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August 6, 2009

WaPo Overplays the Race Card on Obama Joker Posters

The Washington Post confirms what we've already heard from the most pathetic of race-baiting Obamunists — the Obama as Socialist Joker poster craze is racist:

…the poster is ultimately a racially charged image. By using the "urban" makeup of the Heath Ledger Joker, instead of the urbane makeup of the Jack Nicholson character, the poster connects Obama to something many of his detractors fear but can't openly discuss. He is black and he is identified with the inner city…
The Joker's makeup in "Dark Knight" — the latest film in a long franchise that dramatizes fear of the urban world — emphasized the wounded nature of the villain, the sense that he was both a product and source of violence. Although Ledger was white, and the Joker is white, this equation of the wounded and the wounding mirrors basic racial typology in America. Urban blacks — the thinking goes — don't just live in dangerous neighborhoods, they carry that danger with them like a virus.…
The charge of socialism is secondary to the basic message that Obama can't be trusted, not because he is a politician, but because he's black.

Likewise, intelligentsia moonbats can't be trusted not because they're propagandists, but because they are full of BS.

The liberal establishment media has officially jumped the shark.

obama_joker_poster.jpg
Critical of the Moonbat Messiah, therefore racist.

On a tip from mega.

Posted by Van Helsing at August 6, 2009 10:04 AM

Comments

And of course, they weren't so offended with Vanity Fair did this:

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/politics/2008/07/bush-as-joker.html

Posted by: Steven at August 6, 2009 10:17 AM

As far as the Wapobats are concerned any criticism of Obama is racist.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 6, 2009 10:24 AM

Wow. Words alone cannot express how stupid the author of that article is. They HAVE to be kidding...or mildly retarded.

Posted by: Paul H at August 6, 2009 10:24 AM

Some audio channels and quite a few online forums have a mechanism against four-letter words, substituting bleeps (audio) or asterisks (text) for them, when such channels and forums are meant to be family-friendly.

For the sake of furthering dialog, as well as countering Marxist trolls--who can't write a single paragraph against right-wingers without playing the race card--I think there should be an initiative among right-wing channels and forums (some, not all; and everywhere at the discretion of the owner, as it is with family-friendly channels and forums) to install a mechanism against inflections of the word "race" ("race," "racism," "racist," "racial" etc.). It could cut down a lot on the left-wing trollery, leaving only substantial arguments of theirs (which, I admit, means: next to nothing).

Just a thought, from another conservative who's trying to see how we can take back the discourse from which we were shut out in the course of the last 50-something years.

Posted by: Conservigilant at August 6, 2009 10:24 AM

What a maroon!

Posted by: Reasonable Guy at August 6, 2009 10:40 AM

"He is black and he is identified with the inner city, a source of political instability in the 1960s and '70s, and a lingering bogeyman in political consciousness despite falling crime rates."

Once again, a columnist says more with their words about themselves than the content of their exposition was intended.

"The great virtue of an anonymous poster campaign is that it anticipates unspoken fears or claims, and leads the debate by insinuating and teasing out ideas that would be too explosive or alienating if simply dumped into the public forum by responsible actors."

'Teasing out ideas'.. Get a clue. It's a statement, not an insinuation.

Once again, a columnist says more with their words about themselves.

Posted by: Hope at August 6, 2009 10:50 AM

I am so utterly sick of the the paranoid charge that if I dislike Obama then it must be because he's black.

Racism, racism, racism, blah, blah, blah.

Just throw the paranoid rubbish right back at the Washington Post, et al.:
"No, you're a racist! Nah, nah! You're a double super-duper racist! Nah, na! Poo-poo pants!"

Posted by: slim at August 6, 2009 10:55 AM

I wonder how many joints it took for the writer to make these illogical leaps. Or maybe it wasn't enough joints. Whatever.

More likely is the probability that the artist used the latest rendition of The Joker as the vehicle simply because more people -- especially young people -- would recognize it.

Posted by: brent at August 6, 2009 10:58 AM

what this journalist is saying is that obama, deep down inside, is an angry, violent black man?

Posted by: weewilly at August 6, 2009 11:00 AM

You know, I thought art was the ultimate expression of political ideas. That's what the Left's been using it for forever. So, I don't get it: Now that the art makes a statement against Leftist ideas, it's all of a sudden irresponsible. But the Leftists always told me it was only the Right that chastised artists for expressing (mostly Leftist) ideas. I guess I'll just chalk this confusion under the same category of confusion over why I could possible ONLY be a racist simply because I oppose Obama's ideas.

Posted by: brent at August 6, 2009 11:03 AM

slim,

I am so utterly sick of the the paranoid charge that if I dislike Obama then it must be because he's black.

That's exactly why I made the proposal above. At first glance, it might look like I'm calling for censorship. I'm not; I'm just calling for taking the race issue out of the equation.

I'm calling for measures that'll make people forget the black color of Obama's skin and pay attention to the red color of Obama's politics.

Posted by: Conservigilant at August 6, 2009 11:04 AM

brent,

I'm with neo-neocon on this one:

But by far the main reason for the outrage is that the agitprop of the poster shocks the Left by taking a page out of the Left's own playbook:

Posted by: Conservigilant at August 6, 2009 11:06 AM

Comrades, I've recently begun wondering if Obama is not ...is not...(I'm so ashamed to say it) ... completely perfect. I know, racist. Please send me off for re-education, comrades, where I can repent my deviationist ways.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at August 6, 2009 11:17 AM

Jack Nicholson was "urbane" as the Joker?!!! Somehow urbane doesn't seem like the right word, and let's face it, if they had used Jack Nicholson's image rather than Heath Ledger's it would have totally missed the point that Obama is behaving more like the out-of-control Ledger-Joker, than the more calculating Nicholson-Joker.

Posted by: Judith M. at August 6, 2009 11:22 AM

He is not 'Black', he only plays one in the hood. He is Semi-Black and Semi-White. The poster mocks only his Semi-White side. The joker is not a black guy in white face. Nicholson is white, Ledger was white and the Joker in the comic books and cartoons are based on a white man. How the hell does race even enter into this? You have to have one really bad case of delusions to even make the connection.

Posted by: IOpian at August 6, 2009 11:31 AM

It sounds like another case of an over-educated intellectual "journalist" who over-projects their perverse thesis onto us lesser individuals who don't understand our own psyches.

Posted by: LittleMissPerfect at August 6, 2009 11:32 AM

They should bring back that old game show JOKERS WILD - where they pull the lever and its JOKER! JOKER! JOKER! featuring the Obama Joker Faces.

That would be funny.

In this version you win prizes like:

Toxic CFL bulbs w/ hazmat suit
Carbon Credits
Suicide pills for granny
Race Cards - non white contestants only
Hammer and Sickle flags
Che Guevara shirts

Posted by: Ghost of Bill Cullen at August 6, 2009 11:35 AM

Mr WaPo columnist: while I'm usually the first person to trust long, intimate psychological evaluations conducted by Washigton Post culture critics, I'm a little curious as to how you knew all this incredibly detailed stuff about this guy's motives and subconscious reasoning.

You know, what with you not having the first fucking clue as to who he is and everything.

Posted by: Smorfia48 at August 6, 2009 11:44 AM

Expect the less from the WASHINGTON COMPOST

Posted by: SPURWING PLOVER at August 6, 2009 11:44 AM

Also I'm a little confused by this leap of logic:

Although Ledger was white, and the Joker is white, this equation of the wounded and the wounding mirrors basic racial typology in America. Urban blacks — the thinking goes — don't just live in dangerous neighborhoods, they carry that danger with them like a virus.…

When exactly did Obama start being an "urban black"? Honolulu, Indonesia or Harvard Law School?

Posted by: Smorfia48 at August 6, 2009 11:57 AM

Apparently the Obamunists have forgotten that Obama is just as White as he is Black. One of his parents was White, the other was Black, and yet this supposedly makes him Black?

That sort of stupid, racist thinking was last used by the KKK and other Southern racists to try and deny rights to people based on some undesirable heritage in their history. What's next, denying SBA loans to entrepreneurs who are found to have one White grandparent?

If this were about heritage and experiences, as a "wise latina" woman would say, then Obama's early childhood, Harvard education, and pampered adult life would align him firmly with the limousine liberals, not inner city blacks.

These neo-racist moonbats need to take a cue from Dr. King and start judging people by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. Fortunately, Obama's character is empty; he is full of lies, dishonesty, disrespect for human life, disrespect for human dignity, and disrespect for the fruits of one's labor.

I judge Obama by the content of his character, not the color of his skin, and that man is a destroyer of rights and productivity in the name of Socialism, which is exactly the meaning of that poster.

Posted by: Anonymous Countermoonbat at August 6, 2009 12:05 PM

The author first makes the incorrect move of playing the proverbial race card.

But it gets worse.

At the end of the second paragraph, he/she writes: " Urban blacks — the thinking goes — don't just live in dangerous neighborhoods, they carry that danger with them like a virus."

That "thinking goes" is the racist element that the author easily leaps to himself, and for that, I find it's more attributable to him than to his audience!

Posted by: Pete at August 6, 2009 12:11 PM

If a lot of people would print out the Bush/Joker poster and mail it (yes, snail mail it) to WaPo and ask them why this is OK and the Obama Joker is not, would they get the message?

Nah, they'd just rip the mail up and toss it - excuse me, recycle it.

Posted by: Son of Taz at August 6, 2009 12:17 PM

Posted by: Anonymous Countermoonbat at August 6, 2009 12:05 PM

Nicely said.

Posted by: IOpian at August 6, 2009 12:42 PM

Let's see: BO is dropping like a stone in the polls and blacks still support him at about 97%.

Presumably, that's due to the fine job he's doing for them. Far be it from the MSM to suggest anything racist about that support.

Huge Sonia Sotomayor lumbers from La Raza to the Supreme Court of the United States, part of her dragging on the sidewalk, after trying unsuccessfully to penalize high-performing firemen.
The MSM wouldn't want to be hasty in thinking that she may have any racist inclinations.

BO sat in a race-rant church for 20 years, ignominiously exposing his children to the vile crap (with all due religious reverence, of course). But it wouldn't be the job of the MSM to think BO heard a thing.

Now the MSM manufactures white racism out of a Bo-Joker morph poster?
And suppose the illustrator is a non-white? Then what is the MSM's next formula for manufacturing white racism out of this?

Well, here's a lead for the geniuses in the MSM: investigate Jesse Jackson who said he wanted to castrate BO. He just may be the one who made those posters.

Posted by: Fiberal at August 6, 2009 12:53 PM

Until conservatives stop scurrying like roaches from the light at accusations of 'racism', liberals will continue to lob them ans 99.9% of black people will agree. Blacks and whites differ in more than pigmentation. Until we can honestly acknowledge these differences, and this has nothing to do with hate, our hands are tied by the PC police. Same is true for men and women.

Posted by: mandy at August 6, 2009 12:57 PM

I don't see why a black guy couldn't play the Joker. Race doesn't seem to be an important part of that character at all.

And a related poll. Who was the hottest Catwoman?

Julie Newmar
Eartha Kitt
Halle Berry

It's a tough call for me, but I'm leaning toward Kitt.

Posted by: forest at August 6, 2009 1:06 PM

Do you think the Wash Post realizes over 90% of the American population has never seen the Batman Movie that is supposed to be fueling their hatred by association ? What a ridiculous article.

Posted by: Scott at August 6, 2009 1:17 PM

Anonymous Countermoonbat, you make an excellent point.
The Martin Luther King Test is the yardstick for judging. This test has authority everywhere - even among patio intellectuals, coffee shop Catholics, faddy journalists......
Judge by what he says, what he does, by his friends, not by his color.
Funny, in the field of sport, what you might call the less-intellectual side of life, that's exactly what the rubes do. Results are what count with them. Not color.
The MLK test - what a counterweight.

Posted by: Jim at August 6, 2009 1:27 PM

Posted by: forest at August 6, 2009 1:06 PM

My vote is for Eartha Kitt. But if you include all the women who've played Catwoman my vote is for Michelle Pfeiffer.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 6, 2009 1:28 PM

Do you think the Wash Post realizes over 90% of the American population has never seen the Batman Movie that is supposed to be fueling their hatred by association ?

Having long since given up on popular culture, I hadn't even heard of the movie (the nth remake of Batman ...yawn), although I am now informed that my wife took the kids and their friends to see it.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at August 6, 2009 1:57 PM

Events like this "poster-gate" here always serve to expose the Left's bigotry and condescending attitude towards non-whites.
Because the poster happens to ridicule/satire a black man, the white liberals must rush in to protect what they view as the fragile, helpless, child-like black man from a mean poster.

Note to libs: the black man can stand up for himself against a satirical poster-- blacks have endured far greater hardships over time than satire.

Posted by: slim at August 6, 2009 2:07 PM

"My vote is for Eartha Kitt. But if you include all the women who've played Catwoman my vote is for Michelle Pfeiffer.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 6, 2009 1:28 PM"

How could I forget her? All excellent choices I'd say.

So, considering all the hot babes of various skin colors who have played Catwoman, would it be racist to compare the 1st Lady to the character, or depict her in a Catwoman outfit?

I don't think it would, but then there's the inevitable charges of sexism...

Posted by: forest at August 6, 2009 2:16 PM

No, it wouldn't be racist to depict the First Lady in a Catwoman suit -- it would be HORRIFIC!! Michelle in a catsuit **shiver**.

Now, the whole Jack Nicholson thing -- if the BO makeup was the urbane Nicholson variety, would that mean the Young Prez is now a Lakers fan? Will he get courtside seats for the next date night? Will Michelle wear a catsuit? Will the eyes of the fans at the game explode? Next, on the Days of our Lives . . . .

Posted by: MoogieP at August 6, 2009 3:25 PM

Shepard Fairey-designed Obama portrait on cover of Rolling Stone
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2009/08/05/2009-08-05_president_obama_rolling_stone.html

Posted by: Bill at August 6, 2009 3:36 PM

You know, given Obama's half of one, half of the other background, perhaps Two Face would have been a better pick. I'm thinking the Tommy Lee Jones character here.

Posted by: Nancy at August 6, 2009 3:51 PM

Fuck the Washington Times.

Posted by: James at August 6, 2009 4:24 PM

what i find funny is that htey dont like that their nihilist art resembles their nihilist selves. if this is racist, then who created the re-imagined batman and created such a nasty capitalist society in it that never reflected any city in a free country?

and dont get me started at how marxist poor peter parker is being abused and underpaid by fat cat jj jamesson... ah... why is the guy so smart and such, yet cant find another paper or weekly that would pay more? your telling me that if spiderman existed, paris hiltons pudenda would rate higher?

Posted by: Artfldgr at August 6, 2009 5:04 PM

Apparently the Obamunists have forgotten that Obama is just as White as he is Black. One of his parents was White, the other was Black, and yet this supposedly makes him Black?

well the way they see it, only pure white is white, everything else is shades of brown.

That sort of stupid, racist thinking was last used by the KKK and other Southern racists to try and deny rights to people based on some undesirable heritage in their history. What's next, denying SBA loans to entrepreneurs who are found to have one White grandparent?

the KKK where the strong arm of the democratic party... they lynched republican blacks. in one area they killed nigh 200 republicans, that none voted that year.


and i am sorry to say that that the rest of your sentence came true years ago.. the SBA 8a program gives such benifits and perks, that anyone not on the program has an almost impossible time of it and if they have no other way, thats the end of it. the 8a program is for women and minorities.

your too late..

Posted by: Artfldgr at August 6, 2009 5:09 PM

More like PRESS YOUR LUCK with OBAMA as one of those WHAMMIES thats takes all your money and prizes and if you get four your out

Posted by: Flu-Bird at August 6, 2009 9:23 PM

As a Reagan conservative, I'm more than a little embarrassed when someone calling himself conservative calls the writer of the article a "maroon." Moron, yes, maroon, no.

Posted by: Gary at August 7, 2009 8:38 AM

Really? I thought his face looked too white.

Posted by: oldguy at August 7, 2009 9:10 AM

Gary haven't you ever watched Bugs Bunny?

Posted by: Farmer Ted at August 7, 2009 9:18 AM