One Big Happy (2/27/11)

Sometimes a phrase just jumps off the page and, even if it doesn’t rise to the level of art, it still does a splendid job of getting all up in your grill. “A nasty-lookin’ white loner” is just such a phrase. It conjures up images of maladjusted babblers and mumbling junkies. It brings to mind unapologetic groomaphobes with three-day-old stubble and somewhat greasy hair. And it shocks with its injection of race as a primary descriptor of the downtrodden. Combine the “nasty-lookin’ white loner” phrase with a look of knee-jerk disgust, and you’ve got a panel that seems like it was designed to provoke.

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