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Like many progressives – especially Jewish and queer progressives – I’ve been pretty unhappy with the Women’s March organization this week.
For those of you unfamiliar with this story, this Atlantic article offers a recap. It’s a story that I felt I HAD to comment on. I expect this kind of behavior from the right, but not from allies.
All of the things “Louis” says in this cartoon, are close paraphrases of things Louis Farrakhan has actually said; making the characters into bizarre bird creatures is my way of making his cartoonish bigotry into comedy. At least, that’s what I’m attempting.
I’ve been a fan of the women’s march organization in the past. But I don’t think their goals are compatible with their leadership accepting, and praising, the left’s most prominent antisemite, homophobe, and transphobe.
I don’t believe that the Women’s March is beyond redemption. With luck, the pressure and criticism they’ve been getting from the left will convince them to make needed changes; I’m hoping this cartoon can be a small drop in that larger torrent.
“Jewbird out!” is one of those punchlines that I just can’t explain. The line cracked me up, but will other humans find it funny? I can’t tell until I put the cartoon out there and see how people respond.
You’ll notice the lack of colors; I wanted to get this cartoon out quickly, and skipping the color seemed like a reasonable place to streamline my process for this cartoon. That aside, and despite being drawn in a rush, I think this cartoon looks pretty good.
Transcript of Cartoon
Two anthropomorphic birds are standing and chatting in a nest. They have human bodies (and clothes) but bird heads. A third bird, wearing a suit with a bow tie and rectangular glasses, flies in from the right side; this bird, we will find out, is named Louis.
BIRD 1: This is our nest! I hope you find it welcoming.
BIRD 2: It looks great! I’m really–
BIRD 1: Have you met my pal Louis? He’s such a great bird.
BIRD 2: Uh…
LOUIS: Jews are the mother and father of apartheid!
BIRD 1: I don’t agree with everything Louis says, but…
BIRD 2: I’m Jewish and queer. I’m really not comfortable in this nest.
LOUIS: The wicked Jews promote filth lebsianism and homosexuality!
Bird 2 is flying away from the nest as she speaks.
BIRD 1: But you’re safe and welcome in this nest. We oppose ALL bigotry.
LOUIS: Degenerate Hollywood Jews are turning men into women and women into men!
BIRD 2: Jewbird OUT! Bye!