Saturday, August 25, 2007
Humor, Fear, Politics, and Islam
Hot Air has an article discussing a recent Bloom County (Opus!) cartoon that got spiked due to its "questionable" Muslim content. Apparently, twenty five American papers refused to run this. Why?
Because they don't do Muslim-related humor.
Oh. And because it has questionable sexual content. That's the--wink, wink, nudge, nudge--real reason. We don't want to offfend anyone by any sexual innuendo in our cartoons. We don't DO sexual innuendo in cartoons (unless you ignore about half of the Doonesbury cartoons ever run, that is).
The real reason is the Muslim-related humor, of course. Danish cartoonists are still underground; American newspaper editors don't want the same fate.
Hot Air thinks we have a double standard running here. Frankly, double standards have been l' article de jour for quite awhile now.
But. Duly noted.