Thursday, June 15, 2006
Ted Rall on the far left is actually getting lumped in with rightwing Aryan nutbag Ann Coulter as a result of Coulter's recent verbal attack on the widows of 9/11. Rall, of course. famously drew the fiery ire of conservatives (and more than a few liberals) as a result of his infamous "Terror Widows cartoon in 2002.
On his blog Rall writes of the Terror Widows aftermath:
"And the fall-out from "terror widows" was serious for me. Not only did I lose the Washington Post online website as a client, countless readers will always associate "Ted Rall" with "9/11 widows." It's not like I don't do other stuff besides making fun of the widows and widowers who, like Lisa Beamer and Ted Olsen, exploited their spouse's deaths to promote books, their fringe religious beliefs or wacky right-wing political agendas on national television--but you'd never know it to read some accounts.
And there were the death threats, of course. I wonder if Ann Coulter will get any of those?"
In Coulter's latest idiot tome she writes:
"These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis. I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths so much."
Among Coulter's previous statements, she advocated the invasion of non-Christian nations after Sept. 11 and the deportation from the U.S. of "all aliens from Arabic countries." She said American Taliban John Walker should be executed to show liberals what happens to traitors. And she said the only real question about President Clinton was "whether to impeach or
Ted Rall draws the following distinction between his and Coulter's take on the widows:
"[Coulter is] a lot meaner to the widows as people than my cartoon was, which explored the way specific media figures–Mariane Pearl, Theodore Olsen and Lisa Beamer–exploited their spouses’ deaths to make money or political hay."
The prolific Rall has himself two more books on the immediate horizon.
From Rall's blog:
"Not only is my new Central Asian travelogue/graphic novel/current affairs analysis SILK ROAD TO RUIN coming out this summer, there's another treat for fans of my cartoons.
AMERICA GONE WILD will come out this fall. It's a 160-page cartoon collection similar in format to SEARCH AND DESTROY, collecting my work from 2001 until now and featuring an introduction by hard-hitting UK Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell. A special bonus is my extremely lengthy behind-the-scenes discussion of the media shitstorms surrounding my most controversial cartoons, including "Terror Widows", "FDNY 2011" and those about Pat Tillman. Here for the ages is the hate mail and death threats I received, my personal interactions with personalities like Bill O'Reilly, etc.--all the dish you've always wondered about. Do I go too far? Find out in AMERICA GONE WILD."
And who among us wouldn't want a peek at Ted Rall's hate mail?