When I saw this Robert Smigel cartoon (“The Obama Files”) on “Saturday Night Live” last week, I thought it was hilarious. But some folks are taking offense.
On MSNBC last night, Dan Abrams devoted a segment to the cartoon, asking in all seriousness whether it could’ve cost Barack Obama votes.
I think Dan Abrams needs to go back to covering missing white women, because he’s a total waste of space as a political analyst and media sage. (His nightly Democratic campaign “scorecard” is a joke.)
Meanwhile, some commenters at the official “SNL” website had their jaws tight. Real tight.
“This is disgusting and racist. SHAME ON YOU NBC!”
“This is very racist! Sharpton has not endorsed Obama, and Jackson has been quite critical of him, so why is Obama shown with these two figures?”
“There is little doubt that the makers of this cartoon had racist intent. Portraying a Black man wearing a dog collar is at least as insensitive as calling members of a college basketball team ‘nappy-headed hoes.’ ”
“This is really a low blow.”
What say you?