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Methuselah
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For reader's and fans of The Onion (America's Finest News Source):

At the beginning of October, The Onion added an editorial cartoon each week as a feature. October 5th was my first exposure to this cartoonist, and I was quite baffled. As each week has passed, my befuddlement has grown.

This guy has got to be the WORST editorial cartoonist on the face of the continent!

Example 1: Today's cartoon(October 25th, 2006)
The commentary is about the earthquake in Hawaii. We see a stereotypical tourist couple (identified as "innocent tourists") looking down upon the corpse of the Hawaiian Punch characted as the grim reaper (marked earthquakes) poises to rip the life from the tourists. Meanwhile, the writer comments from the corner "Aloha Hawaii, and good riddance".

Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot? Does that make sense to anyone else? What is the point? Is he saying that Hawaii duped tourists into coming there only to be killed? Is he saying that Hawaii, now that they had an earthquake, is a wasteland that shouldn't be visited by anyone? I don't get it.

Example 2: But it's not nearly as confusing as last week's cartoon (October 18th, 2006).
This one comments on the Mark Foley scandal. Poor innocent Mark Foley (marked 'innocent Senator') stands at the door of the congressional pages' lounge as those horrible, awful pages try to seduce him with their sexy, beguiling, young bodies. The writer chimes in to justify Mr. Foley's actions by reminding us that "we are ALL Mark Foley".

Again, WTF? Uh, I am most definitely NOT Mark Foley. Am I missing something, or does this guy just suck at his job?

One final example: The first week's cartoon (October 5th, 2006)
Here, the cartoonist aims to explain to us how the E.Coli spinach crisis occurred. It has nothing to do with farm practices, or fertilization, or runoff into water ways...no, it's those stupid, dirty Mexicans. Yes, from the viewpoint of this cartoonist, the spinach was tainted because Mexicans are so stupid and dirty that they handle spinach in processing plants with feces all over their hands. The writer, quite angered by these foreigners, proclaims "Have a spinach taco, amigo. WE INSIST". [Confused] [Confused] [Confused]

Once again, and with as much sincerity as I can muster, WHAT-THE-NFBSK?

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quote:
Originally posted by Methuselah:
This guy has got to be the WORST editorial cartoonist on the face of the continent!

I think that's the joke. [Wink]

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Richard W
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I don't get the Mark Foley one because I have no idea of the situation, but the others are parodies of editorial cartoons, and quite cunning ones at times. I found these last week and was confused at first too. (Mostly because the current one at that point was the Mark Foley one, which I still don't get.)
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Absolutely. It's Onion. If they had editorial cartoons that actually made sense, it wouldn't be Onion material....
I actually giggled at the Foley one.... bad girl, guru....

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That was my thought also. [Smile]

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Methuselah
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quote:
Originally posted by Stoneage Dinosaur:
quote:
Originally posted by Methuselah:
This guy has got to be the WORST editorial cartoonist on the face of the continent!

I think that's the joke. [Wink]
I think I get it now. And, I have to admit, I'm feeling quite foolish that I didn't get it sooner.

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The Hawaiian one is a dead-on parody of the actual media coverage.

Much of the news I saw was focused on what a terrible inconvenience it was for tourists, while the suffering of the actual residents of Hawaii was reported as an afterthought.

The "Foley was seduced!" angle was brought up by a few right-wing pundits, most noticeably on The Drudge Report.

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Errata
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Those are pretty hilarious. No offense, Methuselah, but it makes it that much funnier to think there are people not getting it.
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I love the crying Statue of Liberty in the Mark Foley one.

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Danvers Carew
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The Onion: Our Dumb Century (one of the funniest and wisest books ever written - I can't recommend it highly enough) has the running joke of having all the cartoons throughout the publication's history being some variation of the Statue of Liberty being ravaged by a gross caricature of whatever was felt to be the biggest threat to the nation at the time.

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Ganzfeld
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I don't get the Onion's articles either. Ever since I had my sense of irony surgically removed (not enough Vitamin F), I just can't understand why the stories are all so mixed up. Apparently, some of them aren't even true.
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Methuselah
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quote:
Originally posted by Ganzfeld:
I don't get the Onion's articles either. Ever since I had my sense of irony surgically removed (not enough Vitamin F), I just can't understand why the stories are all so mixed up. Apparently, some of them aren't even true.

Oh, make no mistake. I get The Onion. I love it and think it's hilarious. I've been a reader since 1991. The editorial cartoons just caught me by surprise. I don't know why.

I guess I just assumed that because editorial cartoons are used for ironic social criticism themselves that the concept of 'spoofing a spoof' (so to speak) wasn't on my radar. I feel quite stupid about it now, so I'm going to go hide in a corner and cry for a little while. [Embarrassed] [Wink]

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