Wednesday’s Page Six cartoon – caricaturing Monday’s police shooting of a chimpanzee in Connecticut – has created considerable controversy.
It shows two police officers standing over the chimp’s body: “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill,” one officer says.
It was meant to mock an ineptly written federal stimulus bill.
But it has been taken as something else – as a depiction of President Obama, as a thinly veiled expression of racism.
This most certainly was not its intent; to those who were offended by the image, we apologize.
However, there are some in the media and in public life who have had differences with The Post in the past – and they see the incident as an opportunity for payback.
To them, no apology is due.
Sometimes a cartoon is just a cartoon – even as the opportunists seek to make it something else.
Um. What the fuck, New York Post. What. The. Fuck. Clearly, the end is a personal attack against Al Sharpton (mature!), who’s had a long history of battles with the Post and whom I’ve always thought can be just as much of an asset as a liability. That said, don’t use a completely necessary apology as a personal attack against one person and phrase that personal attack such that it completely invalidates your apology to the general public, you asswipes.
PS: A quick Google News search reveals that this story is getting play all over the US (obviously) but also the UK, India, Australia, and China. The stereotype of America being hopelessly racist continues!