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News and views from inside the media bubble

Bad taste award

Media and politics bring together strange bedfellows from time to time, and among the strangest, in my opinion, was the linkage between our fellow alt-weekly in Charlotte, Creative Loafing, and the conservative John Locke Foundation. Journalist and pundit Tara Servatius was the common denominator as a one-time columnist for the Loaf and contributing blogger for the Locke Foundation.

She hasn’t written for the Loaf in awhile and last week her association with the Locke Foundation abruptly ended when outrage erupted at a cartoon she gleaned from the internet to illustrate a blog post about President Obama’s public opposition to a proposed amendment to North Carolina’s constitution that would define marriage as being between a man and a woman.

The offending image depicting the president in bizarre bondage gear with a bucket of KFC between his legs plays into a long history of demeaning stereotypes meant to oppress black people and a heightened sense of polarization currently swirling around social issues such as same-sex marriage and contraception.

Ironically, Servatius told the Charlotte Observer that the point of her article was to argue that the decision by the GOP-controlled General Assembly to put the marriage amendment on the ballot “is a bad political move in North Carolina because it could distract voters from the economy, which should be the main issue.”

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