Sunday, May 19, 2013

Sandcastle Terrorist

Nick Danforth, Georgetown University

This sandcastle map of Manhattan comes from what is undoubtedly one of the New Yorker's most retroactively shocking covers. Published after the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993, the image suggests that whatever other nonsense people have said about how 9/11 changed everything, it certainly made jokes about destroying the World Trade Center a lot less acceptable. Also perhaps indicative of a slightly more innocent era is the artist's absurd decision to make the terrorist as a freckled, red-haired kid, then give him a kaffiyeh. Surely drawing an all-american rascal dressing up as an Arab to be a terrorist wouldn't be as offensive as drawing an Arab kid as the terrorist...