The Politics of Fear – Obama as Osama

Posted: July 15, 2008 in creativity, society
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This piece of political satire, appearing on this week’s front cover of The New Yorker, created quite a bit of stir in the empire’s political and media landscapes. I actually find it quite funny plus very appropriate as a symbol of the ‘politics of fear’ that is behind so many political agendas in the US, including Obama’s own ones of course. He’s both a victim as well as a perpetrator; this carricature therefore was well chosen! 🙂

  1. Holy Prepuce says:

    The reaction to the New Yorker cover has been absurd.

    If there is still someone out there who a) has never heard the rumor that the Obamas are America-hating Black separatist Muslim terrorists, but b) would believe as much if he heard it–is it really very likely that the cover of The New Yorker will provide his first exposure to those ideas?

    The idea that it is racist is nonsense: the Afro and fist-bump are not generalized racial caricatures, but rather direct allusions to specific accusations leveled at the Obamas. The right’s coöption of each concept is fair game for satire, and it’s not clear how artist Barry Blitt could have depicted them in a non-racially specific way.

    I have much more to say on these subjects here.

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