Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tinky Winky and Felix the Cat: Racist Icons

Via Memeorandum

The Tinky Winky poster is racist. Comparing Pres. Obama to Felix the Cat is racist. Is it possible to poke fun or criticize the president without being accused of racism?

Don't be misled. These new posters featuring Barack Obama's face imposed over the likeness of Tinky Winky may appear benign, but they're not.

Their intent is far deeper and insidious: to stir ugly racist thoughts in America's subconscious.

On the surface, the posters don't add anything new to the discussion. Obama has been called a “socialist” before. But, subliminally, the posters draw heavily on stereotypes of the worst kind.

It is times like these that I am glad that I am a clueless rube. Had I not been shown the light I would have looked at the poster and thought, "wussie." But in my ignorance, the sinister subliminal message is clearly racist:

First, the obvious: Purple is only a tick or two away from black on the color spectrum, so it's clearly no coincidence that Obama's likeness was imposed over Tinky Winky and not Dipsy, Laa-Laa, Noo-Noo, or Po. Tinky Winky is an unspeakably devious subliminal reminder of the pigmentation of our President's skin.

Yep, that went right over my head. While that is soaking in consider this:

The lede of Ferguson's column reads:

President Barack Obama reminds me of Felix the Cat. One of the best-loved cartoon characters of the 1920s, Felix was not only black. He was also very, very lucky. And that pretty much sums up the 44th president of the US as he takes a well-earned summer break after just over six months in the world's biggest and toughest job.

Well, Ferguson did use the word "black" so his intent is pretty clear. Give me a break.

If you listen to the Left you would think that racist boogie men lurk behind every bush. This simply isn't the case. Not everyone who thinks that Obama is in the process of fast tracking this country to Hell is a closet klansman. Liberals who throw around labels indiscriminately do their cause no favors.

You can bet that as time passes, criticism of the President will increase. Liberals have every right to counter that criticism but they would be wise to cut the crap and stick to facts.

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