Monday, June 06, 2005

"Looks Like An Israeli"

At least Bush wasn't walking like an Egyptian.
A doctored poster of President George W. Bush -- sporting Groucho Marx's dark eyebrows, mustache and stogie -- was supposed to promote a high school play.
But for award-winning drama students at El Camino Real High School, it turned out to be a stark lesson in free speech. The poster was close, but no cigar.

After one student complained last week, school officials ordered a hundred of the posters ripped from the Woodland Hills campus on grounds they promoted smoking and political preference.


The controversy began when students of the theater department created the poster, paid for by the school, to promote their new play, "The Complete History of America (Abridged)," a zany spoof on the last 500 years.

Because the jacket of the original play depicts George Washington with a Groucho treatment, students thought their production promo deserved a fresh look.

So on Dubya's sleepy-eyed mug they dabbed black bushy brows, a thick mustache and a lit Macanudo cigar. Dubya stood for politics; Groucho for satire. Perfect twin symbols of their play, they reasoned.

All went well until a high school senior and Bush supporter wrote a letter of complaint to the administration last week for the way the president was depicted, according to teachers and students. The complaining student added that Bush was also made to look "like an Israeli."

"We had one student who was very upset," Lee said. "So much turmoil within himself, he was distraught..."

Good grief. Turmoil within himself? Distraught? What a wuss.


At 10:51 AM, Blogger Jeff Huber said...

Given Dubya's ability to mangle the English language, they should have cast him as Chico.


At 10:57 AM, Blogger Capitola said...

ha! Bush is being called a Lame Duck -- maybe the school should do an updated version of "Duck Soup"?

yeah, that's the ticket.

At 11:03 AM, Blogger Jeff Huber said...

I think the whole country's doing an updated version of Duck Soup--with the entire Warner Bros. stable of commedians. How would you cast it? Here are some of my picks.

Cheney: W.C. Fields
Dubya: Chico Marx
Carl Rove: Edgar Bergen
Joe Lieberman: Jack Benny
John Kerry: Ben Blue

Can't think of a good choice for Cheney. Maybe because I can't see anything funny about him. Fibber Magee, maybe?


At 10:47 AM, Blogger Musmanno said...

People are too sensitive. The students should be able to use any artwork they like (short of the obscene). That's what the 1st Amendment is for. That includes, if they were so inclined, using religious symbols. But if they did that, they'd also be shut down and guess which side would be complaining this time.

What is the deal with everyone feeling it necessary to force their view of the world on everyone else?


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