I guess today’s strip isn’t for me, as I have no idea who the Jindals and “Kenneth from 30 Rock” are, nor what either has to do with Bollywood. Nor why we can only see a toaster instead of the two people actually talking.
My thought was that if you stuck Jindal in a light blue cardigan sweater, he could be a Bangalore version of Mr. Rogers. “Ya know kids, Americans can do ANYTHING!”… But instead of the miniature trolley with its piano theme music like American Mr. Rogers had, the Bangalore Mr. Rogers (Jindal) would have one that played sitar music – and there would be about 1000 miniature people riding on the roof of the trolley cars with livestock in cages…
“Ya know kids, Americans can do ANYTHING!”
I wanted to plunge pencils into my ears by the tenth time he said that…
I drew this strip in approximately five minutes to get it online quickly, hence the focus on the toaster and no half-assed attempt on my part at drawing the Jindals. The quickness may also explain why I hit upon the same idea as so many others (though I do prefer the Mr. Rogers comparison, Pilsner).
As for the ethnic joke, I’m legally obligated to insult every cultural group at least once.
Okay, so Jindal is the Lousiana governor and GOP rising star who got to make the rebuttal to Obama’s address last night. Got it.
But what was the “same idea as so many others” on Twitter you had? That he resembles Kenneth of 30 Rock? Or that he’s bad in bed?
As an aside, I prefer political humour that pokes fun at a politician’s actual views, personality or actions rather than speculating on his sexual prowess. (And believe me, there’s plenty about Jindal’s views to mock.) Just as I prefer comics that mock Cheney’s wrong, evil and stupid Iraq war rather than go all “ha ha he got in an accident and has to temporarily use a wheelchair.” But hey, as I commented back on Wheelchair Cheney Day, I don’t begrudge your right to draw what you like especially when nearly all of your strips are so funny.
What I want to know is, why couldn’t they have gotten a CREDIBLE economist, or possibly someone from the Cato institute, to offer a rebuttal instead of that media whore Jindal? He spewed just as much bullshit as Obama did.
Michael: It was the “Kenneth” joke that is apparently now a meme (not due to me). Oh, I never was going for a “bad in bed” punchline. I was just trying to lead the reader into thinking the strip was about a private type of performance only to reveal what it was truly about his public performance.
Michael Ezra, I’m not sure if you were kidding or not, but Ces was referring to the fact that Jindal gave the Republican rebuttal to the Obama speech last night. In short, Jindal did a not-great job. Kind of bad. This strip actually doesn’t have anything to do with sex, although I can understand why you’d think that if you hadn’t seen the speech or didn’t know about it.
I know – and love – Kenneth of 30 Rock, and know Bollywood, but somehow Mr. Jindal, until today, had flown under the radar (for me, anyway). Now if you had made a reference to the mayor of New Orleans, I would have known whom you were talking about…
Thank you for introducing me to Kenneth’s long-lost twin!
I don’t know from 30 Rock, but watching the first few minutes of the speech made me think of Grandpa Simpson. I kept expecting Jindal to launch into “I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time.”
@fanfromottawa: don’t feel bad. No one knew who he was besides Louisianna natives and those who have heard for years he’s the new face of the Republican party. He’ll probably be thrown to the wolves in 2012 and disappear again.
yellojkt, thank you for the link… without it, I wouldn’t have gotten the joke at ALL. Having never owned a TV, I have only the vaguest familiarity with the shows people keep talking about; haven’t the faintest clue what this “30 Rock” is, and keep on getting it confused with “3rd Rock from the Sun,” which, I take it, is about aliens hiding among us. So of course my first impression of this cartoon was, “So… Jindal is like an alien…? Infiltrating us, pretending to be human? Something like that? Huh.”