April 06, 2005

Seriously, what the hell?

You all know how much I hate the New York Post's editorial cartoonist. But I have absolutely no idea what he's trying to imply with today's cartoon, which depicts Princess Di as a sleeping Snow White, and Prince Charles on the arm of Camilla, drawn as a wicked crone holding a poison apple. Charles is saying "No, we're not cancelling the wedding, just postponing it."

Okay. Let's....just think about this for a second. Is he saying that Camilla Parker-Bowles had Diana killed? And that Diana would come back from the dead if Charles just kissed her? Is he imputing some sort of ulterior motive to the delay of the wedding? What motive would that be, exactly? And what the fuck is Bambi doing there? (Or is that Rudolph?) What. the. hell.

Assistance in the interpretation of this cartoon would be heartily welcomed.

Posted by Francis at 11:31 AM

Bambi symbolizes the Pope. Duh.

Posted by: Matthew at April 6, 2005 11:41 AM

Perhaps that was the Pope lying on the bed, but the editors objected and he had to change it at the last moment...?

(But the apple still doesn't make sense.)

The dwarves are world leaders gathered for the wedding. That bit is easy.

Posted by: Badaunt at April 6, 2005 02:02 PM

I stared at that damn thing for a half hour. I still have no clue.

But why is Snow White Diana? And why are Thumper and Flower there?

And why does this bother me so much?

Posted by: Robin at April 6, 2005 10:28 PM

My best guess: Somebody in England, possibly a cartoonist, made a joke about how this was a fairy-tale wedding, but the Prince was marrying the Wicked Witch. Or something. Might have been funny. Maybe not.
Anyway, Delonas says to himself 'Delonas me lad, that would make an excellent cartoon. It's so visual! Charles will have a little crown, and Camilla will be a hag with an apple, like in the Disney. You know, just in case people don't get it, I'll put in Sleeping Beauty. Um, and the dwarves. And Thumper. Oh, Thumper didn't come out very well. Hey, you know what? I draw a really good Bambi, I'll draw Bambi. And, um, Rudolph. Do you think anyone will notice that Charles is floating in the air? Maybe I should put in a distracting fence, and some haystacks, and clouds, and birds, and a fried egg on the grass. There! Perfect!'

Posted by: Vardibidian at April 7, 2005 09:21 AM

Because Diana would be rolling in her grave?

Moreover, I don't understand this whole hubbub about the re-marriage and the sadness over the pope. I mean, the Brits STARTED the ANGLICAN church to REJECT the POPE and so they could DIVORCE AND REMARRY. The Queen (or any other reigning monarch) is the head of that church. She should be giving the goddamned (or just the catholicdamned) ceremony on the day of the pope's funeral.

And don't give me the "can't tie them to every silly bit of tradition they ever started" - these people have a QUEEN and PRINCES who do nothing but figurehead - and provide nonsensical fodder to bizarre cartoonists.

Sorry, I'm sure I'm certainly not the first to make the observation about the whole "since when is the Pope important in England" thing. Just had to get it off my chest, though.

But maybe Sleeping Beauty is the Pope & the Dwarves are the Cardinals? Because then, it's like "yeah, we're paying respect to this glorious man, but not so much respect that we'll follow your rules and not remarry." And Camilla is the one who poisoned the Pope by being part of the Church of England and marrying a divorced man. I totally think that's what's going on.

Posted by: Amber at April 7, 2005 02:34 PM

I think Amber's is the most believable explanation so far!

Posted by: Francis at April 7, 2005 02:36 PM

Sleeping Beauty is Terri Schiavo, The lead dwarf is Saul Bellow, Thumper is Michael Jackson, Bambi is that woman whe testified against Scott Peterson.

You're welcome.

Posted by: arthur at April 7, 2005 03:57 PM