FBLA Readers Say Monkey Cartoon ‘Ain’t Right’

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?