Protesters gathered outside the New York Post’s Manhattan office last night chanting “shut the Post down” after they claimed a cartoon in the tabloid compared President Obama to a chimpanzee.
The Post's Editor-in-Chief insists his cartoonist was simply mocking the authors of the fiscal stimulus Bill as no better than a team of trained monkeys. But the newspaper’s critics say Sean Delonas’s sketch was tantamount to calling for Barack Obama to be assassinated.
The Danes had this same problem when cartoons of Mohammed were published in a paper.
Is the cartoon offensive? More so to Travis the Now Deceased Chimp than anyone else . . . evolution aside, the animal is getting more bad press than deserved (yes, because he was a wild animal and like it or not, wild, undomesticated animals act on instinct and you cannot ascribe human morality to them) and probably does not to be compared to the authors of the Stimulus Bill.
But when I first saw it, I thought immediately of the old myth, if you place a thousand chimps in front of typewriters, eventually they will peck out the works of Shakespeare. In short, the message is, this bill was written by a bunch of freakin' monkeys. You know, like recent Career Builder commercials that show this poor sap working in an office full of chimps. Hey, we all laughed at that!
To say that it would make one jump to the conclusion that (a) the chimp represents Barack Obama and (b) it is a racist reference and (c) it calls for his assassination, only serves to show our new Attorney General, Eric Holder, is wrong - we are not a nation of cowards, we are a nation of idiots.
By the way, where were the protestors when cartoons like this were published?