A Little Bit of Knowledge...

Sunday, February 19, 2006
What do these these images have in common?



The answer is: Michael Leunig and Evil Bert. The first picture comes from a recent Motoons protest in NYC, the second from a 2001 demonstration in Bangladesh supporting the Taliban. Some trickster submitted one of Leunig's cartoons to the Iranian newspaper's anti-semitic cartoon contest; evidently a quick websearch led the protesters to connect him to the Danish cartoons because, well, he is a cartoonist. What makes this funny is that Leunig is a sensitive supporter of the Islamists. Something similar happened with the Evil Bert poster: someone in Bangladesh went looking for Osama images to put on the banners and up popped Bert. So it goes in a world where the internet puts the raw materials at everyone's fingertips but where actual knowlege is sometimes in short supply.

The best response to all this is laughter and ridicule. Yeah, I'm cruel that way.

6 comments:

David Thomson said...

Michael Leunig reminds one of the “useful idiots” during the Soviet era. Many of them were stunned that Joseph Stalin had turned against them. After all, had they not been committed Communists?

babushka said...

Robert Avrech last August: "they believe that when the time comes they will sit down with Osama
bin Laden and cut a deal. Imagine how surprised
they�ll be when the cold blade hits their necks.
Imagine their shock when they realize there is no
negotiating with barbarians; that Osama makes no
distinctions between Democrats and Republicans,
between observant Jew and Buddhist chanting Jew. I
hope it never comes to that, but imagine such a story
line."

Buddy Larsen said...

Two Irish cops are surveilling the brothel across the street.

They see a Baptist minister walk into the brothel, and one of them said, "Aye, 'tis a shame to see a man of the cloth goin' bad."

Then they see a Rabbi enter the brothel, and the other says, "Aye, 'tis a shame to see that the Jews are fallin' victim to temptation as well."

Then they see a Catholic priest enter the brothel, and both say, "What a pity...one of the girls must be dying!"

Peter UK said...

The same two guys bought a shebeen when they retired,unfortunately it wasn't in Massachusetts and so went bankrupt.
What to do next,"I know",said one,"Lets open a brothel".his friend replied,"To be sure,if we couldn't get them to buy the booze,they'll never buy the broth".

Buddy Larsen said...

aye, Paddy, aye....

terrye said...

Peter and buddy...you guys are beyond the pale yourselves.

I think I saw something on timblair about Leunig's cartoons being entered in the anti semitic cartoon contest. It would be a hoot if the idiot won. Vile little man that he is.