National Review on Sotomayor Cover: ‘She Has Squinty Eyes’
It went largely without notice, but in its last issue (with the “Beauty of Drilling” cover), National Review’s editors responded to criticism over its “Wise Latina” cover of Sonia Sotomayor, which portrayed the judge as a Buddha. In “The Week,” the front-of-the-book roundup of news, editors made fun of “lefty bloggers” who found the cover offensive.
Critics focused on artist Roman Genn’s rendering of Sotomayor’s eyes. As a caricaturist, of course, Roman exaggerates his subject’s natural features, and Sotomayor has squinty eyes, especially when she smiles. One cringes at having to explain such things, but so it goes when dealing with people who are willfully dense and humorless.
And there you have it.