New Yorker Magazine, Keep It Real, Baby! by Mary Neal
July 14, 2008
New Yorker Magazine
Re: New Yorker's July 2008 Cover
Your July cover carries what the magazine obviously meant to be an insulting portrayal of Sen. Obama. But it is not really a portrayal of Sen. Obama - it is more a portrayal of New Yorker's underside, issuing this BLATANT INSULT to Sen. Obama and his supporters of all races and ethnic groups, particularly black people and Muslims.
You even insulted decent, fair-minded Americans who DO NOT support Sen. Obama for President -- those who decided which candidate to support based solely on their honest opinions of which candidate they feel is more qualified to serve as President, not racism and not based on fear. They will also be upset at your ignorant, divisive cartoon and your scare tactics: the depiction of bin Laden prominently featured on Sen. Obama's wall.
Is that supposed to be a caricature of Cynthia McKinney or is it Mrs. Obama on the cover with Sen. Obama? Seems that the New Yorker has outdone itself demonstrating its prejudice. Is the New Yorker implying that females who dare be educated, opinionated, and outspoken are comparable to gorilla warriors?
Your rag may get plenty of complaints over this outrageously racist, sexist piece of garbage. Many people will contact you and demand an apology regarding your offensive July cover. But I much prefer your overt racism and sexism to hypocrisy. Don't bother to apologize -- stand your ground and EXPRESS YOURSELF FREELY. I work to improve conditions for the mentally ill in America, and I know how stressful it can be to repress your true feelings. So don't hold back, New Yorker. Keep putting your real feelings out there -- keep it real! Go ahead and strip those hoods off!
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