by Scoobie Davis
Great Moments in Good Taste
Those of you familiar with this blog know that I am a big fan of cartoonist Jack Chick's work. Make no mistake, Chick is a neanderthal and a bigot. Chick's lurid tracts mercilessly pummel and impugn the motives of Catholics, gays and lesbians, people who think the earth is older than 5000 years, and anyone who doesn't hold Chick's narrow views. I enjoy dissecting Chick's propaganda techniques. For instance, Chick believes non-fundamentalist Christians are not only wrong but mean-spirited; for instance, in his tract The Tycoon, he portrays Buddhist monks as heavies (e.g., one of them orders his henchmen to eject a fundamentalist from a ceremony, yelling, "Get this creep out of here!"). These gross caricatures are unintentionally funny. Recently, Chick reached a new low in bad taste with his latest tract Who Cares? which incorporates 9/11 into the story. UPDATE: on the issue of bad taste, there's a new episode of Hard Drinkin' Lincoln.