Mark Steyn on fellow free-speech advocate Art Spiegelman and what it means to be truly provocative

Edgy humour is not just getting easier, it is getting worse.

Mark Steyn, the conservative writer, made this observation as he toured the Art Gallery of Ontario’s exhibit on the cartoonist Art Spiegelman, who is a comic defender of free speech from the political left, as Mr. Steyn is from the right.

From The Interview, which cashes in on the diminishing returns of gross-out humour, to The Vagina Monologues, which was edgy in the ’90s but is now seen as insensitive to transgender women, the counterculture has been so effective at “hollowing out” the real culture that there is barely anything left to counter, he said.


Spiegelman has done great work, but at the end of the day he’s still a hard core leftist. The illustration above is a take on a Norman Rockwell classic and highlights the “Islamophobia” suffered by Muslims in America post 911. Because it’s been just like that. CAIR couldn’t ask for a better apologist.

 

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