Politics, Foreign Policy, Current Events and Occasional Outbursts Lacking Couth

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Bad Penguin

The Washington Post and other papers refused to run Berk Breathed's (of Bloom County fame) Opus strip last week because it was deemed "controversial." God knows newspapers very much go out of their way to avoid anything controversial. Just ask soon to be ex-Senator Larry Craig...

"A popular comic strip that poked fun
at the Rev. Jerry Falwell without incident one week ago was deemed too
controversial to run over the weekend because this time it took a
humorous swipe at Muslim fundamentalists.
The Washington Post and several other newspapers around the country did not
run Sunday's installment of Berkeley Breathed's "Opus," in which the
spiritual fad-seeking character Lola Granola appears in a headscarf and
explains to her boyfriend, Steve, why she wants to become a radical
The installment did not appear in the
Post's print version, but it ran on and
The same will hold true for the upcoming Sept. 2 strip, which is a
continuation of the plotline."

Read the entire strip here. I found it quite funny and thought it gave just as much a poke to the eternally horny American male as it did fanatical Islam. How is it we've arrived at a place and time where joking about, in even the slightest sense, a fanatical subsect of a religion with gallons of blood on their hands is not okay? No small wonder we are quite badly losing the information battle in this so called Long War.

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deichmans said...

Proof positive that the radical Salafist 5GWarriors have stolen a march on the rest of us. Sum it up to the WaPost lacking the moral courage of the Danish papers who mocked the Prophet...

Jay@Soob said...

Indeed shane. The Salafists are graduating from utilizing the media to mastering it. And we're watching it happen and not doing much of anything about it.