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Blowback

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  • THE TRUTH

    Hartwig Kinder | Wolfratshauden, GERMANY | April 14, 2013

    I loved and laughed about the characterisation of this presidential family today. Probably much closer to the truth than one might fear.

  • THOUGHTFUL CHUCKLES

    John Muller | Colleyville, TX | April 14, 2013

    Looks to me like the man who hasn't changed a bit is good ol' GBT. Still stripping down public figures to comically exaggerated stereotypes, just like he rendered Calvin Hill and Brian Dowling all those many years ago. It's all hugely entertaining, and even provocative. As long as we laugh at the sly humor and don't mistake the entertaining caricatures for the men. Thank you for for the years of thoughtful chuckles!

  • THANK YOU

    R.C. | Myrtle Bubba Beach, S By God C | April 14, 2013

    Thank you for the Sunday, April 14th strip.

  • LIST

    Marshall Kinkead | Blue River, OR | April 13, 2013

    Re Sid's GOP Celebrity Task Force: When I Googled "Republican Hoillywood actors" I got this list. Of the first 25, eight are deceased. Charlton Heston is number two, and it includes James Cagney and Larry the Cable Guy!

  • LOVELY

    Jack Cerf | Chatham, NJ | April 12, 2013

    GBT has just managed to insult everyone in Hollywood who has ever taken a political position out of princlple. Lovely.

  • DING DONG

    Bryon Cannon | Hutchinson, KS | April 11, 2013

    In the wake of Margaret Thatcher's death, Britons are taking "Ding Dong, The Witch is Dead" to the top of the music charts. I remember Lord Zonker leading the House of Lords in that very song!

  • NICE RING

    Doc | Edmond, OK | April 11, 2013

    AOWG has a nice ring to it. Maybe Nugent would front that band. They could open for NKOTB.

  • AOWG

    Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | April 11, 2013

    Angry Old White Guys is good, especially since Grumpy Old Men is already taken. And then there's Mike Huckabee's band, Capitol Offense. Freebird!

  • EPHEMERAL

    Jeff Sunbury | Austin, TX | April 11, 2013

    "Angry Old White Guys" is a brilliant band name. They're so ephemeral. I once believed "David Axelrod's Mustache" was the perfect band name, and now it's too late.

  • JON VOIGHT

    Douglas Bowker | Salem, MA | April 10, 2013

    I'm a progressive, but even I know that Jon Voight should have been on that GOP Master Celeb list! He may not be the A-lister he once was, but the guy does have some cred left. I mean Midnight Cowboy, Catch-22, and Deliverance alone place him as a real American film icon. The guys on Sid's list aren't even be in the same room with Voight for talent.

  • TALKIN' SMACK

    Patrick Furness | Jarrettsville, MD | April 10, 2013

    Chuck Norris "off the charts, and not in a good way" ? You're a brave man, GBT, talkin' smack about a man who makes Sorkh Razil look like a cream puff.

  • FLIP

    Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | April 10, 2013

    Some celebrities might flip, at least for one night, if the Repubs change some policies. I could speak to Hugh Jackman down here in Sydney in exchange for some carbon emission reduction, and maybe he'll sing and dance for them.

  • CHARISMA

    Paul Kelly | UNITED KINGDOM | April 09, 2013

    No A-Listers? What about Clint Eastwood? That embarrassing performance with the empty chair might suggest he's losing his marbles, but the guy still has more charisma than the rest of the GOP put together.

  • ARKANSAS

    James Garner | North Little Rock, AR | April 08, 2013

    Re MOTTO. I don't mean to horn in on your gratitude, but for most of my 54 years I always heard that that was the motto of Arkansas!

  • FORGETTING

    Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | April 08, 2013

    Those complaining about Sunday's strip seem to be forgetting that humor has always been one of the most effective ways to make people think seriously about racism. Think of Huckleberry Finn.

  • MOTTO

    Jennifer Marsden | Newton, AL | April 08, 2013

    Here in Alabama our Unofficial State Motto is "Thank God for Mississippi!" They keep us at #49 or #2 on so many awful metrics.

  • SLAVERY

    John McQueen | Chantilly, VA | April 08, 2013

    Slavery. Wage slavery. Whatever. Just so long as we're the land of the free -- with a good work ethic. I refer fellow readers to the Pulitzer-winning Slavery By Another Name and the splendid, all-too-tellingly-subtitled Confederates In The Attic: Dispatches From The Unfinished Civil War.  In several passages, the latter delves into how undead the myth of the Happy Slave remains. Bottom line: while respectable pundits, history teachers, media outlets, and even Barack "Post-Racial" Obama turn a blind eye, a localized quasi- (or not-so-quasi) religious fervor remains squarely on the side of Tara/Scarlett/Robert E. Lee. In such a still-riven land, for prevailing kings of "comity" to wring their hands over how on Earth we can stay so polarized is downright risible; kudos to GBT for culling laughter from a touchy, taboo, still-entrenched tradition.

  • SENSITIVE ISSUES

    Isaiah | MINNESOTA | April 08, 2013

    I usually enjoy most your strips, but yesterday's I found particularly inappropriate, offensive and unnecessary. Civil rights, slavery and racial mistreatment I do not see as appropriate to joke about. These are very sensitive issues. I showed it to my dad and he agreed. I do not support using humor as was used in this strip, and find it quite offensive. I will no longer look at Doonesbury the same way, or think of at the same standard. Sorry.

  • TRIPLE PLAY

    Jamie | Jackson, MS (dammit) | April 08, 2013

    I love the efficiency. A triple play of negative stereotypes! Yesterday's strip not only depicted white Mississippians as racist, but black men as ignorant and Hispanics as in-the-field only! Good hustle, GBT. Roland's employer would be proud.

  • SNAFU

    Shooshie Roberts | Dallas, TX | April 07, 2013

    I was wondering how Mississippi's 13th Amendment SNAFU got past GBT. I should have known he would not let it go without a comment. This is about the best take I've seen on it. There's just not much funny about that situation, yet Trudeau managed to make me laugh. To commend Mississippi on rectifying their 148 years of ignominy, on paper at least, I've bought pages of stamps from the Post Office, whose offerings this month have been the Emancipation Proclamation and Rosa Parks. I intend to put those on every letter that goes to Mississippi.