Back By Popular Demand: “Learn to Speak Tea Bag”
Because Mark Fiore has been having a really, REALLY good/bad kind of day:
Below the fold you can see a bit more about what kind of day I am talking about.
“Learn to Speak Tea Bag” ran on my usual client sites, including NPR, which really set off the guys over here, here (note Condi giving child flowers down by "donate" button), here, here and here.
Before you could say, “due to a pre-existing condition, your health
coverage has been denied,” there was a full-fledged viral campaign by
right-wing media outlets and blogs to jump, scream and shout about this
animation. Which, to me, is just great!
I say that not because I get some thrill out of receiving emails
that are in all capital letters or have more exclamation points than
letters in the alphabet, I say that because one of the most important
functions of a political cartoon, or political animation, is to foster
a discussion. With thousands of comments posted, loads of emails and
tweets, discussion was definitely fostered, and then some. It’s the
“then some” that worries me.
Of course discussion on the web is not known for its civility, but
it finally dawned on me the strangeness of receiving death threats at
the same time a crazed Somali extremist tried to kill cartoonist Kurt Westergaard.
Muslim extremist, meet Tea Party extremist. Tea Party extremist, meet Muslim extremist.
And just what set them off on their tirade with threats of violence? Supposedly calling them Teabaggers and using the term teabag... The very names the always angry, this time more insanely than usual, Teabgrrrrs came up with themselves.