Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Another installment of "Yes, but is it satire?"

Since immigration is such a hot topic these days - probably because Karl Rove thinks Bush's approval rating could get back up over one-third if all those Mexicans become citizens - let's chat a moment about a little ringtone from Barrio Mobile called "La Migra."

Comedian Paul Saucido wrote the script for the ringtone, which was pulled by Cingular this week for being "racist." Activists, including Brent Wilkes, national executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens (what an unlikely name for a Latino activist!), did the complaining. But Saucido, a Mexican-American, claims it was intended to be satirical.

Here's the link to the file, and once you've listened to it, come back and tell us - do YOU think it's satire?
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Satire pervades the web, seeping into mailboxes and mainstream news like a spilled cup of coffee. It stains and it won't go away.

The Bitter Cup is a collaborative blog for members of HumorFeed, a collaborative of satire and humor sites that has been making trouble since 2003.