The NY Post is sorry—sort of

Post backtracks after taking heat over cartoon featuring a couple of police officers shooting a chimpanzee


Two days ago, the New York Post ran an ill-considered cartoon featuring a couple of police officers shooting a chimpanzee. “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill,” says one cop to the other. The idea, says the Post, was to mock the fiscal package currently before Congress as ineptly written (a thousand monkeys, a thousand typewriters etc, etc.). The cartoon also vaguely referenced the police shooting of a chimp that had attacked a woman in Connecticut. Alas, it quickly incurred the wrath of African Americans who thought the chimp was a thinly veiled and racist reference to President Barack Obama. Today, the Post apologizes to those who were truly offended, but goes on to blame the controversy on “opportunists” who had axes to grind with the paper. “Sometimes a cartoon is just a cartoon,” it says. True enough. Then again, sometimes an apology is not really an apology.

Apology here

Cartoon here (with Guardian story)

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The NY Post is sorry—sort of

  1. I wholeheartedly support the Post’s explanation. I “got” the cartoon immediately and I thought it was funny. Were it not for the likes of Al Sharpton who will find controversy anywhere just to get a headline, others might have seen the humor as well.

    • couldn’t agree with you more!

  2. Several years ago, my father, who was born a century ago, made a comment about a “nigger”. I said, “Dad, you shouldn’t use that word. it shows hate toward black people, and is demeaning.
    He replied, “Oh, I didn’t know. I’m sorry.”
    “OK” I thought, “chalk it up to ignorance; he wouldn’t knowingly say anything to hurt anyone.”

    When I saw the cartoon in the NY Post, I didn’t associate the monkey with a black person; I thought the monkey represented the ineptness of those drawing up the “Stimulus” package. Chalk that up to ignorance. I suppose the NY Post is in the same category as I, If they thought the cartoon had no racial significance. Chalk it up to ignorance!

  3. This stupid cartoon is the least of the sins committed by that squalid little rag over the years.

  4. Didn’t they get the memo? Only Bush is allowed to be depicted as a chimpanzee.

  5. Oh god give it a rest , its satire, not racism…..

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