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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

That damned Race

What's Mallard raving about today?

Barack Obama, Racism.

We will know, in just under two weeks, whether Mallard is actually serious about this topic or whether he's just a partisan sack of crap frightened by the growing realization that Barack Obama may very well be the next President.

When he chooses to comment or not to comment on this statement from Chris Matthews about Obama, we'll know: "Let me ask you about how he — how’s he connect with regular people? Does he? Or does he only appeal to people who come from the African-American community and from the people who have college or advanced degrees?" (emphasis mine)

Anyone care to give odds on which it is?


Matt Ramone said...

Bill, I love you apart from your unspoken stumping for Hillary, but even you have to be offended by this.

factinista said...

Obama is now white in Mallard World.

Wow. Just... wow.

Michael said...

Damn, Guy Smiley is racist!

exanonymous said...

Well, at least Mallard isn't spouting the white supremicist garbage I've seen regarding Obama yet.

Yes, I had my standards set lower. And all I was doing was looking for quotes by Obama.

I won't deny them their right to have what vile small-minded selfish thoughts they have, but sometimes I get sick of seeing people use "I found it on the internet, it must be true!" used to support everything, especially when one goes to seek opinions to support opinions.

BillyWitchDoctor said...

Now, come on, Factinista--if the colorist made Obama any darker, conspiracy theories would abound.

Matt, thanks--I think--but this strip is merely stupid, for the exact same reason yesterday's was stupid: Tinny's just mad that he can't say dumb things--whether the racist-sounding aspect is intended (Tinny) or not (Obama)--and be praised wildly for it.

Tinny's perceived personal victimhood and neverending persecution complex has always been a vital part of Mallard. It's not so much offensive as it is just pathetic, as he clings to this single gaffe, desperately milking it well beyond its worth.

factinista said...

Now, come on, Factinista--if the colorist made Obama any darker, conspiracy theories would abound.

Guess that explains Chantel too, then.

confused said...

The only thing that explains Chantel is a bright promising character crushed by the soulless machine that is Mallard. Even imaginary characters are destroyed by the banality of it.

rewinn said...

Today's strip shows the tactic of repeating a harmless phrase over and over until it acquires a malevolent meaning.

There is nothing bad about the phrase "typical white person", any more than there is about "typical kindergartner" or "typical cancer patient". If you're going to talk about schoolchildren, medical patients, or race ... you're going to have to talk about people and groups of people.

And the phrase "typical XXX person" is completely neutral.

However, repeating it over and over with the implication that there's something bad about the phrase, trains "typical human people" into thinking there's something bad about the phrase.

It's a tactic used to sell doughnuts, automobiles, and ideologies.