Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Some people don't like Opus

Hey, Look what Jeremy found.

There's this woman who didn't like last Sunday's Opus, and she wrote a letter to the editor of her paper about it. Here goes:
To the Editor of the San Diego Union Tribune,
The comic strip “Opus” by Berkeley Breathed should be discontinued immediately.
This Sunday’s strip depicted three characters talking about a child of their acquaintance with two mothers. They speculate “Makes you wonder how he’ll do without a male role model in the house.” The visual answer to that an angry, inebriated, misogynist father throwing a TV out the window and swearing at the baseball player.
The comic should be pulled immediately, for these reasons.
1. It wasn’t funny.
2. It was mean.
3. It was anti-male, anti-father hate speech. If you doubt that, imagine if the images had been reversed: an innocent white male married father confronts an unattractive out of control gay person. The Human Rights Campaign would go ballistic. In my opinion, this comic is reason enough for happily married women to go ballistic at the intentional assault on their husbands.
4. It was in extremely poor taste to run an anti-father cartoon the week before Fathers Day.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.
Ironically, she was referring to Steve Dallas, who was in fact gay until he was "cured" by electro-shock therapy. Now a serious suggestion that zapping homos will make us straight and somehow that's all desirable actually is offensive, but I don't think that the HRC was all up in arms about that one. But hey, complain first, ask questions later.

But I seriously don't think that the problem with declining readership of the comics is that they're part of the liberal, anti-father cabal.

1 comment:

Simon Crowley said...

This woman "writes and speaks about love, marriage, sexuality and the family" and refers to herself as "Dr." and "Ph.D." every single chance she gets, as though her doctorate in economics makes her any kind of authority on "the family," whatever the fuck that means.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go suck a cock or four to get the taste of reading her blog out of my mouth.