Op-Ed Cartoonists again depict atheist in Heaven with Brando’s death.

I’ve written in the past about the rather annoying habit of op-ed cartoonists who insist on drawing strips about the death of a famous celebrity by depicting said celebrity in Heaven. Katharine Hepburn, anyone? So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that with the death of Marlon Brando these same clueless cartoonists are at it again. So it was with some amusement that I came across this entry over at The Raving Atheist which talks about the Brando cartoons:

However, I was highly insulted by Jean-Paul Fastidious’ prediction last week that the cartoonists would be so stupid as to portray him in Heaven over some lame “offer he can’t refuse” caption. Although they made that mistake last year with the godless Katharine Hepburn, I’m sure they’ve learned their lesson. Just because people are religious, it doesn’t mean they’re stupid:

Or maybe it does. And more to come, no doubt. But what, exactly, was God’s “offer” here? Isn’t the point that you end up in heaven if only you do refuse the offer? I think this would have made more sense if they had just left him fat and used the “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” line.

TRA’s commentary was inspired in part by an entry about all of this from the folks over at Everything Isn’t Under Control which itself was a commentary on TRA’s entry on the death of Ray Charles where many cartoonists gave Charles his sight back.

Personally, this kind of silliness has been going on for so long now that I don’t pay it all that much attention anymore. The Op-Ed cartoonists have demonstrated that they’re basically pretty fucking clueless and insensitive on too many occasions for me to be surprised by it any longer, let alone angry about it. I’m sure when Penn or Teller finally kick the bucket they’ll depict them showing God some of their illusions and so on with any other famous person who’s an atheist. Though I will give credit to John Fewings, who drew the editorial cartoon shown above, as he contacted Skallas of Everything Isn’t under Control and promised to be a little more sensitive in the future according to this entry over at TRA. It’s a start, but I don’t expect this silliness to change for the most part anytime soon.


3 thoughts on “Op-Ed Cartoonists again depict atheist in Heaven with Brando’s death.

  1. Wonder how Brando scored on this test…
    Dante Inferno Test: http://www.4degreez.com/misc/dante-inferno-test.mv
    Level descriptions: http://www.4degreez.com/misc/dante-inferno-information.html

    Spocko’s results…

    The Dante’s Inferno Test has banished you to the Sixth Level of Hell – The City of Dis!

    Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
    Level | Score
    Purgatory | Very Low
    Level 1 – Limbo | Moderate
    Level 2 | Very High
    Level 3 | Low
    Level 4 | Low
    Level 5 | Low
    Level 6 – The City of Dis | Very High
    Level 7 | High
    Level 8- the Malebolge | Moderate
    Level 9 – Cocytus | Moderate

    Ooo – that’s scary! vampire

    PS. Where the Hell’s “Dis”?

  2. Congratulations Spocko! 

    Level 6 – The City of Dis

    You approach Satan’s wretched city where you behold a wide plain surrounded by iron walls. Before you are fields full of distress and torment terrible. Burning tombs are littered about the landscape. Inside these flaming sepulchers suffer the heretics, failing to believe in God and the afterlife, who make themselves audible by doleful sighs. You will join the wicked that lie here, and will be offered no respite. The three infernal Furies stained with blood, with limbs of women and hair of serpents, dwell in this circle of Hell.

    All of the levels are broken out in detail Here http://www.4degreez.com

    I’m trying to figure out what it takes to get to Malebolge.

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