I dunno what it is. Maybe he’s talked himself so deep into being a satirist that he’s seeing everything as satire and disregarding that the more important thing is how his audience feels about it?
On a sidenote, that swastika on his book triggers me to no end. It’s such a half-hearted, badly photoshopped botch-job. I mean, if you intend to go there, go there. Make it big, black and bold. Own it.
That would probably also make it easier to convince people that it’s satire…
Maybe I am oldschool, but… Too me, saying you’re a professional satirist doesn’t make it so. Satire is an art form. It’s often very subtle, if done well. He just comes across as crass and clumsy to me. At least the limited stuff I’ve seen from him.
Believe me, if I attack someone, you know. I’d either call him some very obvious swearwords, loudly, or I’d be incredibly vicious and mean.
If you put yourself out there like that, you need to be open to people thinking they need to set the record straight if you talk shit. That is the Prime Directive of writing for public consumption. Sadly, almost everyone who does it is very bad at that.