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November 5, 2007

Politically Incorrect Comic of the Week

Filed under: Bill Bickel, comic strips, comics, humor, politically incorrect, Shoe comic strip — Cidu Bill @ 3:11 pm

gays-r-us1.gifI figured this was a category whose time had come. Just for the record, this only applies to humor strips, so please don’t send me any B.C. or Mallard Fillmore.


  1. I understand the exclusion of Mallard Fillmore, but surely B.C. qualifies as a humor strip. Sure, it’s not a good humor strip, but it usually attempts to make a joke.

    Comment by Autumnal Harvest — November 5, 2007 @ 6:54 pm

  2. B.C. has long since become a soapbox for Johnny Hart’s religious fundamentalism and ultra-conservative views. Shoe might make a joke that offends some people. For B.C., the joke is often secondary to the religious or political statement.

    “Political incorrectness” is meaningless when you’re deliberately going against the grain.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 5, 2007 @ 7:00 pm

  3. Chris Cassatt and Bill Brookins need to stop peeing on the grave of Jeff MacNelly — they’ve turned what was once a folksy, fairly amusing and sometimes hilarious strip into a slightly-better-than-Garfield series of one-liners. And unfortunately this is probably an attempt at being hip rather than politically incorrect. Let it go, guys — the two of you are half the cartoonist (at best) that MacNelly was.

    Comment by LostInTarnation — November 5, 2007 @ 11:12 pm

  4. You forgot to include Doonesbury and Boondocks in your list of non-humor strips.

    Comment by DSkinner — November 5, 2007 @ 11:18 pm

  5. Yes, but they’re seldom politically incorrect.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 5, 2007 @ 11:28 pm

  6. As for this particular strip – in a way it’s only really insulting hetero men, right? Aren’t white hetero men and southerners the only groups that it’s still OK to make fun of? ; )

    Comment by L.B. Wylie — November 5, 2007 @ 11:33 pm

  7. Jehovah’s Witnesses are fair game. And the French.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 6, 2007 @ 12:05 am

  8. Yeah, it’s not like this is insulting to gay men. Straight men being pigs is still a politically okay stereotype.

    Comment by meep — November 6, 2007 @ 4:49 am

  9. It’s a cheap and easy joke, but not politically incorrect. At least not towards gays, I can see cartoonists taking offense.

    Doonesbury and Boondocks (if it ever comes back) use a mix of character humor, culture humor, and political humor. In each case they’re aiming for humor, so they qualify as humor strips.

    Comment by DPWally — November 6, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

  10. Ugh. Is this “All the best men out there are taken or gay! All the women love the gays!” gag still funny in the least? I suppose it’s shocking to see it on the funny pages, but it’s still a tired joke.

    Comment by Cedar — November 6, 2007 @ 6:10 pm

  11. complete side trip, but I just caught up on Beetle Bailey, and I couldn’t believe Lt Flap was asking Fuzz to see a movie called “Kiss & Tell”

    Comment by Rasheed — November 6, 2007 @ 8:22 pm

  12. Boondocks is seldom politically incorrect? I always found that strip to be pretty racist. Am I wrong? I really would love to be wrong here.

    Comment by bAT L. — November 7, 2007 @ 12:44 am

  13. McGruder’s black, so it’s okay. Haven’t you read the rules?

    I don’t say this as a criticism, by the way: McGruder was able to get away with saying things other cartoonists couldn’t, and that was sometimes a very good thing.

    As well as sometimes not.

    He was also the only mainstream comic strip artist who had the cojones to criticize the Bush Administration immediately after 9/11 — and whether you agreed with him or disagreed with him, you can’t deny it took guts.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 7, 2007 @ 1:02 am

  14. The day after I wrote the above a coworker of African descent stopped watching The Boondocks because of their flagrant use of the N word. Besides, I don’t really believe in that rule as you can still get beat up for saying certain things no matter what color you identify with.

    Comment by bAT L. — November 8, 2007 @ 1:36 am

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