Putting a 'Bullet Hole' in Obama's Head Is Never in Good Taste

obama I have a high tolerance for things most people consider "offensive" or "inappropriate." But even I have to draw the line at a picture of Obama as a zombie with a bullet hole in his forehead being passed off as a "lighthearted attempt to inject satire humor into the Halloween holiday."

Obama as a zombie, fine. But Obama with a bullet hole in his forehead? Now that's offensive and inappropriate.

The image was part of a banner illustration at the top of an email sent by a Republican committee in Loudoun, Virginia to promote some sort of political activities tying in with a local Halloween parade (which also featured U.S. Rep Nancy Pelosi in monster mode). Okay, I get it: Halloween, Obama supporters are zombies, ha ha ha (that's a sarcastic ha ha ha, by the way; I'm not a Republican). Fine, I'm all for freedom of expression. It's the bullet hole thing that sends this over the line from tacky to truly messed up.

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Not just because it's pretty sick to portray any living, breathing human being as the victim of a violent crime, but because "President of the United States" and "assassination by gunshot to the head" are already linked in the public consciousness. In a most traumatic way.

The stunt was too much even for other Virginia Republicans. Governor Bob McDonnell, a Republican, asked the Loudoun group to make an apology; Virginia GOP Chairman Pat Mullins said a picture like that "has no place in our politics. Ever."

In response, the Loudoun GOP Chairman, Mark Sell, gave the above explanation about "lighthearted humor," adding a "deep and sincere" apology to the president and anyone else who was left with the impression that the image meant to portray Obama as the "victim of a violent crime."

Right.

Well, I guess there is one very important take-home lesson here for the rest of us:

Some GOP members don't consider a gunshot to the head a violent crime. Good to know.

Do you think the Loudoun GOP went too far when they portrayed Obama with a bullet in his forehead?


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