Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The New Yorker's controversial Obama cover: Pure Satire or Purely Tasteless?

Via Pam's House Blend
Keith Tucker's answer to The New Yorker magazine's Obama cover:

Obama campaign furious over magazine cover depicting him as a Muslim terrorist

Adam Higgins writes:
Blame sagging magazine sales and a crowded marketplace, some analysts suspect, but the current New Yorker magazine cover likening Barack Obama to a turban-wearing terrorist while he fist-bumps his gun toting wife is getting raked over the coals by Obama supporters. The Obama campaign has called the caricature "tasteless and offensive," but the artist is standing by his work. Barry Blitt, who’s behind the controversial cover, says it’s pure satire.

Obama’s camp elaborated: "The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Senator Obama's right-wing critics have tried to create," spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement. "But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree."