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Some coffee leaves a bitter after-taste

Posted on 2006.02.03 at 16:58
Current Mood: mischievousmischievous
Current Music: She Was Just a Tartar's Daughter - Fran Frey
I’m going to make a rare foray into the realm of bad taste today.

“Rare? Did Chuck just say rare? What does he take us for?”

OK, maybe not so rare for me in general, but rare for this journal, which has generally been pretty respectable, if nothing else. I came across this graphic on a French blog. Please don’t ask how I ended up there. I took two years of high school French, but I don’t know enough of it today to figure out what this graphic was doing there, though it’s a good bet it didn’t originate there, so who knows where it came from. It’s a new version of a famous photo. The original is one the most famous photos taken during the Vietnam War era. It is a rather graphic depiction of South Vietnamese National Police Chief Brigadier General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Viet Cong officer with a single pistol shot to the head in Saigon on Feb. 1, 1968. I have LJ-cut this in the name of discretion (didn’t think I knew the word, did you?), so if you click on the link, well, I’ve tried to prepare you. My own reaction was one of quietly intense laughter even as my jaw was hitting the floor, but bad taste jokes often play out that way. The first photo is the reworked version; the second is the original.

And the original . . .

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