yesterday i did a quick slate illustration for an article titled how black people use twitter, which could have been called hashtags started by black teens, or some less flameworthy title. i woke up to this wonderful email:
subject: A brown bird?
Dude, you are RACIST. I’m calling Jesse Jackson now.
i was pretty entertained, and not sure whether the person who sent the email (anonymously for the most part) was actually offended, sarcastic, or just being an ass. starting out, i figured this article and illustration would probably drum up some conversation, both positive and negative, and while this illustration isn’t going to win any awards for concept, is it offensive? do you, dear reader, find it racist?
slate: how black people use twitter, by farhad manjoo.
while mulling this over and chatting with slate, they sent over this hilarious illustration remix by www.innyvinny.com (check out the rims on that twitterbird!):
your racist illustrator.
p.s. jesse, let’s do lunch!
p.p.s. since you didn’t ask, this is how i look as a twitterbird (full disclosure, i need a haircut):