It’s not satisfying unless your target says “Yeah! Wait… hey!”July 16, 2008
“Have you seen this?” says Sean Wheatley, holding the magazine cover up in front of Tina.
“Yeah, I did,” Tina the Lesbian says with a groan.
“So how can you have the sign on your lawn of someone who is quite clearly a terrorist married to black militant,” says Lucia Wheatley. “Even the liberal elites at the New Yorker see this.”
“We thought it was a copy of National Review, but it’s even better that it’s not,” says Sean Wheatley.
“Um… that cover is supposed to making fun of the people who actually think that bullshit is true,” says Tina the Lesbian. “People like you.”
“Making fun of us how?” says Lucia Wheatley. “We’re not dressed up like terrorists and burning the American flag under a portrait of Osama bin Laden.”
“Yeah, we’re not even in this picture,” says Sean Wheatley. “How it can it be making fun of us if we’re not there?”
“It’s making fun of the way you think,” Tina the Lesbian says. “It’s a visualization of your unfounded ridiculous notions of Obama.”
“No, it’s an accurate representation and affirmation of what we correctly think about Obama,” says Lucia Wheatley.
“It’s like they took the nightmare out of our heads and put it on the cover of a magazine,” says Sean Wheatley. “It’s haunting.”
“No, you guys are haunting,” Tina the Lesbian says. “Do you two get satire?”
“Just basic cable,” says Sean Wheatley.
“Is it contagious?” says Lucia Wheatley.
This is where Tina the Lesbian points past the Wheatleys and says “Look, there’s a Planned Parenthood opening up right behind you!” And when they turn their heads she slams the door and hides in her bedroom where she ponders whether satire is truly effective if the satiree doesn’t know they’re being satirized. Should satire cut like Ninja Vicki, where the target never knows they’ve been cut down by an unseen assailant? Or should it cut like Samurai Cathy where the target thinks they haven’t been cut in half and they laugh about it until their upper half slowly slides away from their lower half and they get that concerned and pained look on their face as they fall apart?