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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

That damned word

What's Mallard raving about today?

Barack Obama, Liberals, Joe Biden.

It's time to play everyone's favorite blog game: Are You Smarter Than a Duck?

Mallard claims the word articulate is being mistaken for a racial slur.

See if you can spot something other than the word "articulate" which might have been considered offensive in the following quote from Senator Biden (in February of 2007, for God's sake):
I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy, I mean, that's a storybook, man.


exanonymous said...

I don't get it. He's attacking pro-wrestlers that look like women or something?

I'm guessing this is the fire Bush came under for calling Obama articulate.

GeoX said...

Tinsley: fucking idiot, or flaming racist? Why can't it be both?

Michael said...

That wrestler has a quadra-ellipse tattoo! What a dedicated Mallard Fillmore fan! Now I have a better glimpse at the MF target audience.

NLC said...

Well, we should at least try to be fair to Tinsley or to understand his confusion.

I think we all recognize why he would consider being described as "articulate" to be an insult.

Kaitlyn said...

Articulate can be a compliment, but usually it's back-handed because it's said with surprise and often used to compare someone with a negative stereotype.

He knows that. Everyone knows that.

But hey. If Barack Obama took offense at a racist "compliment", well he'll his time as president being offended at racism and ignore the terrorist next door. It's true.

Wait - why would a pro wrestler use such a big word in an insult? They'd only confuse the audience.

As for Tinz, well, he's... I don't know. He doesn't believe anyone who tells him that some things have been twisted beyond their dictionary meaning (usually by idiots like him) and thinks it's just elitist nonsense.

Biden said this in '07. How old is this? I mean, he dated this, but did it take him this long to come up with the "joke"?

Kaitlyn said...

WAIT. Why would Tinz's crowd ever consider being called "articulate" a compliment?

That implies not only schooling, but learning.

Bryce Baker said...

woa woa woa, you can't cite the whole quote, that's against the rules.

dlauthor said...

Wow, a five-month lag time between incident and stupid Mallard strip. That's some kind of new record, isn't it? (Chapaquiddick jokes don't count.) Methinks Tinshley must have done his semiannual cleaning-up-of-the-empties, and this strip must have been stuck to the bottom of a can of Miller with a quarter-inch of backwash in it, dating back a third of a year or so.

God knows what we'll get if he ever does his laundry. Gary Hart jokes, maybe.

Erich said...

I wonder whether Tinsley has ever told somebody "you're a credit to your race"...and then been puzzled by their reaction to his "compliment."

Kaitlyn said...

I apologize for Bruce Tinsley on behalf of the white race.

erich - I hope to be a credit to my race. The human race.

ohmigod ohmigod - this would be so much better if Mallard called Chantel articulate and then made fun of her negative reaction. On a sunday, no less.

Better as in worse, of course.

factinista said...

As a proud Southerner, I thank Bruce Tinsley for making us look really good by comparison today.

Ben said...

Something tells me that Tinsley would be a lot better able to see the offensiveness in Biden's comment if Biden were the Democratic nominee. Call it a sixth sense.

exanonymous said...

As near as I can tell, the controversy is over the fact that Bush called him articulate to face a media storm. "Articulate" was dubbed racist regardless of usage by the evul libruls according to this strip.

Oddly enough, the fact that Bush also called him "attractive" was overlooked. Republicans have enough issues with their straight married men hooking up with males.