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.


  • Uncle_Waspy

    …. the counterculture has been so effective at “hollowing out” the real culture that there is barely anything left to counter.

    Another Steyn gem!

    While it’s disturbing to see society sliding into insanity, it’s entertaining to see the progressives self-cannibalize.

  • winniec

    Muslim women are second class and eat separately from the men. The man is not wearing a clipped ‘jihad mustache’.
    This politically correct cartoonist doesn’t know much about Islam. Let him draw a picture of Mohammed and learn about Islamic vigilante culture. The bricks will be coming in Art Spiegelman’s windows!

  • Muslims in this ‘artwork’ are presented as innocent people, just minding their own business eating chicken on Sunday (or is it Friday?). Probably the men in the picture are in fact preparing to blow up a few non-Muslims or maybe ‘grooming’ some non-Muslim girls to generate some income for the big family or maybe about to ‘honor kill’ one of the women in the picture for some silly transgression of the Koran. The artist captures this irrelevant moment in their lives, as hell is about to break loose. Great piece of thoughtless artistry.

  • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

    Mark Steyn: “he points to another cartoon of a knife-wielding woman in a burka coming out of an elevator with the thought bubble: “You’re a dead man, Charlie Brown!” — “… that is transgressive,” he said.

    “That’s the question mark over civilization’s future. When you’re doing that, you’re doing something real.” Yeah, we don’t have to pretend it’s funny. So, all the real comedians are dead–there’s nobody left.