Comics I Don’t Understand – This site is now being updated daily at Please change your bookmark if necessary, and notify any web site with a link to the old address.

November 26, 2007

What Were They Thinking?



  1. Is “Ay Chihuahua!” even a Spanish (not Mexican or other Latin American) expression?

    I think there’s going to be some nasty letters over this one.

    Comment by Chris — November 26, 2007 @ 4:24 pm

  2. So I guess the French are getting a break on this joke for a while?

    Comment by Lola — November 26, 2007 @ 4:40 pm

  3. Funny you should say that, Lola, as I was just thinking about how oddly Gallic that man on the far right looks.

    But yeah–pretty unfunny, and it doesn’t even make sense.

    Comment by Cedar — November 26, 2007 @ 5:12 pm

  4. O.M.G!

    Comment by Its justme — November 26, 2007 @ 6:56 pm

  5. If you give the cartoonist the benefit of a doubt, he might have been aiming for the idea of a very hot bath (something with some amount of discomfort, but not nearly as dangerous as running with the bulls) as opposed to the mere notion of taking a bath.

    Comment by M. Dabney — November 26, 2007 @ 9:03 pm

  6. Nope, I had the same reaction.

    That being said, does anyone else see a profound way that the art of this panel has chanced recently? It makes me wonder who’d drawing it now.

    Comment by Elliott — November 26, 2007 @ 11:08 pm

  7. Isn’t it usually Mexicans who are racistly considered dirty, rather than Spaniards?

    Comment by Powers — November 27, 2007 @ 6:46 am

  8. I actually thought this was sort of funny. I think most of us have run a bath too hot, get in (or stick a toe in), and then not be able to get out fast enough. I think that is the idea of the comic.

    Comment by Julie — November 27, 2007 @ 10:54 am

  9. I’m absolutely giving Mr. Lee the benefit of the doubt in that I don’t believe he intended to draw a racist strip — and I’m sure that until the feedback began, he didn’t realize he had; but somewhere along the way there had to have been somebody who looked at this and said “Ay, Chihuahua!”

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 27, 2007 @ 4:28 pm

  10. Powers #7

    Yes, it’s a Mexican stereotype, but by having the character say “Ay Chihuahua,” he’s making the character not so much Spanish, but Mexican. Unless that phrase was coined by Cervantes.

    Comment by Cedar — November 27, 2007 @ 7:20 pm

  11. It’s amazing how many people think the only Spanish-speaking country on Earth is Mexico, and that all “Hispanics” look like mestizos from northern Mexico.

    Comment by Charlene — November 28, 2007 @ 12:00 am

  12. Hey, if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck….

    Comment by Johny B. — November 28, 2007 @ 4:39 pm

  13. …which applies here how, exactly, Johny?

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 28, 2007 @ 4:41 pm

  14. If you need to ask, maybe you shouldn’t.

    Comment by Johny B. — November 28, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

  15. Nonetheless I am asking, because I’m wondering whether you’re making a reference to comics that appear to be racist, or to Mexicans.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 28, 2007 @ 5:29 pm

  16. OK, besides the obvious comments made earlier, I am supporting the “statement” made by the cartoonist. He is stereotyping – true or not but funny none the less – these people pictured.

    I suggest you query the artist if you have any questions about his unwritten intentions. He penned it, I just chuckled and commented.

    Racey enough to get into your CIDU site, eh?

    Comment by Johny B. — November 28, 2007 @ 6:07 pm

  17. Oh, we never question the cartoonists. In fact, we discourage them from writing in to comment on their own comics at all: They had their opportunity to make their intentions clear. If they haven’t done so, now it’s our turn.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 28, 2007 @ 6:36 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: