Friday, August 06, 2004

OK -- this is a tempest in a teapot, but I have to comment on it.

Apparently Subway sandwich stores in Germany got up the noses of certain Americans by producing tray liners that depicted a fat Statue of Liberty and asked. "Why are Americans so fat?" I can see that this was rude and imprudent, and the ad campaign has been discontinued.

However, angry right-wingers, always desperate to sustain a feeling of outrage, aren't letting this rest. On Wednesday, the conservative gave us this:

More Anti-American Images Found at German Subway Stores

Picture this: a gigantic cheeseburger (with tomatoes and lettuce) slamming into two high-rise buildings, as cartoon characters run from the flaming ruins.

It's clearly a takeoff on the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center, and according to the Virginia-based Center for Individual Freedom, the illustration appears on page 18 of a 30-page "food diary" distributed by Subway sandwich shops in Germany.

"It's clearly a takeoff on the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center"? The hell it is. Go to the link and look at the cartoon. It's a cheeseburger walking through high-rise buildings, not slamming into them.

Come on, folks, this is classic monster-movie imagery from long before 9/11 -- Godzilla or King Kong, or maybe one of the lesser monsters.

Hey, righties, I thought we were supposed to be the "politically correct" ones who take offense at every little thing....

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