Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Stupid Insensitivity for Fun and Profit

I was going to write an eloquent-yet-scathing opinion piece on the insulting cover of this month's New Yorker, but Anne beat me to it.

In lieu of my own op-ed, here's the form letter I received from said illustrious publication after I sent in an e-mail voicing my complaint:

"Our cover, 'The Politics of Fear,' combines a number of fantastical images about the Obamas and shows them for the obvious distortions they are. The burning flag, the nationalist-radical and Islamic outfits, the fist-bump, the portrait on the wall — all of them echo one attack or another. Satire is part of what we do, and it is meant to bring things out into the open, to hold up a mirror to prejudice, the hateful, and the absurd. And that's the spirit of this cover. In this same issue you will also see that there are two very serious articles on Barack Obama inside — Hendrik Hertzberg's Comment, and Ryan Lizza's 15,000-word reporting piece on the candidate's political education and rise in Chicago."

So basically, "It's not our fault if you don't have a sense of humor. Nyah nyah nyah."

Meanwhile, a bunch of idiot, fundamentalist NeoCons are looking at this cover and going, "We knew it!" and spreading the word. Good job, New Yorker. Way to bring the absurd out in the open.


Anne Johnson said...

Gag me on their form reply. Have you ever tried to read that magazine? Of course it's hard to hold a magazine while keeping your pinky fingers in the air.

Evn said...

Years ago, during a devastatingly ambitious phase, I submitted some poems to the New Yorker -- never heard back. Perhaps I could have enticed them with Argentinian merlot?

Lisa Adams said...

*laugh* Bribery might have worked, btw *wink* I actually started writing in my blog (go fig).

** Li **

Evn said...

Address to your blog, please? I can't read it if I can't find it. ;)

Lisa Adams said...

er right.. I'm such a dork..

Here ya go.