Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Blame the Satire

MTV draws fire for cartoon.

In it [the cartoon], a look-alike of rap star Snoop Dogg strolls into a pet shop with two bikini-clad black women on leashes. They hunch over on all fours and scratch themselves as he orders one of them to "hand me my latte." At the end of the segment, the Snoopathon Dogg Esquire character dons a rubber glove to clean up excrement left on the floor by one of the women.

MTV defended the cartoon as satire.

But several prominent blacks, including New York Daily News columnist Stanley Crouch, condemned the segment as misogynist, racist and crude, and they questioned the sincerity of MTV's contention that it was satirizing the outlandish behavior of a real-life rapper.

Crouch suggested in a column this week that the "Where My Dogs At?" segment was an extension of dehumanizing images contained in gangsta rap videos aired by MTV and projected "around the world as 'real' black culture."

So we deal with the problem by blaming the cartoon, and not what spawned the cartoon in the first place? Sounds ass-backwards to me, but then again, what the hell do I know?


Blogger A Fan For All Seasons said...

The Lonely Libertarian is dead on for once. MTV had every right to air the cartoon and defend it. The point of satire is to poke fun at behavior such as Snoop Doggs with wit. The fact that a response can be stirred is testement to good satire. However, Crouch and other activists need to speak out against rappers who insist on portraying themselves in a "gangsta" manner. If these activists don't like the way blacks are being portrayed, then blame the blacks who give out such an image.

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