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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Letter to the Editor of the Day

posted by on July 15 at 9:03 AM

In response to this…


A reader writes:

You know, i’d really not want to be hopping on the assuredly large number of letters responding to your “what’s more offensive…” feature, but fuck it, why not? I figured it was bad enough that the walls of random neighborhoods have been bogged down by the obama-beret-hussein stencils, but now my regular mirth-reveling last days viewing has to be ruined by this shitty bigoted display. Oh, you had a little POW McCain so it balances out. You all pushing for a white history month too? It doesn’t weight in the same way at all.

Irony seems to run rampant nowadays, its trumped that retro-90s flannel cynicism and phased out passe early-00s popped collar disinterest as the perfect fashion accessory. Me, i’m as jaded as the ming dynasty, I buy into youth disenfranchaisement as any other hip go-getter. However this ironic racism just makes me think we’re a couple a hairs away from the “handlebar” being replaced by the “chaplin” as the moustache du jour.

Knowing that you all still love irony, here’s some hot tips on recent faves. Most of our own “Peace Park” has been sacrificed for a piece of parking, echoing are obviously shitty involvement in Iraq on the behalf of our cars. The other being the good-riddance attitude towards the disappearance of big fast food on the hill. Yes, indeed, we’ve finally ended our support of these evil faceless corporations. This calls for a celebration, how bout a smoke?

The point is in there somewhere, but you’ll have to pick through the rambling.

a kid

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I'll tell you what's enormous whozeewhatsit!!!

Posted by Christopher Frizzelle's Enormous Whozeewhatsit | July 15, 2008 9:28 AM

I just didn't think the whole lawn jockey/pinata choices were really all that funny. If the choices had been funnier, this bit may have worked for me, but it just sort of fell flat.

Nothing to laugh about or get worked up about from my perspective.

Posted by Julie | July 15, 2008 9:33 AM

"Nothing to laugh about or get worked up about from my perspective."

Could this describe The Stranger, as a whole? Or, more specfically, a northwest attitude? hmmmm...

Posted by person90428 | July 15, 2008 9:38 AM

I agree with 2.

Not funny. Not offensive. Not really anything.

Just boring.

Posted by bbb | July 15, 2008 9:39 AM

Thinking that the lawn jockey used for this effect heralds the comeback of Hitler (the "Chaplin moustache" reference) is just silly.

Posted by Fnarf | July 15, 2008 9:45 AM

what's he got against Charlie Chaplin?

Posted by cyrano | July 15, 2008 9:45 AM

"iím as jaded as the ming dynasty"


Posted by Whack | July 15, 2008 9:47 AM

The cartoon fell flat on many levels and by posting it numerous times it is still not gaining the attention and response you seem to be striving for. The New Yorker won the who can be more offensive contest this week. The stranger should accept defeat and try again next week. Neither cartoons are all that great in the first place it only reinforces the fact that when you cannot think of anything worth printing just create or in this case try to create a racist cartoon and see if the comments will beat those of previous attempts at political satire.

Posted by New story please | July 15, 2008 9:50 AM

There's a print edition?

Posted by w7ngman | July 15, 2008 9:55 AM

We won't support ball-less NO-Bama and will re-defeat him in November.

Posted by clintonsarmy | July 15, 2008 10:04 AM

Good lord- his train of thought really jumped the rails there, didn't it? I get the racism to ironic hipster transition... but evil corporations and parking? Didn't quite flow, but at least he acknowledged it.

Posted by UNPAID BLOGGER | July 15, 2008 10:12 AM

There's absolutely no reason to repost this. Obviously it's not funny or shocking, that's why you're not getting the comments you expected. Hire some new writers.

Posted by Dr. Zaius | July 15, 2008 10:31 AM

You know that guy who makes his point, but then rambles on and on and just won't shut up? That's this guy.

Posted by Greg | July 15, 2008 10:34 AM

Damn, you mean the mcain pow pinata isn't real. Now what in the hell am I supposed to do for my birthday party?

Posted by Sad Comment | July 15, 2008 11:14 AM

Huzzah to a kid! Great pop culture summary. Maybe there is hope for the da youts.

Posted by Time Bomb | July 15, 2008 12:41 PM

You guys jumped the shark with "What's More Offensive" this week. And, I can't get over Adrian's painful piece on Obama in Montana. Chocolate JFK?!?! You have got to be fucking kidding me.

Posted by kerri harrop | July 15, 2008 1:38 PM

Maybe we could open a interegation a go-go franchises.

Posted by Vince | July 15, 2008 2:01 PM

I've got some cynicism for you: People that start a sentence with, "Me, blah blah blah" totally suck.

Posted by Dougsf | July 15, 2008 2:04 PM

I am neither black nor a jockey, so please allow me to speak for both.

African American jockeys have a long and prestigious history that was quashed and largely forgotten, like so many other accomplishments between reconstruction and the civil rights movement. So completely forgotten that most people can only think of a "lawn jockey" as a lampoon, as in this case. Some misguided PC people try to correct the offense by painting them white. if you're going to do anything, Ithink it would be best to take them down.

As in similar cases, there is a movement to "take back" the image of the black jockey as a positive role model. Unlike some examples, like the ridiclous "whore" from the pages of the Stranger, this one seems to have more merit.

Posted by Rob Campbell | July 15, 2008 2:53 PM

Dang, I totally forgot to do a little more editing on it. Ignore the typos please.

-a kid

Posted by a kid | July 15, 2008 5:17 PM

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