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    Default This week's New Yorker

    On the cover is a topical cartoon relating to Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie and the current unpleasantness about the George Washington Bridge.



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    What's that familiar front end in the middle?
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    And yet, they tell me no Citroen has been sold in the us for the past 30 years. Where did this guy then get his inspiration for this modern grill?

    A case of plagiat, methinks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by harrisson_citroen View Post
    And yet, they tell me no Citroen has been sold in the us for the past 30 years. Where did this guy then get his inspiration for this modern grill?

    A case of plagiat, methinks.
    Actually, over the years, the New Yorker has had more than its fair share of Citroen related cartoons. Not sure, but suspect, that one of their illustrators is a closet Cit Nut .

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    To mine, the fourth back on the right hand side had a certain familiarity about it...

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    Here are the facts as gathered by Julian Marsh. PLEASE do not let this thread become a political diatribe. We are only interested in why a modern Citroen was in an illustration about New York.

    Julian Marsh George Dyke explains:
    I noted that the cover was signed by B. Blitt. A Google search on B. Blitt came up with Barry Blitt, a New York illustrator who had done many New Yorker covers. It said he grew up in Montreal and trained at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. Perhaps he been sufficiently influenced by CitroŽn at some point in his life to prominently feature one on the cover of The New Yorker? I sent him an email today and asked what motivated him to draw the CitroŽn in his illustration?

    Barry was kind enough to respond right away saying: “I have received a stack of messages today about the CitroŽn in my illustration. I’m afraid the truth of the matter is that the New Yorker cover in question was a very last minute assignment, and I wasn’t the least bit aware of the vehicles I rendered in it – I just Googled “oncoming traffic” and copied a whole lot of automobiles in a hurry.”

    “[and for the record, I am not a car person - I learned to drive at 38 years old - so I didn't notice the unfamiliar CitroŽn even as I was drawing it]”

    So unfortunately it wasn’t matter of subliminal placement, a passion for CitroŽns, or anything like that. But we can be thankful that somehow Barry was dealt a traffic shot by Google that featured a CitroŽn. And who says we can’t believe it was divine intervention by the late Andrť CitroŽn himself to tell PSA Peugeot CitroŽn that they should be selling cars again in the USA?

    The whole incident with Mr Christie stems from gridlock that was allegedly engineered to punish a Democratic New Jersey mayor who did not endorse the Governor’s re-election.

    “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” Bridget Anne Kelly, a top aid to Governor Christie wrote on 13 August to David Wildstein, a political appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge. “Got it,” Mr Wildstein replied.


    Mr Christie, seen as a potential future Republican presidential candidate, said on Thursday Jan 8, that he felt “embarrassed and humiliated” by the incident and denied any involvement, blaming “deceitful” staff. That same day he fired Ms. Kelly. And Mr Wildstein has since resigned.
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    I'm travelling at the moment so hadn't been following - surprised it hadn't appeared here in light of the blather all over the web.


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