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The Chimp Cartoon: When Race Becomes Monkey Business
Pajamas Media ^ | February 18 | Bob Owens

Posted on 02/18/2009 2:17:06 PM PST by AJKauf

I see an editorial cartoon combining the too real absurdity of two current events:

1. The signing of the “stimulus,” a nearly $800 billion dollar spending bill that Democrats forced through the House and Senate without reading. 2. The tabloidesque horror of a Connecticut chimpanzee that severely mauled a woman before being shot down by police officers it attempted to attack.

The editorial cartoonist was clearly intoning that a deranged chimp couldn’t have authored a bill any worse than the boondoggle created by Nancy Pelosi in her little fiefdom we call the House of Representatives.

Like clockwork, however, the angry spoiled children of the media left race-baiting industry cried “Wolf!” “Racist!” Here we go, yet again:...

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho44; cartoons; chimp; obaboonma; racism; seandelonas

1 posted on 02/18/2009 2:17:07 PM PST by AJKauf
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To: AJKauf

Well, as Curly would have said: “I resemble that remark!”


2 posted on 02/18/2009 2:22:04 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Basic economics: (1) there is no free lunch; (2) if there isn't any, no one gets any.)
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To: AJKauf
But there are a million pictures of Bush as a chimp, use any image search tool.

I even dredged up one titled Chimpy McHitler.

So the concept of referring to our president as an ape is not new, it's established, mainstream, and I think we should continue.

Alinsky said that in politics ridicule is a very effective tool, and this chimp meme seems to resonate.

3 posted on 02/18/2009 2:23:07 PM PST by DBrow
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To: AJKauf

If the diaper fits....


4 posted on 02/18/2009 2:23:15 PM PST by SandWMan (While you may not be able to legislate morality, you can legislate morally.)
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To: AJKauf

Sorry - and I know I’ll catch a lot of heat for this - but I don’t buy this argument. The cartoon was in horrible taste. The link of a monkey to Obama is easy to see.

I am a right leaning conservative and I abhor politcal correctness as much as Obama’s socialist policies - but this cartoon should not have made it on the pages of one of my two favorite newspapers - the other being the Wall Street Journal.

-C in NJ


5 posted on 02/18/2009 2:23:28 PM PST by chris_in_nj (Never Forget, Never Forgive)
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To: chris_in_nj

“The link of a monkey to Obama is easy to see”....Now THAT’s Racist!!! :)


6 posted on 02/18/2009 2:25:17 PM PST by SandWMan (While you may not be able to legislate morality, you can legislate morally.)
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To: AJKauf

With those ears Obama looks more like a chimp than Bush ever did...so why not say it and draw it?


7 posted on 02/18/2009 2:25:34 PM PST by Trod Upon (The Left killed my country.)
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To: AJKauf

Has everyone already forgot about Travis and the possible connection? (Or did this happen before Travis was shot dead?)


8 posted on 02/18/2009 2:26:05 PM PST by PureSolace (Trust in God)
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To: chris_in_nj
Again, one man's good taste is another's endangered species.

Get over it ~ if this sort of thing (showing the President as a monkey) didn't bring us together as a nation in the past, then why do the Democrats indulge in the practice.

I say it's good for community building and harmony. Those who are offended will jump up, scream, and become targets for the new National Volunteer Security Force.

9 posted on 02/18/2009 2:27:10 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: chris_in_nj

The link of a monkey to Obama is easy to see.

Especially since the gubment doesn’t want us to even give a hint that intelligent design may have something to do with our creation, then HE must have evolved from a monkey.


10 posted on 02/18/2009 2:27:28 PM PST by Cyclone59 (Energizer Bunny arrested.......charged with battery)
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To: chris_in_nj
The link of a monkey to Obama is easy to see.

Sure, if you're one of the perpetually offended class.

Otherwise it's quite a stretch, since the caption clearly refers to WRITING a bill, and O'bama didn't WRITE the bill.

It's clearly referrring to Reid and Pelosi, but that doesn't bring in the racism bucks, so keep trying.

11 posted on 02/18/2009 2:28:55 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: AJKauf
This will be the method Obama's protectors use to deflect any criticism from him.

The socially radioactive term 'racist' will be used against any critic, even a cartoon, and all discussion will be expected to cease. Al Sharpton is a master at using the term 'racist' like a club to attack anyone he decides should be silenced or shaken down - or both, depending on the person and the circumstances.

This will work for awhile but eventually the public will get sick of, in effect, being called 'racist' because they disagree with some loony left legislation proposed by Obama. Free (political) Speech cannot be stifled by PC shenanigans and baseless name-calling.

Overreaching will be the Democrat's downfall and over-using the term 'racist', as a way to instantly stop any discussion and smear anyone who objects to anything Obama does or says will backfire. The sooner, the better.

12 posted on 02/18/2009 2:29:44 PM PST by Jim Scott (Do not go gentle into that good night)
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To: AJKauf

I don’t think the monkey looks like Obama at all...the monkey has holes in him, and he’s not very well dressed.


13 posted on 02/18/2009 2:30:17 PM PST by Clioman
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To: chris_in_nj

You will get no heat from me. This cartoon was in very bad taste and does nothing to further the conservative cause.


14 posted on 02/18/2009 2:32:51 PM PST by TheDane
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To: chris_in_nj
Sorry - and I know I’ll catch a lot of heat for this...

as you should due to the phrase in your next paragraph.

...I abhor politcal correctness...

If so, then this should be funny as all get-outs and I know,

...THAT'S RACIST!

15 posted on 02/18/2009 2:33:30 PM PST by houeto
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To: chris_in_nj
The link of a monkey to Obama is easy to see.

Really? Obama did not write the bill and publicly said he hadn't read it. I think you are too easily offended.

16 posted on 02/18/2009 2:35:07 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Izzy, et al,

I am quite aware it was the President who wrote the bill. He didn’t pen one article for the Harvard Law Review so 1,100 pages would be way to much to ask. But the bill has his name all over and you know it. To ignore the any link of a monkey to POTUS is disingenuous at best. But to each their own...your certainly entitled to your opinion and I mine.

I am the furthest thing from the perpetually offended. I hate sissy liberals who cry wolf at the slightest of slights.

I just happen to think for myself and not be an ideologue. And I feel this crosses a line - that is all. I hate those that did the same to Bush yet deify The Messiah.

Two wrongs don’t make a right.


17 posted on 02/18/2009 2:35:36 PM PST by chris_in_nj (Never Forget, Never Forgive)
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To: AJKauf

An interesting point to consider, who was behind this cartoon? Since anything negative about BHO will be construed as racist, which responsible newspaper would run this cartoon except to implant in the “less than knowledgeable” general population’s mind that republicans are racists. We’ll know a lefty was behind this when this story disappears, of course we’ll probably be lectured to by none other than Kathleen Parker.


18 posted on 02/18/2009 2:35:46 PM PST by Professor_Leonide (I said to the young man, "Who can ever be behind a mask?" when he showed me a photograph.)
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To: Clioman
All obama has to do is say I'm not an animal, here's my birth certificate to prove it... I want to see a birth certificate!
19 posted on 02/18/2009 2:36:14 PM PST by odin2008 (EVIL TRIUMPHS WHEN GOOD MEN DO NOTHING)
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To: chris_in_nj

Sorry - meant to say that POTUS did NOT write the bill.


20 posted on 02/18/2009 2:37:29 PM PST by chris_in_nj (Never Forget, Never Forgive)
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To: chris_in_nj
From the article:
Should we forgive the author of this rant, Sam Stein of the Huffington Post, for being too ignorant to know that a botoxed, pasty-faced white woman is behind the stimulus bill?

Amazing how some people fall right into the racist guilt trip...my first thoughts were associated with the recent chimp killing...a tie to the president didn't cross my mind until I read the whining on this post.

21 posted on 02/18/2009 2:44:29 PM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: chris_in_nj

When I look at the cartoon, I see “Obama = Chimp” in the sense of incompetent “monkeying” with the economy.

When you look at the cartoon, apparently you see “Obama = Chimp” in the sense of “sometimes in the past, people have equated black people with monkeys”.

I see nothing to do with Obama’s race in my interpretation of the cartoon. But YOU do.

In my book, that makes YOU the racist — not me.

I got a good laugh from the cartoon, and I’ll continue to laugh at it without guilt, and pass it on to everyone I know that I think will appreciate the humor.


22 posted on 02/18/2009 2:48:46 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Party? I don't have one anymore.)
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To: AJKauf

The only - and I mean ONLY people who would construe it as racist are the racists themselves - because they are the only ones comparing blacks to chimps/apes/whatever.


23 posted on 02/18/2009 2:49:02 PM PST by The Worthless Miracle (I will not gird my loins for Joe Biden.)
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To: TheDane; chris_in_nj
Sorry - and I know I’ll catch a lot of heat for this - but I don’t buy this argument. The cartoon was in horrible taste. The link of a monkey to Obama is easy to see.

C'mon people. That's absurd. I look at the chimp in the cartoon and see absolutely no physical resemblance to Obama. Why do you pre-suppose that there is? Just because a.) a chimp is depicted and b.) a black man is President.

Just who is being racist in this context?

In addition, the onus is being directed toward whoever wrote the "stimulus bill", not toward the person who signed it. If anybody has a beef about the cartoon, it's Nancy Pelosi.

Finally, I'd agree it's not a particularly effective political cartoon. But that's because the target of the cartoon isn't immediately clear. See above...

For cryin' out loud, come down off your PC high horse. You're on FreeRepublic, where you're actually free to call a duck a duck.

24 posted on 02/18/2009 2:52:09 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Nervous Tick

Like I said, I knew I’d catch heat. That is fine.

But let me assure of one thing. I am not a racist...far from it. Just because I see something different from you does not make me someone who is prejudice. So please don’t make that rather extraordinary leap.

Relax folks - TRUST ME - I am on the conservative side of the fight. I hate Obama and his crooked ilk. I just happened to see something I didn’t like in this cartoon - that is all. We are stewards of free speach, no?

Better days ahead for all of us....and keep fighting the good fight.

Cheers,

C in NJ


25 posted on 02/18/2009 2:54:52 PM PST by chris_in_nj (Never Forget, Never Forgive)
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To: AJKauf

26 posted on 02/18/2009 2:58:30 PM PST by Diogenesis (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: chris_in_nj

Obama didn’t write the stimulus bill. Obama hasn’t read the stimulus bill. Obama doesn’t even know what he signed.

The cartoon is about those who wrote the stimulus bill.


27 posted on 02/18/2009 2:59:14 PM PST by ltc8k6
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To: AJKauf

Last I checked, Obama didn’t write the bill...he just promoted the crap out of it. But that won’t matter to the moonbats.


28 posted on 02/18/2009 3:00:29 PM PST by Raebie (~Never go down with a loaded gun~)
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To: chris_in_nj

>> Relax folks - TRUST ME - I am on the conservative side of the fight.

I don’t doubt that. Nor do I doubt that you aren’t racist in the sense of “denigrating someone because of their race”.

But you should be mindful that there are OTHER definitions of racism besides that one.

Coddling a group solely because of their race is every bit as “racist” as denigrating that group. Voting for a man only because he is of a certain race is every bit as racist as voting AGAINST him for that same reason.

Here is a thought question: I’m sure you found the Chimpy Bushitler comparisons distasteful — but why? Because of W’s race? Now ask yourself the same thing about Obama.

Another thought question: I believe Obama is lazy, stupid and incompetent. Shiftless, if you will. These labels have at times all been applied as a stereotype to folks of certain races, including African American. Am I racist when I call Obama lazy, shiftless, stupid and incompetent?

FRegards


29 posted on 02/18/2009 3:02:00 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Party? I don't have one anymore.)
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To: chris_in_nj
The link of a monkey to Obama is easy to see.

Just like when Obama referred to Palin in his “putting lipstick on a pig”. The only difference is that dems always get a free pass in such situations and scream bloody murder when it happens to them.

30 posted on 02/18/2009 3:02:28 PM PST by usurper (Spelling or grammatical errors in this post can be attributed to the LA City School System)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

They need to put some Anti Monkey Butt powder on it and get over it....http://www.antimonkeybutt.com/


31 posted on 02/18/2009 3:05:23 PM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: chris_in_nj
The link of a monkey to Obama is easy to see.

The link to Obama is invisible. The link is to the simian congresscritters who wrote the bill, led, not by Obama, but by the botox bitch from San Francisco.

Obama was criticized for voting present often during his legislative career. He has already figured out you do it as president – just sign whatever your 'Rat congress passes.

32 posted on 02/18/2009 3:09:46 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: chris_in_nj
You might have a point if Zer0 had authored the porkulus bill but he didn't. Polosi and Ried et al are the guilty party. So, like the knee jerk liberals who are so offended, you couldn't be more mistaken.
33 posted on 02/18/2009 3:14:05 PM PST by SunTzuWu
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To: usurper

Nervous Tick and usurper,

You bring up great points - and I thought those comparisons were horrendous, unfair, thoroughly disrespectful, etc..

I assure you that Obama will NEVER EVER EVER get a pass from me due to his race. I will criticize his policies relentlessly if I think they are bad for the country - and so far he is batting 1.000 in that department.

I don’t think I’m coddling anyone. I just feel that this was indeed a back-handed way to link a chimp and the President...which I find disrespectful. Also, the undereducated masses think POTUS wrote the bill - so they’ll make the link quickly as well. I’m not saying they’re right - just that the link will be made.

And THAT leads me to another issue I have with the cartoon - it will, whether you like it or not, perpetuate the MYTH that conservatives are racist...which is horse crap. I find it quite the opposite, actually.

Well look - I hear what you’re all saying. And I think you get where I’m coming from. Cool. We agree to disagree. That is one reason that makes this country great. God Bless this great nation...and may she survive this absurd war on freedom, liberty, limited government, fiscal responsibility, common sense, capitalism and individual achievement.

Cheers,

C in NJ


34 posted on 02/18/2009 3:16:44 PM PST by chris_in_nj (Never Forget, Never Forgive)
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To: chris_in_nj

It is not easy to see as far as I am concerned.

Hmmmmm, I wonder why some see it and some don’t?


35 posted on 02/18/2009 3:44:11 PM PST by ExpatGator (Extending logic since 1961.)
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To: Cyclone59
Especially since the gubment doesn’t want us to even give a hint that intelligent design may have something to do with our creation, then HE must have evolved from a monkey.

Let us consider some more evidence.


36 posted on 02/18/2009 4:04:50 PM PST by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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To: DBrow

“Curious OStalin”


37 posted on 02/18/2009 4:51:30 PM PST by an amused spectator (Obama: Besteuerung Macht Frei)
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To: chris_in_nj
Did you ever hear of the website "The Smirking Chimp"?

I wondered some while ago if the owner was going to sell it to a conservative...

38 posted on 02/18/2009 4:53:07 PM PST by an amused spectator (Obama: Besteuerung Macht Frei)
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To: AJKauf

39 posted on 02/18/2009 4:53:20 PM PST by upchuck (I'm glad I'm old. Thus I can remember when America was a decent, moral, God fearing country.)
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To: AJKauf
MSNBC was going frantic. One silly person was saying that it promotes assassination of Obama or some such nonsense.
40 posted on 02/18/2009 4:55:44 PM PST by Dante3
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To: Professor_Leonide
of course we’ll probably be lectured to by none other than Kathleen Parker.

LOL! No doubt. Kathleen "Kitty Kelley Barbie" Parker, as I sometimes refer to her.

41 posted on 02/18/2009 4:56:21 PM PST by an amused spectator (Obama: Besteuerung Macht Frei)
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To: upchuck
Also, the undereducated masses think POTUS wrote the bill - so they’ll make the link quickly as well. I’m not saying they’re right - just that the link will be made.

Good. Cut 'em dead in conversation:

"The President doesn't write bills. Don't bother having an opinion on things you never learned in high school. Now, how about those Lakers?"

42 posted on 02/18/2009 5:00:16 PM PST by an amused spectator (Obama: Besteuerung Macht Frei)
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To: SandWMan

Hahaha!


43 posted on 02/18/2009 5:44:39 PM PST by Eastbound
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To: chris_in_nj

http://www.moonbattery.com/bush_chimp.JPG

Historical precedent trumps claims of racism.


44 posted on 02/18/2009 6:51:34 PM PST by DBrow
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To: AJKauf

Come on, now, none other than CNN’s resident deep thinker Soledad O’Brien has stated that the cartoon is “unquestionably racist.”


45 posted on 02/18/2009 6:56:33 PM PST by Trailerpark Badass (Happiness is a choice!)
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To: chris_in_nj

http://www.iflipflop.com/bush_chimp.jpg

http://www.rantical.com/bushisms/bushchimp.jpg

http://www.jokebook.com/bush_chimp.GIF

http://earthhopenetwork.net/bush%20art/bush_chimp_pose.jpg

http://www.rudyrucker.com/blog/images/chimpbush500.jpg

Associating the president with a chimp is commonly accepted, and has been for eight years.


46 posted on 02/18/2009 6:57:50 PM PST by DBrow
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To: AJKauf
Where is the outrage over years of jokes like this???


47 posted on 02/19/2009 11:35:09 AM PST by Fred (Buy on the Rumor - Sell on the Fact)
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