July 14, 2008
Obama New Yorker Cover Remix
Based upon the Kevin Drum/ Washington Monthly suggestion, I remixed this week's New Yorker Cover based upon Barry Blitt's Illustration. It is much funnier with the thought bubble and McCain. I think it will be easy for people in the current climate to misunderstand the original. But the remix makes it easier to get that it's supposed to be funny.
Posted by Mary Hodder at July 14, 2008 12:16 PM
I think the New Yorker should apologize for its cover. As a prominent publication, the New Yorker has a greater responsibility to the consequences of its art than to the art itself.
There's a campaign to get the New Yorker to apologize:
Love it. That's going up on my blog.
Check out this response from This Modern World:
This is exactly what I was thinking when I read their justification for the picture. If they're trying to portray the right-wing worst-case-scenario thinking about Obama, a little context is needed. Even just a right-winger with a thought balloon would have made it clear. But as always, magazines exist to sell copies and get publicity so they accomplished their real goals, whatever their artistic goals may be.
I apologize for self-linking, I never do this, but linking to my own illustration re this cover -- months later I still fume when I think about it.