Monday, February 20, 2017

2.20.17 Bee-otch of the Day: Glenn McCoy

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Name: Glenn McCoy
Age: 52
Occupation: cartoonist
Last Seen: Belleville, IL
Bee-otched For: spitting on Normal Rockwell


It's always sad when somebody takes a good painting and simply ruins it.

It was huge news story several years ago when a woman was paid to restore the painting known as "Fresco of Jesus" and instead, she ruined it.

Now, Glenn McCoy didn't destroy Norman Rockwell's "The Problem We All Live With", which depicted six-year-old Ruby Bridges walking to her first day at an otherwise all-white school in Louisiana in 1960. But, he ruined it by comparing a wealthy tyrant like Betsy Devos to her.

In Rockwell's original painting, Bridges is walking between four US Marshals on her way to school. She walks by a wall with the words "nigger" and "KKK" scrolled on it. A thrown tomato, aimed at Bridges is seen.

However, Glenn McCoy's remake shows Bridges replaced with Devos, surrounded by security men as she walks past a wall that has "conservative" and "NEA" scrolled on it. The only similarity between the two drawings is that both Bridges and Devos almost fell victims to being splattered with a tomato.

McCoy's cartoon comes after Devos - who was elected education secretary by one vote - visited a Washington, DC school only to be greeted by people who didn't want her in. Devos has never taught a class and she has never attended a public school, nor her children.

So how did McCoy respond to the controversy? He said "My cartoon was about how, in this day and age, decades beyond the civil rights protests, it's sad that people are still being denied the right to speak freely or do their jobs or enter public buildings because others disagree with who they are or how they think. I'm surprised that some readers see 'hate' in this cartoon when I thought I was speaking out against hate."

Speaking out against hate? Explain this.

The sad thing is, is that my childhood indie paper in Traverse City, the Northern Express was sold not too long ago from its founders - two old hippies - to an opposed right-winged dick who canned most of the paper's comics when he took over. This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow: GONE! Tom The Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling: it disappeared for a while, but I guess it's gone for good this time. What happened was when TTDB reappeared in the Express, they added McCoy's editorials, too. Sadly, the comic that depicted the looters avoiding that nasty 'ol belt and suspender store appeared in the Express. It wouldn't surprise me if readers got pissed and they took McCoy's 'toons out of the rag.

The sad thing is that Glenn McCoy was the dude who helped to create Minions. Yes, those lovable yellow men from the Despicable Me movies that got their own movie. He did the storyboards for those movies, plus he has two daily comic strips: The Duplex and The Flying McCoys, both co-created with his evil twin brother, Gary. He is a busy man; it's too bad that he makes utter crap that's a slap in the face towards black people.

Maybe people need to hurl tomatoes towards Mr. McCoy, and he'll have no security.


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