Ted Rall: Bad Obama Artist or Racist Obama Artist?

If you don’t know who Ted Rall is, you’ve never read the alternative media which is not really the alternative to anything. Ted Rall is a left-wing cartoonist who in recent years complained a lot about not getting enough work and proposed a revolution to take over the country.

Now he’s being accused of racism because his Obama has a bit of a chimpy look.


If you showed me that out of context, I wouldn’t think it was Obama. But I don’t really get ape from it either. It looks more like a black George W. Bush cartoon crossed with Homer Simpson.

Still the White Privilege gang at Daily Kos decided it looked chimpy (which Rorschach-like, probably says something about them) but they wouldn’t have complained if Rall didn’t appear to be repeating “right-wing” talking points.

So Ted Rall unveiled a new cartoon, which is one of his not-half-bad ones. Not art-wise, but concept-wise.


The irony though is that he’s still revisiting Republican gags from three years ago. Except with more drones.

“Of course, all humans are apes. We share 99.4% of our DNA with chimpanzees. Which is why I look like an ape and Brad Pitt looks like an ape and Dick Cheney looks like an ape. To not draw Obama the same way I draw everyone else, to make him look less ape-like than everyone else, seems f___ up,” Rall wrote.


So Rall is fighting with DailyKos and fellow alternative media cartoonist you never heard of, the guy behind Tom the Dancing Bug, came to Rall’s defense with more “we’re all apes”.

As Ruben Bolling, creator of “Tom the Dancing Bug,” notes: anyone familiar with Rall’s work knows that crude, “ape-like” depictions of all races is basically his shtick. We’re primates, after all. And while a lot of the irrational anger directed at Obama is undoubtedly rooted in the irrational fear of melanin, it’s a bit tragic when the left cannibalizes one of its own.

Or hilarious. Your mileage will vary.

This isn’t bad for Ted Rall. Not really. He gets to once again do his real shtick, which is pretending to be to the left of the left, by calling them a bunch of censoring Obama apologists… which they actually are.

“From what I can tell, the vast majority of the criticism comes from white supporters of Obama who are willing to pretty much say anything in order to get their critics to shut up. It’s pretty shameful behavior. That’s what we saw coming from that administrator,” Rall wrote.

Daily Kos boss Markos Moulitsas replied, “I won’t justify my support for a new community driven rule of “don’t draw African Americans like monkeys”, with a healthy dose of “don’t be that white guy telling African Americans what is and isn’t racist” — because really, the reasons are pretty self-evident.”

That just goes to show you that Markos is a worse writer than Rall is an artist.

On Twitter Rall announced that he would begin drawing Obama differently. However he draws him, he’ll probably be unrecognizable. Until then, enjoy this unrecognizable, but sorta funny Obama cartoon.

Affordable Cartoon Act

  • Biff Henderson

    If I said taking a monkey out of the wild and handing him a wrench and told it to fix my car was analogous to Obama’s handling of foreign policy it would be accurate but it can be interpreted as a racial double entendre. The focus shifts to the dialogue dam of racial bigotry. If there’s no monkey with a wrench fabricate one and you smother the critique.

  • glpage

    The Daily Kos attacking Ted Rall is kind of like the Sunnis and Shias.

  • DogmaelJones1

    Speaking of cartoons, what I want to know is: Is Mickey Mouse considered “black”? How about Goofy? Or Daffy Duck? These are burning questions the Left has never attempted to answer. How about Foghorn Leghorn? Is that a racist caricature of a white good ol’ boy, or what? There’s such a treasure trove of “racism” in popular culture that the Left is just left sitting on the shelf.

    • Daniel Greenfield
      • DogmaelJones1

        Who knew, when the Frankfurt School relocated to the U.S. (to escape the Nazis), that its Critical Theory/deconstructionism and textual layer/onion-peeling obsession would be applied to…cartoons? Well, the left may be way ahead of me, but because I don’t monitor leftist insanity, I’m always the last the know.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          college kids are now taught to apply it to everything

          with common core, it’ll be taught to elementary school kids

          • DogmaelJones1

            Re college kids and Critical Theory: I address that subject in “The Deconstruction of Othello” on Rule of Reason and Family Security Matters.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            There’s nothing wrong with deconstruction. It’s the stupidity that gets people in to trouble with it.

      • Biff Henderson

        The original Angry Birds remind me of the Arab-Israeli conflict with the Pigs manning fortress Israel and the angry Arabs senselessly flinging themselves into the fray. I’m not sure but this franchise looks like the work of a anti-Semite front. It’s fun to interject politics into the toys of children.

    • Toa

      I’m currently organizing a movement to wage a massive protest against Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam, because they are highly insulting to white gun owners. :D

  • Anukem Jihadi

    It reminds me of a black Homer Simpson too.

  • CurmudgyOne

    A photo of obama is cartoonish enough for me. There’s nothing amusing about anything he does, and mere satire istoo weak for the war we’re in.

  • Habbgun

    Alternative newspapers were the great rehearsal grounds for the modern Democratic party. Newspapers that looked like grass roots publications put out by what were actually large media outfits paying starvation wages to provide content to frightened white kids who knew they weren’t going to have their parents living standards and wanted at least to retain intellectual white privilege while soaking in drugs, movies and music. Rall worked the white guy as corporate victim angle beautifully. Is the Obama depiction racist? Damn straight it is but he wants to make Obama threatening so his readers can feel sorry for themselves after marching around and pushing Obama down the throat of everyone else. .

    • Daniel Greenfield

      That’s how lefty activism always works

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “And while a lot of the irrational anger directed at Obama is undoubtedly rooted in the irrational fear of melanin, it’s a bit tragic when the left cannibalizes one of its own.”

    Yes, eat only conservatives if you want to be a loyal comrade.

    • Michael Garfinkel

      I’m sorry, but I don’t see racism in the cartoons or in the attitude of the cartoonist.

      But the whole “racism” bit is habitually used by the left to harass and intimidate anyone who sees through their manipulative lies, as we know. Why buy into this malicious subterfuge?

      There’s nothing “irrational” about fear of Obama. The man is the chief executive of the United States, he is deeply arrogant and misguided, and he has surrounded himself with subordinates who seem devoted to the same attitudes with even less moderation.

      I’m very afraid of the damage this man has done, and has yet to do – and I could care less about his “race.”

      I’m quite sure that’s the case generally.

  • worldwatchman

    My belief is that the blacks have either a smaller brain or defective genes that cause them to do irrational things. This isn’t a slam but, there has to be a difference between light and darker humans. This isn’t giving whites a high five but, when you look at all the different events in history past and present involving dark skin people, there seems to be chaos wherever they live. I’m not trying to display prejudice but, I truly wonder if there isn’t scientific proof of this.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “My belief is that the blacks have either a smaller brain or defective genes that cause them to do irrational things.”

      My belief is that people who come up with theories that have no substantial evidence either must have a smaller brain or defective genes to cause them to think irrational things.

      Because culture makes a far bigger difference than any organic differences you might be able to find.

      “I’m not trying to display prejudice but, I truly wonder if there isn’t scientific proof of this.”

      No, there’s not. There are a few inadequate studies that ignore all of the other evidence.

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  • belphegor69

    Rall takes any Admin. to task, Bush neocon dopes or Obama liberal interventionist dopes. No one is above criticism, that’s what I like about Rall. Keep up the good work.
    The Left loved him when he was against Bush but is offended by his criticism of Obama when he acts neoconnish, war-like and full of corporate BS blather… so they trot out the Racism card to squelch that criticism. Obama is no JFK or Mandela, that’s for damn sure.

  • Black__Mamba

    But then of course there are his genuinely racist Condoleeza Rice cartoons.


  • Steve Regis

    All of this led to an excellent take down of Liberal Puritans.

    The overall point being, these aren’t people who care about real racism one way or the other. They’re just trying to find an excuse to look down their noses and wag their fingers.