Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Weiner: New Yorker Cover as King Kong Atop Phallic Empire State Building


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 cuneo-weiner-coverState 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?’”

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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