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Comic Strip Puts Sens Graham, McConnell in Drag; Gay Blogger Capitalizes

By    |   Wednesday, 03 Dec 2014 10:00 AM

Cartoonist Don Asmussen's regular "Bad Reporter" parody in the San Francisco Chronicle caused a stir on Friday when it put Senators Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell in drag.

The satirical strip made fun of the aging pols, placing their faces on stock pictures of old women. Joke headlines like "Your Aunt at Thanksgiving is Not Sen. Lindsey Graham: Much Confusion This Time of Year" and "Your Grammy at Thanksgiving is Not Mitch McConnell: Please Remember" adorned the funny pics.

The strip in-and-of itself was good for a few chuckles, but didn't cause any controversy until prominent gay blogger Michael Petrelis caught wind of it — and saw an opportunity for a little firestarting.

Asmussen's joke seemed to be focused on the genderlessness that sometimes comes with age, however Petrelis saw an opportunity to call into question Graham's sexuality, and ran with it.

In a blog post titled "SF Chronicle Outs Sens. McConnell & Graham as Gay?" Petrelis indulges in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek thought exercise.

"In the center panel [of the comic strip] U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama are featured and neither is feminized like the senators," he reasons. "Has the Chronicle outed Graham and McConnell? To my queer mind, the answer is yes."

Playing along with the supposed "controversy," media critic Jim Romenesko reached out to Asmussen to ask if he really had "outed" Graham and McConnell.

Keeping things firmly in slapstick territory, Asmussen responded, "I'm pretty sure I actually outed my aunt and grammy as politicians. And believe me, they were."

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Cartoonist Don Asmussen's regular "Bad Reporter" parody in the San Francisco Chronicle caused a stir on Friday when it put Senators Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell in drag.
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