New Yorker Magazine cover of Barack Obama cartoon by Barry Blitt, depicting Obama in traditional Muslim garb, and Obama’s wife as a terrorist, is causing controversy!
The New Yorker magazine says the cartoon is intended as a satirical comment about some of the distorted right-wing attacks on the Democratic senator.
An Obama campaign spokesman said the cartoon was “tasteless and offensive”.
A spokesman for John McCain, Obama’s Republican rival in the presidential election, also criticized the cartoon.
The Obama cartoon was drawn by Barry Blitt and featured on the front cover of this week’s New Yorker Magazine. The cartoon shows Barack Obama wearing a traditional muslim dress, and his wife, Michelle, dressed in combat pants and carrying a machine gun.
To add fuel to the fire, the cartoon depicts the couple as standing in the Oval Office, greeting one another with a “fist bump”, with an American flag burning in the fireplace, and a portrait of Osama Bin Laden on the wall.
The New Yorker magazine issued a statement saying the cartoon “combines a number of fantastical images about the Obamas and shows them for the obvious distortions they are.”
The New Yorker said the cover, called “The Politics of Fear”, was a critique of unfounded allegations that have tried to portray Mr Obama, a Christian, as a closet radical Muslim.
“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,” the statement said.
The portrayal of the Obamas “fist-bumping” one another was a reference to a campaign rally in St Paul, Minnesota, back in June, at which the couple were seen to “fist-bump”, an action described by one Fox News commentator as a “terrorist fist-jab”.
The New Yorker magazine said in addition to the Obama cartoon cover, that it also had “very serious” articles about Obama.
But Obama spokesman Bill Burton dismissed the cartoon, saying: “”The New Yorker may think… that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Senator Obama’s right-wing critics have tried to create, but most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree.”
So what do you guys think of New Yorker Magazine’s Obama cover? Funny or in bad taste?