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Totally Inoffensive GOP Caricature April 23, 2011

Posted by Mary W. Matthews in Humor, Politics.
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Our story so far: A few days ago, an Orange County, California birther (and Tea Puppet official) named Marilyn Davenport “privately” sent a despicably racist caricature to a few hundred of her closest friends, those who she knew would understand that calling the first black president of the United States a chimpanzee was all in good fun, and anyone who thought her caricature was offensive was obviously a humorless godless commie socialist progressive liberal Nazi-lover. Or, in Davenport’s words, “Oh, come on! Everybody who knows me knows that I am not a racist. It was a joke. I have friends who are black. Besides, I only sent it to a few people — mostly people I didn’t think would be upset by it.”

A very smart blogger named Jon Ponder came up with this photo, which he calls a “lame attempt at humor.” It is the same photograph that Davenport doctored, but Mr. Ponder’s doctoring took a different tack.

I also agreed with Mr. Ponder’s comment, “One way to know that you’re a half-wit is when you project exasperation that anyone would be offended by a racist email you sent in one breath, and then assert that you only sent it to people you ‘didn’t think would be upset by it’ in the next — a group that presumably did not included your purported African-American friends.

“[Unlike Davenport’s non-apology ‘apology,’] our apology for this patently offensive image is clear, unequivocal, and deeply sincere:

“We apologize to chimpanzees everywhere for drawing a comparison between their intelligence and that of Marilyn Davenport and George Bush. Chimpanzees are way smarter than either of those two half-wits.”

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