The prankster Republican Committee officials of Loudoun County, Virginia decided to invite families to their local Halloween parade this year with a photo montage featuring Barack Obama with a bullet hole in his head, just to inject a little holiday-themed murder fun into the stale mix of vulgar anti-Obama right-wing mass email tropes. HILARIOUS!
Strangely enough, the part of the humorless political correctness police is being played this evening by Virginia’s state GOP officials, who condemned the email and told Loudoun County to knock it the hell off. Not strangely, Loudoun County Republican chairman Mark Sell offered a boneheaded response wondering why everyone had to be so serious about their little assassination “joke.”
“The Loudoun County Republican Committee yesterday sent an email to its members that represented a light-hearted attempt to inject satire humor into the Halloween holiday,’’ Sell wrote. Apparently, some individuals have interpreted an image of Barack Obama that appeared within the email as intending to portray the president as a victim of a violent crime. Nothing could be further from the truth, and we deeply and sincerely apologize to the president and anyone who viewed the image if that was the impression that was left.
Ah yes, faulty artistic interpretation is the problem here, and everyone is just missing the nuanced impression behind the picture. You are all terrible cretins, next to distinguished Republican art scholar Mark Sell. [WaPo]