So, this week’s New Yorker features a satirical illustration by Barry Blitt on its cover and as you can see, it’s a pretty controversial drawing. The picture depicts Barack Obama standing in the Oval Office, dressed in traditional Muslim garb, bumping fists with Michelle Obama, dressed as a terrorist. A framed picture of Osama Bin Ladin hangs above the fireplace, where an American flag is burning.
The illustration, titled “The Politics of Fear,” was meant to satirize and point out the absurdity of many of the ridiculous attacks right-wingers have made against the Obamas. But I’m not so sure it was a great idea.
Both the Obama and McCain camps have come out against the illustration, calling it “tasteless and offensive.”
I see what they were going for here, but I don’t think they hit the mark. As the Huffington Post said, “Anyone who’s tried to paint Obama as a Muslim, anyone who’s tried to portray Michelle as angry or a secret revolutionary out to get Whitey, anyone who has questioned their patriotism — well, here’s your image.”
And they’re probably right. It’s just a matter of time before the ignorant rednecks in my family send some moronic, anti-Obama email forward, starring this picture.
What do you think? Is it over the top or just good satire?