Gawker Zings New Yorker's 'Racist' Caption

'You chose this as contest finalist?'

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 21, 2010 3:28 AM CDT | Updated Sep 21, 2010 5:51 AM CDT

(Newser) – Gawker is slamming a New Yorker cartoon that's part of the magazine's weekly caption contest as "pretty racist." The cartoon shows an apparent executive in a cowboy-like hat talking on the phone and crouched behind his desk as he's being fired at with arrows. The winning caption? "Quick, give them a casino." We're all "post-racial liberal elites here who love us some New Yorker cartoons," notes writer Adrian Chen. But "seriously, New Yorker cartoon editors? You chose this as a finalist? And, seriously, New Yorker readers, you voted for it?"

Gawker guesses at a caption that probably very nearly made the cut: "Dang redskins tryin' to steal my Blackberry!" Oh, the magazine probably intended an "ironic commentary on the half-hearted reparations Indians have received ... or something," Chen adds. "But still—it's just dumb."

Gawker is blasting this caption chosen as the winner in the New Yorker's weekly contest picking the best cartoon caption.
Gawker is blasting this caption chosen as the winner in the New Yorker's weekly contest picking the best cartoon caption.   (New Yorker magazine)
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