My assignment was to come up with a logo for this year's church fiesta. I try to do a "theme" every year and since 2008 features a national election, I told all the powers-that-be well in advance that I was planning to do a happy, little cartoon of the symbols of the two major political parties gleefully having fun in one of the fiesta rides. So this is what I did, after many hours of sketching and scanning and squinting at pixels (see above).
*POW!* Shot down . . . because it was deemed too political. In fact, it was suggested that some people might be "offended" by it.
I can only assume one (or more) of the following:
- It is offensive to those who might not be able to participate in the elections because of they are (a) undocumented aliens, or (b) convicted felons, or (c) both.
- It is offensive to "carnies" since they would love to bring a union into their gypsy lifestyle but the man is keeping them down, and it's no laughing matter, people!
- It is offensive to members of PETA because it clearly exploits animals by making them do cheap tricks in a carnival setting.
- It is offensive to Democrats because it sublimally supports the GOP since the elephant is bigger than the donkey, although my Little Golden Book of the Animal Kingdom always told me that zoologically speaking, yeah, elephants are bigger.
- It is offensive to the GLBT community because the relationship is obviously mixed and if I cared, I would have made it two asses.
Anybody want to take a guess? Because for the life of me, I just don't see it as a political cartoon. Or offensive.
Thomas Nast must be rolling in his grave.