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FBLA Readers Say Monkey Cartoon ‘Ain’t Right’

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By an overwhelming majority, our readers that voted think the cartoon by Sean Delonas that ran in the NY Post yesterday was inappropriate at best.

A lot of people voted in on this one. A lot. It’s clearly got people ‘up in arms’. For the record – we thought the New Yorker cover last summer was funny and pretty decent satire. The controversy around it was stupid. But the cover was poignant.

Here’s the thing with comedy: poking fun at power is funny. Kicking the weak is not funny. Monkeys – very funny. Cops shooting monkey dead – not funny. Cops being stupid – funny. Cops assassinating man-like mammals – not funny.

Equating our new first black president to an assassinated (shot twice in the chest) monkey – NOT FUNNY.

And even saying,”No, no – he didn’t mean Obama – he meant Congress.”

We say that true racists – true ones – not the ones you have to read between the lines to see they are kind of biased – but the real ones. The ones on the mailing lists for neo-Nazi groups. The ones that complain that their local dry cleaner won’t starch their white hood properly. When those people look at this cartoon – do THEY see Congress?

And if THEY like it – hang it in their cabins – put it on t-shirts and email it to all their friends – then? – then is it racist?

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