NY Post ‘Slammed’ For Obama Cartoon, Linking Dead Monkey/Chimp To President
The New York Post is drawing criticism for a troubling cartoon which appears to link President Barack Obama to a dead crazed monkey / chimpanzee. In the media, on blog web sites across the net as well as civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton, many are outraged at the possible linking of the president with a rabid chimp.
The cartoon which was in today’s Post and on the New York Post website was illustrated by Sean Delonas and shows a dead chimp splattered in it’s own blood while two police officers stand over it one with a smoking gun while the caption reads, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”
The cartoon supposedly refers to Travis the 200-pound pet chimpanzee shot dead by police in Stamford, Connecticut on Monday after it mauled a 55-year-old woman and friend of its owner, tearing at her face.
The Reverend Al Sharpton has condemned the New York Post cartoon stating, â€œThe cartoon in today’s New York Post is troubling at best given the historic racist attacks of African-Americans as being synonymous with monkeys… One has to question whether the cartoonist is making a less than casual reference to this when in the cartoon they have police saying after shooting a chimpanzee that â€˜Now they will have to find someone else to write the stimulus bill.â€™”
“At its most benign, the cartoon suggests that the stimulus bill was so bad, monkeys may as well have written it,” writes Sam Stein of the Huffington Post. “Others believe it compares the president to a rabid chimp. Either way, the incorporation of violence and (on a darker level) race into politics is bound to be controversial. Perhaps that’s what Delonas wanted.”