The tolerance of the Left

posted at 8:45 am on October 27, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Let’s say someone created an effigy of a certain national political candidate and placed a noose around its neck, and then put the effigy on display for the neighbors to see this Halloween.  What kind of reaction would you expect to see?  People would start screaming about the Jena 6 and the latent racism of the American voter, and would assume that the neighborhood was located in a red state where people bitterly cling to their guns and religion.

But wait: the national candidate in question isn’t Barack Obama, and it’s no red-state neighborhood — not by a long shot:

Sarah Palin is not considered to be a friend of the gay community, but the Republican vice presidential candidate seems to be looming over the West Hollywood Halloween Carnival.

First, a rumor got started that city officials were going to ban Sarah Palin drag queens at its upcoming costumed street party, which draws some 500,000 people annually.

The rumor turned out to be false, but tonight comes word that a mannequin has been outfitted to look like Palin — with glasses, a beehive wig and a red business suit — and is hanging from a noose outside a WeHo residence. …

[Chad] Morrisette said his display might be unacceptable any other month, but his subjects are fair game during the Halloween season.  “It should be seen as art and it should be seen within the month of October. It is Halloween. It’s time to be scary. It’s time to be spooky,” Morrisette said.

Hanging an effigy should be seen as art, as long as the target is acceptable to the community, it seems.  It’s not a political statement at all!  It’s just good, clean Halloween fun from our oh-so-tolerant friends in West Hollywood.  Others in the neighborhood see the double standard:

“I know it’s Halloween, but when you’re using a vice presidential candidate with a noose around her neck, that to me has gone too far,” a man identified only as “George” stated. “Whether I’m Republican or Democrat, it’s not about that. It’s about this and a noose, and it’s just wrong.”

You know who else sees a double standard?  The artist:

“I know if we had done it with Barack Obama, people would’ve probably thrown things through our windows,” Morrisette said.

Gee, you think?  Instead, when it’s a Republican woman getting lynched in effigy, it suddenly becomes art and good, clean fun.  Maybe we should start talking about the latent misogyny of the Left, and the drooling bigots of their enclaves.  After all, if this had been an effigy of Obama in, say, Alabama, we’d certainly not be hearing about Halloween and spooky art, but instead how racist Obama’s opponents are.

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when it’s a Republican woman getting lynched in effigy, it suddenly becomes art and good, clean fun.

Yep, just good American’s with a different idea what art and good, clean fun is.

peacenprosperity on October 27, 2008 at 12:22 PM

The best payback: Pass propositon 8!

corona on October 27, 2008 at 12:29 PM


Its not Art!

Its demented,in your face,pure hatred for
the right,and a level of hate of Sarah
Palin that seems to have no bounds by
the left!!!

Try this crap with Michelle Obama and
watch the MSM go nuclear!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on October 27, 2008 at 12:47 PM

If Obama wins, all this hate will definitely be legitimized to the libtards of this country. I would expect assassination attempts on members of the Bush cabinet from them after he leaves office.

Speedwagon82 on October 27, 2008 at 1:03 PM


Black Adam on October 27, 2008 at 1:25 PM

After all, if this had been an effigy of Obama in, say, Alabama, we’d certainly not be hearing about Halloween and spooky art, but instead how racist Obama’s opponents are.

Better be careful talking about spooky art. You’re walking a pretty fine line there mister. /sarc

So let’s hang a fag in effigy. Sounds pretty disgusting, doesn’t it? It is disguting; just like hanging anyone in effigy is.

Big John on October 27, 2008 at 1:26 PM

Guess we’d better defeat that Prop 8 initiative on their behalf or we can expect more ‘art’ of this nature, eh? What’s next, babies and family pets strung up too?

Biffstir on October 27, 2008 at 1:26 PM

Shouldn’t the secret service be paying a visit to Mr. Morisette? Just like they did to the woman who answered her cellphone to an Obama supporter and was accused of threatening Obama’s life?

ctmom on October 27, 2008 at 1:56 PM

Oh, you mean when Obama said “I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face”?


You’d have to be an idiot dipsh*t to believe that this meant “tacit approval” of hanging Palin in effigy or any act of violence.

McCain said fight for the country. Only an idiot dipsh*t would believe he meant punch Obama supporters in the face.

I guess we know what you are.

Dave Rywall on October 27, 2008 at 10:11 AM

I don’t have to read anything into Obama’s words about encouraging physical violence. The words themselves are quite plain.

Obama is telling his people, in effect, “Don’t just disagree respectfully and politely! Argue with them! Get in their face!”

Obama wants agressive confrontation, not just with those who are opposed to him, but with anyone who isn’t for him. Republicans and independents both, as he says himself.

No, he didn’t call for a physical attack. He’s calling for a verbal attack. And when it escalates? He’ll pretend he had nothing to do with it, because he didn’t actually call for physical confrontation.

But it will be a ridiculous and pathetic claim. Only, in your own words, “an idiot dipsh*t” wouldn’t see the connection.

As you said above, “I guess we know what you are.”

tom on October 27, 2008 at 2:17 PM

By the way, does anyone have an example of this ever happening in a prior presidential campaign, where one of the candidates tells his followers to “get in their face” with political opponents? I can’t think of any offhand, and we’ve had some pretty rough campaigns in the past.

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

tom on October 27, 2008 at 2:19 PM

Actually here in Oregon some students did hang Barack Hussein Obama in effigy. No one would say whether they were anti-Obama or pro-Obama supporters seeking to “raise awareness” but they got suspended from George Fox University and are facing prosecution.

DANEgerus on October 27, 2008 at 4:28 PM

Secret Service, do your job.

profitsbeard on October 27, 2008 at 6:25 PM

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Hugo Chavez.

peacenprosperity on October 27, 2008 at 6:36 PM

I long for the times when Halloween was about candy for
the kids. Now, it seems, the kids don’t grow up.

gary on October 27, 2008 at 7:18 PM

not only is there an outrage double standards… but I think we can all agree there’s a media double standard. If that was a Barry effigy, this would be BIG news.

RightWinged on October 27, 2008 at 7:28 PM