Respectful Insolence

Best or worst birthday card ever?

While looking for a birthday card for a relative a while back, I found this card and was intrigued enough to buy it, even though it wasn’t appropriate for the person for whom I was seeking a card:

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So far, it’s just pretty standard Bush-chimp stuff, a staple of comedy ever since W. took office. But what got me was the inside of the card:

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Two points:

  1. It’s rather amazing that the whole “intelligent design” debate has become so ubiquitous that it’s showing up in birthday cards, of all things.
  2. I haven’t decided if this is the best birthday card ever or the worst birthday card ever. Opinions?

Comments

  1. #1 Dianne
    March 30, 2007

    I can’t get over feeling insulted on the chimp’s behalf. Chimps are intelligent animals and in no way deserve the comparison to Shrub. So I’d have to vote for “worst.”

  2. #2 clone3g
    March 30, 2007

    Thought there’d be a bushmeat joke in there somewhere.

  3. #3 JimV
    March 30, 2007

    I have noticed such similarities before, in other people. Probably others have noticed them in myself. Chimpanzees are our close relatives, and we share a lot of characteristics with them. It’s not really an insult.

  4. #4 J-Dog
    March 30, 2007

    I don’t like it, and I wouldn’t buy it.. it unfairly puts ID on a level with science. the choices should be: Evolution, or God Hates You and Wants You To Burn In Eternal Hellfire by Making A Chimp Smater Than You.

  5. #5 Chris Hallquist
    March 30, 2007

    Not really birthday related, and therefore inappropriate unless the recipient really dislikes Bush. But it isn’t a bad joke.

  6. #6 Interrobang
    March 30, 2007

    Well, I like it. But yeah, audience analysis…is advised.

    (Had to have been evolution, because nobody with any intelligence would have let even a young Barbara or George Herbert Herbert Bush anywhere near their reproductive capabilities.)

  7. #7 Pastbyer
    March 31, 2007

    I wish I get one of these for my birthday…

    And it should be a choice between Evolution and God Is Really Bad At Making Things (i.e. Unintelligent Design).

  8. #8 Sid Schwab
    March 31, 2007

    I gave it to my father-in-law.

  9. #9 Bryn
    March 31, 2007

    It made me laugh and I know humor isn’t to be taken as fact. That said, it feeds too much into the old canard of, “Well, Darwin says we’re descended from monkeys….” to be worth more than a quick chuckle.

  10. #10 Ahistoricality
    April 1, 2007

    It’s cute, to be sure, but it would probably sell better if it weren’t a birthday card: there’s definitely times/people for which it would more appropriate without that limitation.

    And whoever thought that “kidnapper font” was cute, should have their graphic design credentials revoked and given some crayons.

  11. #11 Vjatcheslav
    August 5, 2007

    In fact, it makes you “the decider”. So the interior is related to the exterior (after all, Bush is a born again fool, eh, christian). Or am I making something up? As an attack against Bush, it is nice, but I wouldn’t dream of this as the best ever.

  12. #12 Rich Warwick
    September 26, 2007

    Hi there. We are the design studio who created this hotbed of debate. Glad so many people are weighing in on everything from their scientific and theological opinions, to artistic critiques of the card. For more cards like these (anti-Bush, anti-OJ, anti-Britney), check us out at
    http://www.mooningduck.com

    Question…why is the duck’s buttocks in the air? Is he making a comment on society? Is he on a quest for food? You decide!!!

    Rich Warwick, Kansas City

  13. #13 Jenifer Coe
    February 21, 2008

    Lol. So hysterical. Fuckasses

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