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.



Thrila said...

I'm not a big supporter of the Post, since I think most of their news sucks anyway, but this cartoon thing is really getting out of hand. I can see how they are taking current events and applying it in a political cartoon, it wouldn't have made sense to put more than one monkey, since only one was shot. All in all this should have been scrapped and another cartoon be made.

Also, I don't really like Al Sharpton and I kind of look at what he's protesting under a microscope, because at this point I really feel that he only does it for the media coverage.

In terms of the subway ad, that really didn't bug me. I didn't think "asian" at first even though they had the chinese dragon chain. I think the reason they chose that was because if I remember right, it came out around Chinese New Year. I really found is as offensive as the Miley Cirus picture, in which I found it stupid rather than offensive.

But that's just me.

Char said...

The first one was bad, but the second one was HORRIBLE.

I think everything is wrong with the media, for the most part. I just wish people would think more before they acted.