Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Cleaning Fanatic







Today's Bizarro cartoon is brought to you by Nature's Cleaning Tools.

When I drew this cartoon, I thought "mopologist" was just one of those funny, overly-professional-sounding words for a minimum -wage labor position. The idea of a janitor getting all Mission Impossible with his job seemed amusing, so I drew it up. When it published last week, I got an email from a reader who informed me that the word is real, although it means "an apologist for the Mormon Church." WTF?

Which begs the question, when is one of them going to apologize to me? And what would they apologize for?

In light of the actual meaning of the word, this cartoon takes on a surreal tone.

14 comments:

thedanmancan said...

I was the Musical Director for a play that had its run this past weekend. As we were striking the set at the Opera House on Sunday, I was walking downstairs and two Mormons were making their way up. Myself and a few other people were carrying things down and the Mormons asked if we needed any help. I said, "I don't think there is any soliciting here." I went outside for a moment. When I came back in they were kind of just standing around watching the cast and crew break everything down. Then they left. It was amusing.

doug nicodemus said...

they would be apologizing for trying to make crazy naked woman their 3rd wife...how preposterous is that?

melissa said...

Ha! I think every religion out there should have a Department of Apology to apologize to everyone it has excluded, oppressed, vilified, and sacrificed in the name of [fill-in-the-blank deity]. I guess the Mormons are just making it official?

Father Joe said...

It's funny how the word "apologist" and "apology" seem as if they're related. It sounds as if an "apologist" is one who apologizes, but in reality the two words aren't related to each other at all.

An "apologist" is one who writes or debates "apologetics", which can loosely be described as defending a particular school of thought.

It's mostly used for talking about defending religious institutions (ie. Christian Apologetics), but it can also relate to anything political or academic.

C said...

Don't worry - if you have an address and a front door, mormon apologists will likely visit you at some point or another.

Bryan R. Terry said...

As a Mormon, a long-time fan of Bizarro and fanatic follower of the Bizarro Blog, I hereby issue a blanket apology to Dan Piraro: "We're sorry."

Tanja said...

Bryan: Hahaha! Very funny! Yay for the Mormon apologist :)) Hats off (if I had one) to your sense of humour!

Lady Wolf's Notes said...

Dan, "Cleaning Fanatic" and the path it took during and after its creation are truly hilarious. I enjoyed everyone's comments, too!

Fnord Serious said...

People in Salt Lake use Mo as a prefix to connote an association with Mormons. So the proper pronunciation would be Mo-Pologist, rather than the Mop-Ologist that the cartoon assumes.

Love Bizzarro, BTW. Been reading it for years.

HawaiianBrian said...

For some reason I read "Mopologist" as "mope"-ologist. As in one who studies the art and/or science of moping. Which, I guess I'd do if I was a mopologist and dared call myself that.

H said...

Shame that everything Mormon appears negative. Bryan R. Terry's comments are right on.
Apparently Bizarro has at least 2 fanatic followers, who are also Mormon.

BTW: Next time I'm at Sunday School I'll ask about the chicken feet & wings.

leroyinca said...

I think the link to "labor position" should have been this one. http://www.flickr.com/photos/alezzz/2333434798/

marin_explorer said...

You always come up with some cool, dadaist ideas for the strip--outside of any real point, which can be the point after all.

Ginger said...

i used to be a mopologist....a janitor, that is, not a mormon apologist.

i think bryan r terry deserves an award here for retaining is sense of humor in the midst of the mormon bashing. ~ okay, so it wasn't really bashing so much as a little smooshing.

still...