Higashi Day cartoon 2: the stigma of striphood

The last two panels of the Doonesbury for March 8th, one of Trudeau’s pointedly political strips, about people whose reputations have been soiled by their association with Helmet Grabpussy: what does it mean if you turn up as a character in a comic strip (especially this strip)?

Oh, so meta: not only do the two men — a now-grey-haired Mark Slackmeyer and an aging Mike Doonesbury — recognize that they are not entirely real people, but (despite their many apparently real-life experiences) also characters in a comic strip, they further recognize that indubitably real people, people from Meatworld (like Alan Dershowitz) can join them in Stripworld — and that when such a person materializes in Stripworld, it’s usually as an object of mockery. As Mike says, “that’s never good”.

Notes on Dershowitz, from Wikipedia:

Alan Morton Dershowitz (born September 1, 1938) is an American lawyer and academic. He is a scholar of United States constitutional law and criminal law. He has also been described as a noted civil libertarian. He began his teaching career at Harvard Law School where, in 1967, at the age of 28, he became the youngest full professor of law in its history. He held the Felix Frankfurter professorship there from 1993 until his retirement in December 2013, and has been a regular media contributor, political commentator, and legal analyst.

He is the author of the 2018 book The Case Against Impeaching [REDACTED] and served as part of the defense team in the Senate trial during the actual impeachment proceedings, where his performance made him the object of Garry Trudeau’s ridicule.


2 Responses to “Higashi Day cartoon 2: the stigma of striphood”

  1. Sim Aberson Says:

    Don’t forget Dershowitz’s even more troubling association with Jeffrey Rapeyoungpussy, and allegation that Dershowitz participated.

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