How Offensive Can a Drawing Be?

I can’t draw very well. That’s actually an overstatement. I’m a shitty drawer. To say I ain’t no Carl Buell would be an insult to Carl Buell and his artistic brethren. I’m worse than the dude who draws toothpaste for dinner. I wouldn’t know art if jumped up and bit me in the face. Find out why I bring this up after the jump.

i-d628fe20d0e21f79e5f1669549ac4363-mohammed.jpgHere is an example of my artistic ‘talent’. It’s a classic stick figure in the third grade style. I really capture the expression of joy in the character’s face. What’s the reason for posting this picture? Let’s ask a different question: What’s in a name? I think Shakespeare said that. The picture looks pretty harmless, and I don’t think anyone could possibly find it offensive. But what if I told you it was a picture of a certain Middle Eastern prophet whose name rhymes with Joe Hammad? Would that change anything?

This is how evolgen does politics. It’s not just the big boys at ScienceBlogsTM who get all political on you. Oh, and Trey and Matt can eat their heart out.


  1. #1 John Lynch
    April 15, 2006

    Looks more like Joe’s brother Moe.

  2. #2 NJ
    April 15, 2006

    Nah. Look at the close cut hair!. It’s definitely Curly Hammad.

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