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What? Be worried: Mad ends

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06.07.2019

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Most of the world learned about the demise of Mad magazine on July 4, which is appropriate for two reasons: It has been an American institution for almost seven decades, and that was the day that the president of this great land delivered an Independence Day speech in the nation's capital that included this observation about the Continental Army's performance during the War of Independence: "Our army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports — it did everything it had to do."

This line, apparently dreamed up by speechwriters whose patriotic enthusiasm vastly outstripped their scholarship, conjured up images that could only have been illustrated by Mad magazine stalwarts like Jack Davis or Mort Drucker: George Washington and his men in line at an air-terminal Cinnabon, perhaps, or a Hessian mercenary trying to sneak a musket through a TSA check.

This was the same week that racist trolls took to social media to castigate the Walt Disney Studios for casting an African-American actress in the title role in an upcoming live-action version of "The Little Mermaid." They argued that since the original Ariel was a Caucasian redhead, the selection of 19-year-old Halle Bailey represented a........

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