Yes, I am panda-ing on, even in the face of my unease over what is to come after this devastating outcome to the election of 2016. Panda on, Panda on! We must panda on. We have lost so many bright stars from the sky: Gene Wilder, Leonard Cohen, Alan Rickman (sob), Prince, David Bowie, Bob Elliott, Harper Lee, Gwen Ifill, Muhammad Ali, Elie Wiesel (what must he be thinking right now?) and so many more. Some of my panda friends on Facebook have lost those nearest and dearest to their hearts.
Must we go on? In the words of Gene Wilder in his role in Blazing Saddles, “We must, we must.”
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Be the Bear,
Bob T Panda
Have a Fabulous Furry Friday
Good to have you back Bob T.! Entertainment is not a political forum whether I agree with you or not.
Weeeeellllll….I’m back, and I’m not. I’m afraid that this election was about way more than politics. It’s about human rights and treating all people decently, no matter their religion, race, or who they love.
The world of cartooning has had its roots in political comentary from two centuries ago, and as a friend of mine once said, all art is political.
I find that deep in my heart, I need to keep speaking out. Sometimes the funny will prevail, and sometimes the political/social comentary side will take the stage. I just don’t know what will come out when I sit down to write. If I am not true to myself, I won’t be able to speak for the pandas that live in my head.
I also know that each of gets to make our own choices about what we read, what nourishes us and what entertains us. I always hate to see readers go, but I’ve learned from long experience, that art by committee serves no one. I started writing and drawing my cartoons because I needed an outlet that cheered me. I still need that. But we are entering a dark time and if I don’t do what I can to speak out against the darkeness, and speak out against injustice, than I am no better than those who perptrate that injustice.
In my encore friday cartoons, I’ll try to choose ones that will make people laugh and lift the oppressive weight from all our shoulders. Because we still need to laugh. When we can no longer laugh, the dark forces have won.
But pandas are black and white. Yin and yang. They encompass both realities – the dark and the light. They are the perfect metaphore, don’t you think?
And so it goes. The choice to stick around lies with each of us.
YAY! Bubba and Pinky flashbacks! “More foo!”
More foo, indeed!