I just have to sigh and shake my head whenever the printed media publishes another one
of their cartoons, depicting Barack and/or Michelle in demeaning, racist ways. While I'm not too big a fan of Al Sharpton, I do think the outrage is justified. Perhaps if people had made a bigger fuss when The New Yorker published its cover, the NY Post wouldn't have been so bold (and so dumb).
While it angers me, there's a part of me that pities people who fall for this ruse, both the creators and the consumers of such comedy of errors. Unlike Shakespeare's aforementioned piece, no one should be laughing in the end. Blacks are not chimps. There is nothing wrong with a black woman and a black man who give each other a fist bump. Etcetera.
But I digress...yes, when used properly, satire and parody can be quite thought-provoking and
even more, parody can also be entertaining. What I'm noticing, more recently within the last year, is that some creators and consumers do not understand what a satire is and what a parody is and how they differ.
Part of me gets angry because, well, the creators should have high school diplomas (at the least) and the consumers, well, that's another story given that the NEA's survey of literacy in this country shows dismal reading rates.
Do not be fooled by the labels "satire" and "parody"; be[a]ware of the content
itself to understand the message.
Now, I won't bother going into explanations of the two. Instead, I'll leave you with a truly GREAT parody. Unlike that cartoon printed in the NY Post, this is a much better example of how one can parody a facet of our culture. Enjoy.