Failing at Irony and Alienating Your Allies: The Liberal Dude’s Guide to Satire
So I open my blog reader and the Huffington Post. What do I have the pleasure to find?
Oh Christ, who’s the genius behind this?
I know this might be rocket science to liberal dudez who think things like rape are funny, but this really tasteless and poor excuse for satire is not inducing anything but my gag reflex. You know you fail at irony when your art work is indecipherable from the message of those you intend to mock. While I was sleeping, someone decided that mocking the Republicans by depicting the Obamas with racist stereotypes was effective and funny. I can imagine a bunch of balding upper-class white dudes giving each other congratulatory back slaps around some editor’s desk at The New Yorker, engaging in
mutual masturbation inflation of their over large egos as their wit goes to press.
You know what’s really funny? Mocking Nazis by walking around in public, in places where there may or may not be Jews, and acting and dressing in such a manner completely identical to Nazis. So what if you offend a few Jews along the way? Your completely nonsensical message must be conveyed in the manner you see fit, even if you offend a demographic that would otherwise be allies. I might be white, but even I know that the picturing of an afro-sporting woman in military fatigues is probably a dig at her deviant blackness and her radical opposition to white culture. Also, if you think drawing racist depictions of prominent political figures is funny, you might be racist.
The purpose of satire is to shock and inflame your opposition. If your illustration could be used as a poster for the far right and you are offending your political allies, then it’s about time someone fired you.
Then again, I am not really surprised. Anyone remember this? :
That was a “liberal” blog, the DailyKos, really failing to understand the nuances of irony.
Heads up to white dudez: if you think the appropriate manner to object to bigots on the right is to be a leftist racist, on the name of “humor”, kindly get the fuck out of my political party.