A.R.M. (kinkyturtle) wrote,

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Prickly City: Clumsy attempt at satire

So in yesterday's and today's strips, the comic "Prickly City" is making fun of the Jeremiah Wright issue. Winslow the coyote is running for President, and he introduces his spiritual advisor, a coyote who immediately launches into a stream of "Death to America"-style ranting, leaving Winslow to waffle and backpedal and try to distance himself from him.

Thing is, the coyote in the cartoon shouts "Death to America!", and then calls for death to other groups and things, such as "Rotarians and Methodists and the Dutch". To me, this sounds more like an Islamic terrorist than anything Wright actually said. I mean, let's look at Wright's most infamous quote:
"The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, not God Bless America. God damn America — that's in the Bible — for killing innocent people. God damn America, as long as she pretends to act like she is God, and she is supreme. The United States government has failed the vast majority of her citizens of African descent."

Okay, I don't think "God damn America" is in the Bible, considering it was written several centuries before America was formed. But still, "God damn America" is a far cry from "Death to America". These are the words of an angry black citizen, not a foreign terrorist.

I get the concept behind these two Prickly City strips easily enough; Winslow represents Barack Obama, trying to distance himself from his former pastor's controversial remarks. But as satire, it is clumsy and ham-handed, and if I were in an uncharitable mood I might consider it an insult to my intelligence.

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