If Anthony Weiner doesn’t get it now, he never will: the new cover of The New Yorker shows him as King Kong atop a phallic Empire State Building. He’s got a smartphone camera in his hand so he can take pictures of er, his impressive skyscraper manhood. He’s also hounded by news helicopters. Does Weiner know it’s over? He will not be the mayor of New York.
Artist John Cuneo says of his “Carlos Danger” painting: “With a topic like Anthony Weiner, how can you find anything broad or funny that he hasn’t already personally breached? Free association made me think of the Empire State Building, and then King Kong, the iconic image of him straddling it. And then Weiner sexting, his head tilted and looking a certain way—I just stumbled upon the image as I was sketching. But all I could think about while working on this piece was, ‘Will Weiner still be in the race by the time it runs?’”