The Right to Hug Arms

Link to today’s strip

The internet has been a wonderful breeding ground for all kinds of new dialectical terminology. Whereas before we had things like Ockham’s Razor or Pascal’s Wager. Now we’ve got Godwin’s Law, “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.” The Bechdel Test, “Whether a work features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man.” And Poe’s Law, “Without a clear indicator of the author’s intent, it is impossible to create a parody of extreme views so obviously exaggerated that it cannot be mistaken by some readers for a sincere expression of the parodied views.”

Here we have an inverse Poe’s Law. A sincere expression of a view so obviously exaggerated it is indistinguishable from parody.

Also. Is this all of the students who walked out? That must have been some editorial.


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18 responses to “The Right to Hug Arms

  1. Epicus Doomus

    We Are Platitudes! We Are Cliches! You Will Notice Our Hand-Lettered Signs! Perhaps this particular strip will be the one that “goes viral” (as the kids say) and galvanizes a divided nation, bringing everyone together to address this timely and pertinent issue in a contemporary and wry young adult manner. Or maybe, as usual, the entire world will ignore it like they always do and it’ll be totally forgotten by everyone until BatYak brings it up during the annual puff-piece interview with the Medina Daily Herald’s “lifestyles” writer. I’m guessing the latter, just a hunch.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Absolutely correct. I am appalled by the school shootings but walking around shouting empty cliches won’t solve a thing.

      This is the garbage you get when cartoonists get full tenure. F U Batty. They need to fire you already.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        My apologies for the bad language. I’m just so tired of politics being injected into everything just so someone can make themselves look good for holding the correct opinions on everything. ( Hence the “I’m proud of you” dialog earlier in the week.)

        I’m going to go read some old Calvin and Hobbes, so I can get some laughs.

  2. Paul Jones

    We always complain that Batiuk tells but does not show because we forget what happens when Batiuk shows anything. Odds are that if we actually saw most of the things that were never seen but only talked about vaguely after the fact, they would have been as lame and stupid as this mess.

  3. The Nelson Puppet

    [Holding a sign in the background]: “ARM IS FOR HUGGING!” -Becky Howard.

  4. spacemanspiff85

    “Arms are for hugging” sounds like the slogan of a very creepy, handsy person.
    And “protect kids, not guns”? Oh, okay. I was confused, I thought it was guns that needed protecting, not kids. Now that that tiny little sign in a comic strip told me adults need to protect kids, I see everything differently. The problem is solved, and gun violence is over forever.

  5. Jimmy

    It’s funny because it’s so terrible. I bet Batiuk did an imaginary home run trot when writing this claptrap, though.

  6. Jimmy

    I just noticed the school marquee, which tells me this was not a student walkout, but rather it was a school-sanctioned event.

  7. spacemanspiff85

    Oh, and on his blog today, Batiuk has a strip where John Darling is interviewing Plantman, the guy who murdered him with a gun, for shock value and because Batiuk was mad at his syndicate.

  8. sgtsaunders

    Batttic is making a statement with all the main characters at a safe distance. Nevertheless, something tells me someone is going to get shot before the month is out.

  9. bigd1992

    Perhaps they ran out of free pizza, like how they bribed my son’s classmates to protest last year. The kids didn’t care about the cause, they cared about the free Dominos.