Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Humor: When it really isn't funny!

I'm a big fan of political humor. In "olden times" it was used to highlight things which were happening socially and politically which needed to be addressed, but couldn't; and so the hidden meanings were critical.

A Malaysian newspaper has published a cartoon about the Tsunami which I find tasteless--as did many others who saw it.


Some things just shouldn't be joked about.

The article in the San Francisco Chronicle says it all and helps explain the charicature:

"A Malaysian newspaper has apologized for printing a caricature of Japanese cartoon superhero Ultraman comically trying to outrun a tsunami.
Malaysians reacted with a tirade of anger after the Malay-language Berita Harian daily newspaper published the cartoon Sunday. Critics vented on Twitter and Facebook and some called for a boycott of the paper.

The apology issued on the paper's website and on social newtworking sites said Berita Harian had "no intention of poking fun" at the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on Friday.
The newspaper expressed sympathy and said it shared "the sorrow of the Japanese people.""

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/03/13/international/i210532D07.DTL#ixzz1GbPE5mG0

Some things just aren't funny. And I am left to wonder what they really meant.
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