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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Those damned Tiger Moms

What's Mallard raving about today?

Tiger Moms, Bums.

Anyone care to theorize on whether Mallard agrees with or disagrees with the referenced article?

Because, apparently, we're supposed to just know what's going on in his head since he offers no clues in the panel itself.

19 comments:

Faster, Harder, More Challenging GeoX said...

There was a popular book called "Tiger Moms" recently. Tinsley has heard of it. That's the joke. He got paid to make this joke. Man oh man, I just can't wait until he starts his inevitable series about those greedy, overpaid teachers.

Tog said...

Wait, is this about the book by Amy Chua, who psychologically abuses her daughter if she doesn't perform to expectations in a real-life stereotype straight out of Cheezburger's Memebase?

Jesus Christ, Batshit. First, you're being idiotically obscure. Second, we can't tell if you're objecting to Chua, the homeless, the educational system, or what. Third, whether you like or hate what Chua does, I want to see you reconcile it with Li'l Rush, your "Vietnamese-American child with superior intelligence and patriotism" character.

Anonymous said...

What's going on in Mallard's head, you ask?

I'd guess some light elevator music, and not much else.

dlauthor said...

Helluva self-portrait there, Bruce. You left out the bottle, though.

But hey, let's deny our children fun because a caricatured version of an Asian parent does the same! That'll train them all well to toil in the blighted joyless hellscape that the right wing imagines to be a utopia. But if you're going to exalt Asian stereotypes, Tinshley, does that mean you've changed your previously hardline stance against the consumption of dogs?

Rootbeer said...

The "Tiger Mom" reference isn't THAT obscure -- all the daytime talk shows were aflutter about the book for a while there, getting indignantly angry about a memoir as if it had been a parenting guidebook.

The joke is inscrutable, nonetheless. My best guess is that the homeless guy is a feckless liberal who instinctively blames his own failures on having the wrong kind of parenting, but that plaid green tocque is usually a signifier of blue-collar Real Canada^H^H^H^H^H^H America in this strip, so who knows.

rewinn said...

Who else didn't have a Tiger Mom?

*Bill Gates (his parents are really nice people - very smart but not "Tiger")

*Warren Buffet

* The Koch brothers

* George W Bush

* Mallard Fillmore

Frank Stone said...

Oh, a "Tiger Mom" reference. How hep and modern and au courant.

And, of course, nothing says, "I believe in strict discipline" like being arrested twice in six months on drunk-related charges.

Bill the Splut said...

I read this as "This guy's homeless and smelly because of his non-abusive childhood."

Does Tinny have kids? Then call the DYS. "See this book, kids? It proves that when Daddy drunkenly screams abuse at you, it's for your own good, you UNGRATEFUL LITTLE SHITS!"

Kip W said...

Tin owed everything to his Tiger Mom, who nagged him day and night: "Suck up! Suck up more! Damn, how are you ever gonna get a right-wing sugar daddy if that's all the better you suck up to power? Now start over again!"

deepbeep said...

For what it's worth, my strictly-raised ex from Hong Kong says that Amy Chua is insane.

CW in LA said...

I thought (judging from the interview with Chua on the Colbert Report) the while point of her book was that, while she tried raising her daughters that way, she realized it was a lousy thing to do.

Frankly, I think a memoir whose theme is "How I sucked as a parent" takes an unusual amount of courage to write. While I have no trouble believing the Tinsh will never win parent of the year, I can't see him with the guts to face up to his massive, glaring inadequacies.

rewinn said...

CW's right. Chua on Colbert is well worth taking 3 minutes to watch - (here it is!) if only because, as an example of humor and humility, it shows things never seen in Mallard Fillmore.

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CW in LA said...

Mallard isn't the only thing that sucks. Spammers suck, too.

CW in LA said...

PS - Especially racist spammers.

Faster, Harder, More Challenging GeoX said...

Well that was certainly weird.

Kip W said...

A real tiger mom would have told you about paragraphs.

David in NYC said...

Kip W. wins the intertubes.

Tog said...

tl;dr;gfy