"The sexiest rain dance ever": Cyanide and Happiness cartoon
We all know all Indians do rain dances, right? (riiiight)
And high roller strip club patrons "make it rain" by throwing money up in the air so it falls down like rain on the stripper.
Therefore, it's funny, get it?
When they dance, it's making it rain (cause they're Native), but instead of rain, it's money (cause they're a stripper)!
ZOMG so funny.
And all the stereotypes managed to be jam packed in one little cartoon (caution: sarcasm ahead):
And on a serious note (/sarcasm):
Don't you dare get on my case about "it's a comic, it's just a joke, it's satire"--it's not. Images like these are what create the false stereotypes to which Native people are expected to ascribe. Because if all of the world thinks that Indians wear headdresses, carry tomahawks, do rain dances, or own casinos; it erases our current existence as a diverse group of contemporary people living contemporary lives and trivializes the continued struggles of Native peoples. Just because a tribe has a casino doesn't mean everything is all better after 500+ years of mistreatment and historical trauma.
When do we get to the funny part? :(
Yes I got the joke and No I did not find it remotely funny.
Unfortunately you left out "It's edgy, you're just humorless and overly sensitive, that's why you don't get it" in your list of excuses people will make for this. "Edgy" and "ironic" seem to be the new politically correct terms for "racist," "sexist," "misogynist," "homophobic," etc.
Good point about the tomahawk. I think of it as just another weapons and tool, but it's associated with scalping in the public's mind. Whenever a stereotypical image includes a tomahawk, it's an extra hint about Indian savagery.
And of course Adrienne's key point is right on. "Images like these are what create the false stereotypes"...bingo. People believe what they see because...well, seeing is believing.
If you see a thousand images of Indians in headdresses, you may not think that every Indian wears a headdress. But you won't think that no Indians wear headdresses except on special ceremonial occasions. You'll think, "Even if many Indians don't wear headdresses, some do. Not all, but maybe 5% or 10% or 20% of them."
"Edgy" = "racist"
The last Facebook comment is especially astute. Yes, "edgy" and "ironic" are today's code words for "racist," "sexist," and so forth. If people admit their racism, say they're doing it intentionally, claim it's some sort of statement, then that excuses them.
And gullible idiots eat it up. "These people are famous," they say to themselves. "They're on TV. They told us they didn't mean any harm. They just thought the racist stereotypes were funny.
"We believe them because we like racist stereotypes too. We prefer to laugh at minorities rather than learn about them. All that tragedy they've gone through is a downer. It's much easier to blame them for being savage and uncivilized than to do something about their problems."
For more on the subject, see Okay to Stereotype in "Satires"? and Native Comic Strips vs. Comic Books.