Obama as the butt of the Joke(r) *UPDATED*

At first, only people in L.A. saw it.  Now we’ve all seen it:

Predictably, liberals are already crying “racism.” As for me, maybe I’m just out of touch with pop culture, but the Joker character never ranked up there in my mind with Uncle Tom or Sambo or any other stereotypical character created by racist whites to denigrate blacks. Just to refresh your recollection, this is what one of those images looks like:

If you don’t recognize that vile image, it’s Michael Steele, as reimagined by a liberal blogger.  Now that’s a racist insult.

We are being reminded, yet again, that anything negative about Obama is ipso facto racist.

The best I can do here is to leave the last words to Bob Owens:

A lot of people are getting their noses out of joint about a poster popping up around Los Angeles comparing President Barack Obama to the Joker.

Frankly, I don’t get it.

One embraces terrorists and madmen, is dedicated to anarchy and the destruction of capitalist society, and sends the population fleeing in horror from his creations.

The other is a fictional character played by the late Heath Ledger.

UPDATE:  The Anchoress is also bewildered by the racism charge:

This is political commentary; whoever came up with it is using a familiar visual image, and giving us an actual word which delivers a two-point message: he or she thinks the president is a joke, and a socialist.

This -until very recently- used to be called “free speech.” It is protected in this country, and thought very highly of. And protest or dissent, we have been told, is the very highest form of patriotism.

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  • Charles Martel

    I am Helen Losse and I approved this message:

    The poster image a la The Joker is clearly racist because it paints Obama’s face with white makeup.

    According to my intellectual and moral superiors who taught me Critical Race Theory at that great Southern college I attended, anytime you put a black man in white face, you are racist. (Unless the black man does it to himself, such as Dick Gregory or one of the Wayans brothers—then it’s brilliant satire and OK.)

    Yes, yes, I know some of you will quibble that Obama is half-white, therefore not really a black man. But, I summon the Great Touch of the Tar, that scientific and Democratic truth that just the teensiest, weensiest, merest, slightest, tiniest touch of black blood can make even a white person like Michael Jackson black.

  • SGT Dave

    All,
    I believe the image is quite fitting; after all, the version of the Joker this image is based on took half the mob’s money and burnt it. Gone, never to be recovered. Isn’t that pretty much what he’s doing to the economy right now with the stimulus and buyouts?
    And no, it isn’t racist – it is, however, accurate. And that, my friends, appears to be the most dangerous and heretical item to the current administration.

    SSG Dave
    “The use of faulty information for predictions not only causes that prediction to be erroneous, but further contaminates the probability fields and drags the expected mean further away from the truth.”

  • gpc31

    Let’s encourage the laughter and good-natured ridicule. Obama is absurd in his megalomania…he can’t bear to be criticized, let alone laughed at. So make sure that you smile when you joke about him to others.

    Ridicule is his weakness, the missing scale in Smaug’s armor.

    The press is in the tank, the comics are afraid of being called racists, Axelrod is a master of “astroturfing”. That leaves us, “we the [real] people”, connected via the internet.

    If sunshine is the best disinfectant–unfortunately unavailable–what does that make laughter? A breath of fresh air?

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    Laughter armors the soul against excruciating agony and despair, while at the same time raising one’s sensitivity to joy and happiness.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    It is always ironic that the Left uses Uncle Tom imagery. Even today, their mental state is affected by white privilege.

    For the author of Uncle Tom wasn’t black. It was a white woman.

    I mean no disrespect to her or her work. In fact, it was often said that she bolstered the abolitionist cause so much it convinced the South to secede.

    But if you listen to blacks, they are completely against whiteness and acting white and white education and white privilege. And look at what they have been doing. Accusing blacks of fitting a stereotype… created by a white.

    Do you see the hypocrisy here? Do you see their emotional and mental weakness? How it can be exploited?

  • Danny Lemieux

    Obama & Biden. Joker & Jester.

  • suek

    The Court Jester was also known as the King’s Fool, was he not?

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    He would also be executed if the Absolute Monarch felt offended by his ‘jokes’.

  • suek

    >>He would also be executed if the Absolute Monarch felt offended by his ‘jokes’.>>

    Really? I thought the King’s Fool was immune from execution.

  • Charles Martel

    suek, here’s a quote that somewhat answers your question:

    “In societies where the Freedom of Speech was not recognized as a right, the court jester – precisely because anything he said was by definition “a jest” and “the uttering of a fool” – could speak frankly on controversial issues in a way in which anyone else would have been severely punished for, and monarchs understood the usefulness of having such a person at their side. Still, even the jester was not entirely immune from punishment, and he needed to walk a thin line and exercise careful judgment in how far he might go – which required him to be far from a “fool” in the modern sense.”

    http://www.statemaster.com/encyclopedia/Jester

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    Thanks for the research, Hammer.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    The King could listen to the jester because he was harmless and did not impact the King’s Dignitas. Lesse Majesty, after all, was a capital offense.

    Since power comes from the King, as he is the Absolute Monarch appointed by God with the seal of the Church, anything you say that decreases his authority in his own eyes or anybody else’s eyes (especially his court of nobles) is easily termed treason.

    A jester, because he can be considered harmless, crazy, or meaningless, could say things which could contradict the King’s position (we would call it disagreement) and not be executed for Lese Majesty. So long as the King doesn’t feel offended or one of his nobles doesn’t urge the matter. Cause the jester will die if either King or Noble believes it is useful to do so.

    The wikipedia for Lese Majesty says it actually originated in the Old Roman Republic. Interesting, that. The Europeans got Lese Majesty from it, and thus created WWI and WWII and the works of Marx, the overthrow of the Tsar, and the Bolshevik Rise to power.

    America’s Founding Fathers, instead, chose the Roman Senate to adopt instead. Funny how that works.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    And, of course, we chose the eagle as our standard. Which makes it not so much an eagle, as a phoenix. The proof of the resurrection of the Roman Republic, before it was destroyed by the Senate class

  • suek

    Heh. In other words, the Jester was no Fool…!

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    But Obama is. After all, the King has no excuses for his actions on this score.