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

(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."