The Ballad of Alex and Madonna

The New Yorker’s been getting a bit of flack this week. Some folks out there seem to miss the humor of their latest cover. But I don’t think anyone will fail to appreciate the utter genius of our pal Ben Greenman’s A-Rod! Fragments of a Musical, even if we think it might play better as opera. (Italian translation, anyone?) A sample:

MADONNA:

Remember when I dressed up

As Marilyn Monroe?

If you play your cards right

You can be DiMaggio

You know that heady feeling

When you hit a shot into the gap?

You can tell me all about it

When I shift and settle on your lap

A-ROD:
I get it
You’re Madonna
You enjoy
Double entendre

Also not to miss, and completely unrelated, Alex Belth’s wonderful SI piece on the Stadium (look for our appearance on p. 2). Yeah, we said The Stadium.

30 comments… add one

  • I’m so tired of the tabloid crap about ARod…leave the guy alone you jackals!!! Who cares about his personal life…I only care what he does on the field. If we are going to make a run, he’s going to be the guy to get us there.

    krueg July 16, 2008, 10:40 am
  • Oh…and don’t even get me started on that cover. I’m no prude, believe me, but that cover was in poor taste.

    krueg July 16, 2008, 10:41 am
  • I think last night’s Daily Show summed up my feelings about the cover flap.

    Nick-YF July 16, 2008, 10:45 am
  • flap? Is that even the right word?

    Nick-YF July 16, 2008, 10:46 am
  • I have it taped and haven’t watched it yet!

    Lar July 16, 2008, 10:50 am
  • What’d the Daily Show say Nick?
    The New Yorker was being satirical with regards to the way Obama-opposers portray him. They were trying to support Obama, not help him.
    And the media, in general, is so Obama-biased that it’s refreshing to see him get a little negative flack.

    Atheose July 16, 2008, 10:54 am
  • Sorry, that should say “They were trying to support Obama, not hurt him.”

    Atheose July 16, 2008, 10:55 am
  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
    “I think last night’s Daily Show summed up my feelings about the cover flap.”
    I liked the satirical National Review cover better:
    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/horsey/viewbydate.asp?id=1792

    A YF July 16, 2008, 10:57 am
  • Political satire is supposed to heighten an awareness of a certain idea through exaggeration, absurdism, or some other like method. The New Yorker cover, while clearly an attempt at satire, fails in my opinion. I don’t know what it offers other than a portrayal, all at once, of the smears of the right wing against the Obamas. It isn’t very funny, and it doesn’t articulate the idea that these things are false, other than to mash them all up. Is that the satire? That they are all these things but couldn’t possibly be these things? I don’t know why that articulates anything really useful. Someone on the right said they thought it could easily be a National Review cover, if that is accurate then where is the satire, other than in the irony that a reputedly liberal magazine published it? And is that effective satire in and of itself?
    I for one will defend the New Yorker’s right to publish whatever they want, however smart (or dumb). And I don’t find the cover “offensive”, at all. I just find it ineffective, uncompelling. It didn’t make me laugh, think, or make me angry. That’s the majority of the problem.

    SF July 16, 2008, 12:11 pm
  • And the media, in general, is so Obama-biased that it’s refreshing to see him get a little negative flack.
    Don’t want to turn this blog all political, but this statement is really way off-base. The politician in the US who has, perhaps, gotten the biggest free ride from the media in this entire decade may be John McCain.

    SF July 16, 2008, 12:12 pm
  • Sorry SF, but I see it differently. Fox News bashes Obama relentlessly (obviously they’re right-winged as hell) but every other media network I’ve seen shows Obama in a positive light and McCain in a negative.
    I’m not a Republican–I actually side with Obama on everything except healthcare, because Universal healthcare is a horrible idea. But Obama is being portrayed as the savior of America by everyone except Fox News.

    Atheose July 16, 2008, 12:21 pm
  • I think the New Yorker cover reflects more on the attitudes of those who run the New Yorker. Yes, they’re lampooning all the Obama smears, but it seems they fail to realize just how much traction those smears have gained in many quarters. It’s as if they think by simply drawing them in a fairly straightforward way, they will become prima facie ridiculous. The problem is, if people didn’t find them ridiculous before, they won’t now — particularly among a pretty large group of people that equates liberal politics with the promotion of flag burning, acquiescence under the guise multifaith tolerance, and radical leftist revolutionary ideology.
    I wish the NYer was right: That simply characterizing all these falsehoods at once would show how laughable so many of these accusations have been. But I think they significantly underestimate the extent to which those claims have taken root among a segment of the population that is all too ready to believe them.

    Paul SF July 16, 2008, 12:27 pm
  • Ath – I’m not sure if you follow about what McCain really does, but if you do, you might find that the media ignores a lot of the blunders that he makes as well, on the basis of the fact that he’s a war prisoner.
    Someone asked him straight up – how did the experience prepare him for presidency? He did not have an answer. Of course this did not get any play.

    Lar July 16, 2008, 12:33 pm
  • Also, I rather Obama get trashed for the FISA stuff than this. Of course McCain is given a free pass at this though.

    Lar July 16, 2008, 12:34 pm
  • I admit that a lot of things about McCain are ignored, but despite that the general attitude in the media with regards to McCain is negativity, whereas with Obama it’s mostly positive.
    Again, I’m not a McCain supporter and an Obama hater, I’m just making an observation as to what I’ve noticed in the media since Hillary dropped out.

    Atheose July 16, 2008, 12:36 pm
  • “particularly among a pretty large group of people that equates liberal politics with the promotion of flag burning, acquiescence under the guise multifaith tolerance, and radical leftist revolutionary ideology.”
    not the target demographic!
    and speaking of targets, could we get back to the subject at hand, ie baseball, or at least extra-curriculars by players thereof, and one in particular, and particularly the HILARIOUS operetta on said subject by dear mr. greenman. seriously. people. ON TOPIC PLEASE.

    YF July 16, 2008, 1:13 pm
  • ON TOPIC PLEASE.
    Giggle, ARod had his penis inside of Madonna.

    Atheose July 16, 2008, 1:17 pm
  • YF, you linked to a story about the cover, so it is part of the subject matter at hand. I understand this is NOT a political blog, but if you are going to make subjects part of the linked content of a post then you have to expect the issue could be addressed within the comments.
    There is really need to yell at us since you yourself made the connection and hyperlinked. That being said, back to baseball and duly noted.

    SF July 16, 2008, 1:38 pm
  • Everyone just leave ARod alone…except Sox fans of course. That’s your job! I can’t wait to see what the Nation is wearing in Fenway next week…those blond masks a few years ago were hilarious! (not as great as ARod taking Papelbon deep to win the game, but still funny)

    krueg July 16, 2008, 2:45 pm
  • “ON TOPIC PLEASE.”
    Maybe the site could take a cue from the MLB, the day befor the ASG and the day after the ASG…”
    “Someone asked him straight up – how did the experience prepare him for presidency? He did not have an answer. Of course this did not get any play.”
    What was he supposed to say, “Let’s see, if I’m elected I’ll be locked up in a hostile environment (DC) and subject to torture everyday (media, congress, partisian politics from both parties, etc), yeah being in the Hanoi Hilton is number one on the ‘Past Experience’ section of my resume”

    BillsBurgSF July 16, 2008, 2:47 pm
  • It isn’t an issue, except for that this is a major part of his run that no one calls him out on. Or at least, that no one reports.

    Lar July 16, 2008, 2:55 pm
  • Dennis Kucinich for President.

    krueg July 16, 2008, 3:08 pm
  • (not as great as ARod taking Papelbon deep to win the game, but still funny)
    sometimes it’s not about winning world series, it’s the personal highlights that truly matter. remember when spike owen hit that personal life vindicating home run in 1988….neither do i.

    sf rod July 16, 2008, 3:08 pm
  • sf rod: you take things so personally man…god. It was funny because the crowd was so brutal to him, yet he got the big hit and won the game…ala JD Drew. Have I not shown in my posts here that I am not “that guy”??? I don’t even hate the Sox…that’s why I come to this site.

    krueg July 16, 2008, 3:12 pm
  • ATH: EVERYONE has had their penis in Madonna, haven’t you? I hit that back in 1994…right after her Vanilla Ice phase.

    krueg July 16, 2008, 3:13 pm
  • krueg- it’s the keyboard satire differential. nothing i say is ever serious. i know you’re not that guy….but you are the guy who’s sabers drafted a 6 foot 7 inch malnourished center, so i might give you a hard time in the future. so please take it with a grain of salt.

    sf rod July 16, 2008, 3:22 pm
  • Tyler Myers will be a BEAST in a few years!!! (i hope!) The Sabres know how to draft…I have to give them that. Even though they can’t keep their free agents. NHL schedule comes out tomorrow at noon EST…can’t wait. Hockey is SO much better than baseball. Yankees WS victories are great but nothing would compare to the Sabres hoisting the Cup!!! (that will never happen until I am dead.)
    Glad we are on the same page bro…I meant no disrespect by that post.

    krueg July 16, 2008, 3:42 pm
  • Glad we are on the same page bro…
    yup. we both hate daniel briere.

    sf rod July 16, 2008, 3:52 pm
  • > (that will never happen until I am dead.)
    As a lapsed Sabres fan, I would have to say that you are entirely too optimistic.

    attackgerbil July 16, 2008, 4:51 pm
  • Rod: I don’t really hate Danny, he would have stayed if we would have paid him. But he is a Cryer now so it’s hard for me. Drury on the other hand left us at the alter…screw him.
    AG: What happened bro??? Just got sick of falling short all the time in the playoffs, huh???

    krueg July 16, 2008, 5:14 pm

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