I wrote about the New York Post's monkey cartoon over on NBC New York.
Much like the post I wrote for Fanhouse around this time last year when LeBron and Gisele Bundchen posed for a controversial Vogue cover shoot, I don't really get the hubbub. These images strike me as racial Rorschach tests; they reveal more about your own personal racialized perspective, than actual objective truth on malicious racist intent.
Also, in the post I didn't get to include my two scientific nits on this matter:
1. monkeys and chimps aren't the same. check the wiki.
2. monkey scientists are telling us there's only 2% difference between the DNA of chimps and humans, so technically, the insult wouldn't be that far off from the truth. And is universally applicable to blacks, whites, asians etc. So, like, Irina Shayk is almost a monkey too! It's really not such a bad deal in that case, right Al?
anyways, that's all kind of silly and beside the point. But I do wonder, especially here in NYC, when will Black people get the monkey off their back? Will there ever be a time I can call my president a monkey, and have it just be a corny joke about how he walks to the bathroom on all fours with weight on his knuckles or something? If any city should be able to roll their eyes at this, you figure it would be NYC. It's not like we think Obama's stressing any of this, right? If Irina Shayk doesn't care if you call her a monkey, why should Jessica White? All seems a little silly, or curious.
Anyape, give me a banana, some hi-fives from a cute girl, and I'm all good-- racial associations be damned.
Post Cartoon Is Not Worth Protesting Over [NBC NY]
Vogue Is Not Saying Give LeBron A Banana [TAN, AOL Fanhouse]