Interesting article. Let's not get carried away, however. Trudeau ran a series during the 1980 elections, for example, called "Inside Ronald Reagan's Brain," the humor being something to the effect that the human brain begins dying at birth, therfore Ronald Reagan's brain had been dying for twenty years longer than Jimmy Carter's. While some may consider this humor, others at the time regarded it as liberal hate speech. We will not even discuss the Reagan family's suffering later. The question is, has this content been sanitized from Doonsebury's archives? And I can cite numerous other examples of offensive hate speech from this same source.
Robin Williams did something similiar in the film Good Morning Vietnam; the film originally had a very sick joke about the health of Reagan's brain, only it was made prior to the public announcement of Reagan's illness. The line has been dubbed over in subsequent releases. Rob Smith 19:42, 2 December 2007 (EST)
The question is, has this content been sanitized from Doonsebury's [sic] archives? Nope - Trudeau does not seem to be a fan of changing the record to fit what some people may consider as "offensive" - he tends to stand by his work.
And I can cite numerous other examples of offensive hate speech from this same source. That's why they don't force you to read the strip or force newpspers to carry it. It's called free speech. Claude 19:45, 2 December 2007 (EST)
There were actually two diferrent trips into Reagan's brain. One in 1980, which took the form of a satirical news report (ie, Reagan's brain produces a red mist which causes him to see the world with rose colored glasses). The other took place in (I believe) 1987, and took the form of an Indiana Jones type adventure, with a reporter searching for the missing Iran-Contra information. Both of the segments appeared in subsequent Doonesbury books, which were released prior to the announcement of Reagan's illness.
Let's face it, no one has a crystal ball, and what may seem like a funny joke one year may seem horribly inappropriate later. A reference to Dallas was removed from Dr. Strangelove, as Kennedy was killed right before the release. Dilbert creator Scott Adams once caught hell because he made a joke about nuns in the strip that was released (through unfortunate timing), the week Mother Thersea died.
After the announcement of Reagan's illness, he was not mentioned in Doonesbury again. Maestro 21:01, 2 December 2007 (EST)
- Yes, these are true and valid points. so the discussion turns to method. Trudeau was not discussing issues, rather chose ridicule to pursuade people in debating vital national issues. There is along history of this among so-called leftists. Since the late 80s, when Limbaugh, and later Ann Coulter and Mike Savage began using tried and tested libertal ideas about what is acceptable public discourse, then it provoked a reaction & controversy.
- I think Trudeau can & should expect to see the same garbage piled upon his 40 year life's work as we see daily piled upon Coulter & Limbaugh. He earned it. Rob Smith 16:59, 5 December 2007 (EST)
- And it doesn't seem to bother him. He begins every one of his (large format) books with a quote from a well-known person insulting his work (Such as Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump). Trudeau's just an especially popular political cartoonist. John McCain wrote a glowing introduction to the Doonesbury book 'The Long Road Home,' (proceedes of which go to the Fisher House, which houses the families of wounded veterans). And if you go to http://gocomics.typepad.com/the_sandbox/ you'll find the military blog Trudeau set up for soldiers in the field. They seem to like him. Maestro 21:57, 5 December 2007 (EST)