Charles Mudede is the Stranger columnist you love to hate to read. Sorta like Gina Arnold, except with a obsession with German Philosophers instead of mid-80s punk rock. He's pretentious and intellectual where Arnold is gossipy and cliquish, but the general idea is the same for the reader. Neither will ever be fired because they generate too much reader mail.
So when The Stranger did their annual charity auction, pimping sections of the paper to be written by the auction winner, Ivan bought the comic and produced this, which ran last week:
I'm credited as a co-author, though my contributions were actually minor. I remembered a few choice Mudede quotes and some ideas from freshman year Philosophy that added to the in-jokes in the comic. Ivan drew it and authored it; my role was more muse/Mudede quote researcher.
Most of the things Mudede is quoted as saying are from his published work in The Stranger. The phrase "Scholar Nigga" is from a Hip-hop column penned by Dan Savage (yes, really), where Savage states Mudede has refered to himself this way, and explores the problem of calling someone a "cocksucking, musical theater fan" vs calling someone a "nigga" if one does not belong to said groups.
We thought it'd be funny to use both in the comic: "Scholar Nigga" for Mudede, and "Cocksucker" for Savage.
So apparently, the comic has caused people who don't understand that we're making fun of Mudede to assume we're racists. I don't know if there will be more letters in tomorrow's Stranger, but one made their blog, along with Savage's eloquent response:
The comic satirizes a staff member, Charles Mudede, in a way that Mudede and the rest of the editorial staff felt was humorous and legitimate. Mudede has a habit of name-checking prominent dead German philosophers in his book, movie, and music reviews. Mudede is, indeed, a scholar. We felt the use of “nigga” was appropriate and legitimate, considering the wide use of “nigga” as a term of affection, not derision, in hip-hop and rap music, art forms that Mr. Mudede writes about extensively in our pages. If its the word “nigga” you object to, EBM, i would direct your attention—and your ire—to popular music, popular culture, and the insanely popular Chappelle Show.
The best part is Dan's sign-off at the end:
All the best,
Editor & Cocksucker
The other best part? They want Ivan to do another comic for them. Stay tuned...