Award winning animated cartoonist, whose work has been featured on this blog, Mark Fiore is recieving death threats ala Danish style over this 90 second animated cartoon called, Learn To Speak Teabag.
The cartoon was originally posted by Mark on his blog and then picked up by NPR on their website. It has been available on YouTube since November 19.
Last week, Bill O'Reilly picked up on it and broadcast a diatribe against Fiore, the cartoon and NPR, claiming that they were part of a Liberal Jihad....
Since then, Fiore has had a constant stream of threats and even death threats from enraged "Teabaggers" who have been incited against him.
Mark Fiore compares his predicament to that of Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, whose cartoon depicting the prophet Mohamed caused rioting across the Muslim world several years ago, and an attempt on his life last week.
"Muslim extremist, meet Tea Party extremist. Tea Party extremist, meet Muslim extremist," Fiore writes on his blog.
Fiore's video, which appeared on NPR's Web site, causing outrage from some conservative commentators, offers a tongue-in-cheek 90-second lesson in speaking like a tea bagger.
"If you're having trouble understanding the words of others, use Tea Bag's stronger, more descriptive ways," the narrator suggests, to which a tea-bagger is seen responding: "Nazi! Nazi! Nazi!"
Fiore has attempted to offer an olive branch to his opponents, responding on his blog,
"To all of you who have written emails and comments, I really wish I could respond to every one of you. I truly appreciate your taking the time to write, even if we may be on different sides of the political fence. If there is one thing that my politically mixed San Francisco/Idaho background has taught me, it is benefit of continuing a discussion even if you don’t agree. Too often these days, the Left and the Right immediately shut down if you are deemed to be from the opposing camp. Here’s to good discussion even if we don’t agree.
Now please don’t kill me."