New Yorker, Economist, TIME Address ‘Hate In US’ With Strong Illustrated Covers
By Yoon Sann Wong, 21 Aug 2017
Image by David Plunkert for The New Yorker
Following the deadly white nationalist rally that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, chief US magazines The New Yorker, Economist and TIME have responded by dedicating the covers of their latest issues to these recent political events.
An early look at next week’s cover, “Blowhard,” by David Plunkert. Plunkert seldom takes on political subject matter, but felt moved to do so in light of Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville. “A picture does a better job showing my thoughts than words do; it can have a light touch on a subject that’s extremely scary,” he said. #TNYcovers
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Even though artist David Plunkert seldom takes on political subject matters, he felt compelled to create this cover titled ‘Blowhard’ for The New Yorker after watching Trump’s response to Charlottesville. During the press conference, Trump attributed blame for the violence that occurred in Charlottesville to both sides—white nationalists and counter protesters.
Plunkert explained, “President Trump’s weak pushback to hate groups—as if he was trying not to alienate them as voters—compelled me to take up my pen… A picture does a better job showing my thoughts than words do; it can have a light touch on a subject that’s extremely scary.”
Donald Trump is politically inept, morally barren and temperamentally unfit for office https://t.co/xLDMtLclUw— The Economist (@TheEconomist) August 17, 2017
Image by Jon Berkeley for Economist
Similar to Plunkert’s visual, Irish illustrator Jon Berkeley’s illustrated cover for the Economist features KKK iconography. Trump blowing into a hood-like white amplifier opens the article ‘Donald Trump has no grasp of what it means to be president.’
This particular graphic was commissioned via a last-minute decision on Wednesday, following Trump’s press conference on Tuesday. In an interview with HuffPost, Berkeley shared, “The KKK hood is a gift in graphic terms. It’s simple, and its menace is instantly recognizable. It’s been used to great visual effect by many illustrators and cartoonists, so when I linked it to the shape of a simple megaphone, the first thing I did was search online to see if it had been done before. When I found nothing similar I sent the sketch ― along with a few other concepts ― to the Economist.”
“I do think that cartoons and illustration can have a strong effect on people’s perception of particular people or events over time ― maybe even more so as the credibility of the printed word is dented,” adds Berkeley.
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Image by Edel Rodriguez with animation by Brobel Design for TIME
For the 28 August edition of TIME, Cuban-American artist Edel Rodriguez fronts it with a figure draped in an American flag and giving the Nazi salute.
“These people are hiding behind the flag and the idea of patriotism it connotes. They have tried to change the language from ‘White Supremacist’ to ‘White Nationalist,’ to further hide behind the flag, and the idea of patriotism,” said Rodriguez. “But they are espousing the same views as always.”
[via Dezeen, video via TIME, images via various sources]
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