The New York Postran a cartoon in today’s issue that has some people really upset. The comic depicts President Obama as a dead chimpanzee. The picture is meant to draw a parallel between the chimp attack from earlier this week and the economic stimulus bill.
Reverend Al Sharpton, president of National Action Network, had this to say:
The cartoon in today’s New York Post is troubling at best, given the racist attacks throughout history that have made African-Americans synonymous with monkeys. One has to question whether the cartoonist is making a less than casual inference to this form of racism when, in the cartoon, the police say after shooting a chimpanzee, “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 whether the Post cartoonist was inferring that a monkey wrote it? Given that the New York Post cartoonist has come under heavy fire in the past for racially tinged cartoons including the infamous cartoons depicting 2001 mayoral candidate Freddy Ferrer and me in very unflattering ways (that ultimately was used as a campaign tactic to inflame racial prejudices), one cannot ignore that history when looking at this morning’s cartoon.
The Post should at least clarify what point they were trying to make in this cartoon, and reprimand their cartoonist for making inferences that are offensive and divisive at a time the nation struggles to come together to stabilize the economy if, in fact, this was yet another racially charged cartoon.
In general, a comparison between our African-American president and an assassinated primate? Probably not a good idea.
“I wish her nothing but the best and I hope she’s happy — whatever size that comes in.”
Nick Lachey weighs in — ha ha no pun intended — on the media frenzy surrounding his ex-wife Jessica Simpson’s weight gain.
Just to highlight exactly how big a deal this has become, our very own President made a comment on it during his Matt Lauer interview for the Super Bowl pre-game broadcast. The clip is below. Watch it now — it’ll be pulled soon.
The President and First Lady are at Oprah status right now. You do not want to piss them off.
Ty Inc., in the age-honored tradition of increasing sales via controversy, has introduced two homely little dolls named Sweet Sasha and Marvelous Malia. They have dark coloring and share the names of the first daughters, but according to Ty’s PR flack, they aren’t modeled after the Obama girls. Sigh.
Needless to say, the First Family is not amused. Press secretary Katie McCormick Lelyveld released a statement: “We feel it is inappropriate to use young, private citizens for marketing purposes.”
Sweet Sasha and Marvelous Malia join the family of TyGirlz that includes Lucky Lindsay, Happy Hillary, Precious Paris and Bubbly Britney. And no, that is not an attempt at humor. These abominations actually exist.
Most days I’m all like, “Yeah, beyotch. I’m 26 years old and I make a living as a writer” and I think that is pretty badass of me.
Then I go and read that the dude who wrote Obama’s inauguration speech is 27 years old. He’s supposedly the youngest White House speechwriter on record (I don’t think this is true — Ben Stein was younger when he worked for Nixon, right?), and he’s just written arguably the most important Presidential speech of our generation. Oh, and his name’s Jon Favreau (but not the one from Swingers).
I feel so un-accomplished.
At the very least, my parents could have named me Vince Vaughn.
Sorry I have been gone forevah-evah, but a big huge THANK YOU to Wendie for covering for me as I ran 13.1 miles in the Arizona Rock ‘N’ Roll half-marathon yesterday. I have made so many positive and healthy changes in my life the past year, and this was really the culmination of it, and I am so proud of myself for finishing. Honestly, you guys, if I can do this, anyone can. Deciding to do this half-marathon, and training for it, has really changed my life for the better. It has helped build my self-confidence and my physical and emotional strength, and I would recommend it to anyone looking to make a big change in the way their life works.
And is everyone psyched for the inauguration of President-elect Obama tomorrow? How freakin’ awesome is it that MLK Day immediately precedes it? The timing is just perfect. I’m so excited!
What are you guys doing tomorrow for inauguration night?
Does anyone know of anything going on in Scottsdale? I have no plans and I definitely want to be a part of some festivities!!!