Swipes #46: Ice Floes

While I was searching for a New Yorker cartoon to accompany a previous post, I came across some other images as well as several variations on the theme of being setting adrift on an ice floe. I’m not the first person to notice this over-played (and inaccurate!*) trope, either. Links to further reading follow the images:

"Remember, son, it's never too early to start saving for retirement." - Danny Shanahan - New Yorker - 26 November 2001

“Remember, son, it’s never too early to start saving for retirement.” – Danny Shanahan – New Yorker – 26 November 2001

Untitled - David Sipress - New Yorker - 21 July 2008

Untitled – David Sipress – New Yorker – 21 July 2008

"It's my kids—wishing me a happy Father's Day." - David Sipress - New Yorker - 10 June 2013

“It’s my kids—wishing me a happy Father’s Day.” – David Sipress – New Yorker – 10 June 2013

"It's your mother. She's floated back." - Christopher Weyant - New Yorker - 18 September 2006

“It’s your mother. She’s floated back.” – Christopher Weyant – New Yorker – 18 September 2006

"The Inuit arrange a little side trip for Bouchard" - Ingrid Rice - 9 September 1997

“The Inuit arrange a little side trip for Bouchard” – Ingrid Rice – 9 September 1997

For more on Inuit and Eskimo stereotypes in cartoons, see:

– Blue Corn Comics

— “Eskimos: The Ultimate Aborigines

— “Stereotype of the Month Entry (8/22/01)

— “Stereotype of the Month Entry (9/13/06)

– Newspaper Rock: “More Eskimos on ice” (30 December 2006)

– O’Folks (off their rocker): “Ethnic stereotyping and ageism” (14 September 2006)

– NPR: “Rejected: Eskimo Transvestite Cartoon” (25 January 2008) (and, not unrelated, a cartoon by Len Norris…)

*That’s a link to The Straight Dope. Although there are much better sources on this topic, that one is digitized and brief, which seems to be a (shameful but relevant) prerequisite for blog-worthiness.

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