New York Gov. David Paterson and the NAACP on Thursday condemned the New Yorker magazine’s satirical cover depicting Democrat Barack Obama and his wife as flag-burning radicals.
Paterson, a Democrat who is New York’s first black governor, told delegates at the civil rights organization’s national convention that the cover that hit newsstands Monday is “one of the most malignant, vicious covers of a magazine I have ever seen,” drawing a loud applause.
“It depicted them as angry, hateful, violent and unpatriotic,” Paterson added.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People released a resolution that calls the cover “tasteless, Islam-a-phobic, mean spirited and racially offensive.” It calls on other Americans who are offended by the cover to contact the magazine about their concerns.
A message seeking comment from the New Yorker was left at the magazine’s offices on Thursday.
The cover depicts Obama in traditional Muslim clothing while his wife, Michelle, has an assault rifle slung over one shoulder and is dressed in camouflage and combat boots with her hair in an Afro. The cover shows them bumping fists as an American flag burns in a fireplace behind them and a portrait of Osama bin Laden hangs above the mantel.
The magazine has said it uses satire “to hold up a mirror to prejudice, the hateful, and the absurd. And that’s the spirit of this cover.” (MORE)