The New Yorker

Today’s issue of The New Yorker features an illustration by Barry Blitt of Barack and Michelle Obama standing in the oval office. Obama dressed as a Muslim and Michelle as a terrorist and/or black panther depending on where you’re coming from. What do people think? Offensive?

This is what yahoo news says:

This illustration provided by The New Yorker magazine, the cover of the July 21, 2008 issue by artist Barry Blitt, shows Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama dressed as a Muslim and his wife as a terrorist. The magazine says the cover is meant to satirize the use of scare tactics and misinformation in the presidential election to derail Obama.

Couldn’t this concept have been handled better?

1 Comment

  1. JT
    July 15, 2008

    Like how? I feel any less and it would have been watered down. I was listening to someone on the radio suggest “well, they could have put a hick at the bottom of the picture with a thought balloon with the Obamas in it”… obviously not an illustrator!

    The only thing I could think of was perhaps a little subtle “squiggly line” border. That perhaps would suggest this is someone’s demented fantasy.

    My hope is that this debate will clear things up for the truly ignorant.


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