Dispatches From the Moderate Left

Friday, March 24, 2006

Picture of the Week

This is why I don't drop by the hate fueled world of the Little Green Football very often:

Normal people looking at this would see a fairly bland anti-racism poster, the sort that comes out of beuraucratic governmental organisations all the time. Little pieces make up the whole puzzle, racism can take different forms, building blocks make up a wall of hat, yada, yada. Not Charles Johnson, no. He sees this as proof positive that the UN is in league with the islamofascists because that red brick is Lego and Lego is Danish and there was recently a cartoon controversy in Denmark and so this brick means the UN is "on the wrong side of the cartoon jihad". Of course. And in case you needed proof... the poster is also printed in (get this) Arabic!!

My head hurts.

Update: I accidentally followed the clicky-link from that article to a Malkin article on the poster. Now my head really hurts:
With all due respect, those giving the U.N. the benefit of the doubt and advocating this benign interpretation are looking at the graphic bass-ackwards. The puzzle pieces represent unity and tolerance; the red LEGO represents a blaring, non-conformist, and unacceptable "shape of racism." Some readers write in that no one knows who makes Danish-based LEGO toy pieces. Have you all been snoozing through the Cartoon Jihad conflagration or what? If you can't see the poster for the Islamist-pandering piece of propaganda that it is, there's nothing I can do to help you.


  • atually it's Malkin's interpretation that I first thought of when i saw the pic (trying to view it from LGF's angle).

    the red block's size, shape and colour seems to emphasise aggressive difference...

    maybe OHCHR needs to change graphic designers...

    By Blogger John Lee, at 4:18 PM  

  • Maybe it's a joke about taking mere images too seriously.

    By Blogger Splat Guy, at 12:01 PM  

  • @John
    (trying to view it from LGF's angle).
    That’s the problem IMO. You have to begin with their pre-determined radical biases to even begin to see something wrong here.

    Malkin and LGF don’t joke. Seriously :).

    By Blogger Jeremy, at 12:03 PM  

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