I don’t like Sean Spicer being so readily welcomed into the fold at the Emmys; don’t forget that the man was happily complicit in the Trump administration until things started not to go his way. I’m not saying people can’t change, but I’m not seeing any evidence of that here. But it looks like his journals are going to prove to be very important; a statement usually reserved only for characters in John Green novels (which I unashamedly like).
Robert said the following in reference to Spicer and his shaky relationship with his White House compatriots, but I thought it had a broader application; there’s a poignancy to it, also in a very John Green way:
You’re partly an outcast because people are arseholes, and you’re partly an outcast because you’re an arsehole.
Let me make this incredibly clear, even though we tried to be absolutely crystal in the first panel of the comic itself: this is mocking Daesh/ISIS, not Islam. Most Muslims are not terrorists, not by a long shot, and even the majority of terrorists are not Muslims. Yes, radicalised Islam is a terrifying threat, but they’re a threat to everyone who isn’t radicalised Islam – and that includes ordinary Muslims. Who do people think Daesh have been slaughtering in the Middle East for having different religious views?
The last panel, I should point out, has some particularly confronting gags in it. This comic’s topic is not funny, and the comic should make you feel uncomfortable as a result. Good satire should not be comforting, though it should always punch up, and I hope this does. I feel like Zunfa Comics has stayed “safe” for a while now, with jokes about pop culture and videogames; back in the proverbial day, when this comic was about “what’s making the news,” it used to have fucking teeth.