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New Yorker Cartoon Finally Makes a Point!

There is so a first time for everything. I usually despise a New Yorker cartoon with all of my being (and don't get me started on the caption contests) but this one is actually timely, poignant, and came very, very close to making me chuckle!

I love that it speaks to the whole flag pin wearing of the candidates debate that's been featured so prominently recently.

Does this cartoon speak to you? Are flag pins really proof of patriotism? Can you just live it instead of wearing it?


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True-Song True-Song 9 years
Oh, I like them, too. I think the sheer volume may mean they're not all knee-slappers, but they make me smile.
shmooth shmooth 9 years
thank you, mks0880, for letting stiletta know the obvious, and for doing it in less than three paragraphs. me? i heart three paragraphs. next time some pedantic cartoon explanations are required, though, we should just keep them to ourselves, since it's obvious from reading these comments that everyone knew exactly what the cartoon meant. or, i hear there's a version of the New Yorker for kids -- it's called the 'Pedantic New Yorker for Kids'. ymmv.
silly3 silly3 9 years
I love the New Yorker and I've been looking at the cartoons since I was little. I don't always understand them - and yes, I didn't get the elephant one, but whatever - but I usually find most of them entertaining and sometimes even laugh out loud. I completely agree on the back page contest though - I hate it and wish they would re-instate the old back pages, which included a variety of fun things.
syako syako 9 years
citizen I still love you, but I disagree with your assessment on this one ;) :hug:
mks0880 mks0880 9 years
I love New Yorker cartoons. The beauty is that an image (and short phrase) is worth 1,000 words - a single panel can say the same thing as 3 paragraphs.
stiletta stiletta 9 years
I believe that if anyone has to take three very pedantic paragraphs to explain a single panel cartoon, it's really just not funny.
shmooth shmooth 9 years
uh, yeah, i'm just gonna have to go ahead, and, uh, suggest the obvious...if you don't think New Yorker cartoons make points, then you probably just aren't 'getting' them. think about who their readership is - smart, sophisticated, well-educated, extremely good looking, and probably enjoy a strong dose of satire and black humor - people like me. ;-D their cartoons do often make strong social statements, but the New Yorker is not about depressing us with all of life's realities with every opportunity they get - sometimes the absurd is just fun as heck. enter the painter and elephant. the entire scene is absurd, but then you take it up an order of magnitude when you have the painter suggesting to a posed elephant to sit still. then multiply the absurdity again when you realize that the painter is, in fact, so bad at his craft that his inability to accurately portray a posing elephant on the canvas has everything to do with his lack of talent and nothing at all to do with whether or not the elephant sits still or not. then there are the other subtleties that make a New Yorker cartoon a New Yorker cartoon. like the short phrase with the exclamation point - evoking the 'petulant/spoiled (French) artiste' image. then you have the expression on the elephant's face - the Mona Lisa. and finally, there is the play on the 'elephant behind the curtain' phrase - and the cartoon shows the elephant is actually _not_ behind the curtain - meaning, everybody can see that the painter has no talent, except the painter himself. brilliant! :D
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Playboy cartoons are far funnier!
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
Okay, a teeny bit. :) It's a smiler.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
Tell me this isn't funny!
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I haven't ever read a Newspaper or magazine from New York specifically. I find it insulting for New Yorkers to say that I'm not as progressive/open minded as they are, like it's a bad thing. They consider us midwesterners as dumb farmers...
BeautiJunki BeautiJunki 9 years
the cartoon is funny and I did let out a light chuckle. The flag pin thing is so lame.
ami_z ami_z 9 years
I usually love the New Yorker cartoons. Sure, they're not all winners, but many of them are hilarious. Case in point:§ion=original The flag pin one is great! Especially since the flag pin controversy is probably the most idiotic thing ever to hit American politics!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
:ROTFL: stiletta!
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
Okay, so they sometimes make a point (usually? Ha! The one above is one of those exceptions :) ) My problem is that their "points" are usually a little blunt. As social commentary they're pretty toothless, and as comedy, well I've never LOLed as they say. They're just like fat-free ice cream. Fine, but leaves you wanting the real thing? But I'll leave my real vitriol for the caption contest. ;)
stiletta stiletta 9 years
I agree with citizen. Ladies and gentlemen of the court, here is Exhibit A from this week's edition. Funny? Weird? Esoteric? Lame? I have no idea.
syako syako 9 years
citizen! what do you mean they never make a point?! I love the cartoons. I mean, some of them are a little off, but most of them are pretty hilarious!!
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