in a cartoon that the President should be shot? Seriously??? If anyone should be offended, it’s those PETA wackos.
The Post should apologize, this is so blatantly racist
We are not at all living in a “post-racial” America, and just because we have a black president doesn’t mean that people don’t hate him for being black. People still suck incredibly hard, I guess is what I’m saying. A post-racial America would include not just whites and blacks, but gays and Muslims, too. And more, obvs.
The cartoon is more offensive because of its utter dearth of any funny quality than of any racial undertone. This is the problem with bad comedy. Had the cartoonist been able to work up a better joke tying monkeys to the authorship of the stimulus bill, it’s likely that fewer would have seen it as racist. That said, the one thing Obama has done so far is this stimulus package. I don’t see any way of disassociating him from the bill; even if he didn’t actually write it himself people see it as his thing. So while probably not intentionally racist, the cartoon is racially insensitive, so I can easily forgive people for being offended. Id say the best way to tell if it’s racist is to ask a racist if he thinks it’s funny. Because it’s pretty clear no one else does.
Hey Amanda, your post is really offensive and I just wanted to point out a few ways in which this cartoon is not literally a picture of Obama turning into a chimp and being shot, and thus isn’t racist: 1. Obama has Secret Service protection pretty much 24/7, so it’s unlikely that police men would be able to get that close to him and shoot him 2. Obama is pretty tall, and that chimp is pretty short. You’d imagine that if Obama were a chimp, he’d be taller. 3. It would take either an infinite number of chimps, or an infinite amount of time for a chimp to write a coherent new stimulus bill. So it’s pretty unlikely that this one chimp was the author of the bill.
I don’t even live in the USA and even I can interpret that. There has been a recent chimp attack in the news the police had to shoot it down. The cartoonist is unfunnily pretending the chimp wrote the stimulus bill, implying it’s bad, like in the joke “how long does it take a monkey to write… etc”. How in hell have you been able to think the chimp was representing Obama…
Al Sharpton weighs in: “The cartoon in today’s New York Post is troubling at best given the historic racist attacks of African-Americans as being synonymous with monkeys. One has to question whether the cartoonist is making a less than casual reference to this when in the cartoon they have police saying after shooting a chimpanzee that “Now they will have to find someone else to write the stimulus bill.” “Being that the stimulus bill has been the first legislative victory of President Barack Obama (the first African American president) and has become synonymous with him it is not a reach to wonder are they inferring that a monkey wrote the last bill?”