The New Yorker

Posted on Jul 15, 2008 in Illustration, Media, Uncategorized

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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