Monday, February 23, 2009

Racism in the Media

So the post's recent screwup has spurred me to talk about racism in the media.
In case you missed it, here is the comic that started this whole mess:

My question is, if it's supposed to represent our gov't as a whole, why not put more than one monkey? What is the Post trying to portray here? Why did they pick to show it like this? Why would they even agree to put this out?
To make it worse, they released a statement saying:

"The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event, to wit the shooting of a violent chimpanzee in Connecticut. It broadly mocks Washington's efforts to revive the economy. Again, Al Sharpton reveals himself as nothing more than a publicity opportunist."

Even my friends thought Sharpton was right on this one. What were you guys thinking?

Next, here is an ad from Subway on the subway.

Seriously?! Asian people, do you not feel one bit bothered by this portrayal of an angry chinese food man? They could've at least straightened his teeth. That is really brutal. If I were Asian, I wouldn't let it slide.

What is wrong with the media today? Do you think we need to take a good look at the portrayal of races in the media? Please voice your complaints and post things you hear and see in the comments.