Kudos to Nav Purewal for getting us our first glimpse of results from Iran's exhibition of Holocaust Cartoons. This was held in response to the "Prophet as Terrorist" material which stirred up such a fuss when it first appeared in Denmark, and then later in Canadian magazines such as Ezra Levant's The Western Standard.
Nav posts two of the cartoons on his blog, which I won't reproduce here. One shows Hitler in bed with Anne Frank after a sexual episode; one shows Peter Jackson on the phone with Steven Spielberg talking about movie scripts. In both cases, the theme is Holocaust denial. Both cartoons are capital "O" Offensive, and both are inelegantly drawn and notably unfunny, although they might work better in the original Iranian.
Hopefully, "Canadian Jewry" (as Larry Zolf calls them) will understand that they have been dissed by half-wits, and won't rise to the bait. But we shall see. If I recall correctly, Ezra vowed to publish the results of this exhibition in The Standard, to balance out the anti-Muslim material he printed earlier. Now he's stuck. This will make two issues full of crappy cartoons. Thanks to Ezra for raising the tone of the debate.
As for me, the concept of Anti-Semitic Humor, or Racist Humor per se, isn't really a problem. Humour is an outlet for dark urges and Humorists, Society's clowns, are supposed to be politically incorrect. For example, there's my favorite line by Don Rickles:
One good thing about Italians, they keep the Cops off the streets.
And that old classic by Groucho Marx:
We're going back to Africa, where the Men are Monkeys.
And I have no problem with black comedians telling jokes about how stupid whites are, in fact I encourage it, as long as they're funny. Funny is the sniff test. The above-noted cartoons and, for example, guys like Andrew Dice Clayton, fail not because they make racist statements but because they make unfunny racist statements.
As a matter of fact, on a related topic, I don't know how men of different races and nationalities could ever come together in Unity if we couldn't tell Sexist jokes, couldn't compare how treacherous the women-folk were back in our native tribes. This is sort of the bedrock upon which all further understanding and communication rests.
So, in conclusion, here's a joke that's like a trick shot in pool: Sexist and anti-Semitic all at the same time.
Q: How can you tell when a Jewish woman is having an Orgasm?
A: She drops her Emery Board.
(from E. Leonard's novel Stick, which was eventually made into a movie directed by and starring Burt Reynolds)