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Is this funny to you?

Obama-turban-The New Yorker coverFist-bumping Obama in a turban giving us a sidelong glance. Afro-engulfed Michelle toting a machine gun. The American flag burning in the fireplace. The depiction is obviously satirical, but will the humor be lost on the many?
 
Recent studies show that an understanding of satirical intent and higher Scholastic Aptitude Test scores are strongly correlated so, yes, the joke will bomb in the eyes of Joe Average.
 
I appreciate the creative bravery often associated with satire, and I look forward to hearing The New Yorker defend this magazine cover to the lowbrow schmucks upon whom the point is lost.

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  1. The magazine’s response:

    The New Yorker defended the artist and its cover, which illustrates an article titled “The Politics of Fear,” as a satirical look at the scare tactics and misinformation being used to derail Obama’s campaign. The magazine noted that two serious articles on the candidate’s political education and rise in Chicago accompany the piece.

    “The burning flag, the nationalist-radical and Islamic outfits, the fist-bump, the portrait on the wall? All of them echo one attack or another. Satire is part of what we do, and it is meant to bring things out into the open, to hold up a mirror to prejudice, the hateful, and the absurd. And that’s the spirit of this cover,” a New Yorker spokesman said in a written statement.

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