For those of you who think New Yorker humor is inscrutable, cartoon editor Robert Mankoff’s recent post on Nipplegate could generally put the ROFL in anyone’s MAO.
For those who missed the origin of Nipplegate, it started when the above cartoon by Mick Stevens posted in the New Yorkers Facebook page apparently activated some kind of nipple-sensing guidelines and led to the page being temporarily taken down. Mankoff surmised that the huge, sexualized nipples in this cartoon had transgressed against Facebook’s nudity guidelines, below.
Mankoff had a bit of fun with the cartoon, and has Stevens draw a parody revision, which both Gawker and New York Magazine thought was an actual redraw, leading to perhaps the most condescending explanation of a joke ever:
Mick redrew the cartoon not for Facebook but especially for the blog post. The purpose was humor by way of ridicule. Adding clothing not only renders the cartoon humorless but meaningless as well.
Nipplegate has truly taught us much.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.