New York Post Cartoon Links Obama to Chimp

The New York Post is standing behind a cartoon that some have interpreted as comparing President Barack Obama to a violent chimpanzee gunned down by police.

Credit: New York Post

Credit: New York Post

From the Associated Press:

The cartoon in Wednesday’s Post by Sean Delonas shows two police officers standing over the body of a bullet-riddled chimp. One of the officers says the other, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”

Civil rights activist Al Sharpton called the cartoon “troubling at best given the historic racist attacks of African-Americans as being synonymous with monkeys.”

But Sharpton said the Post should clarify the point it was trying to make with the cartoon, which was playing off Monday’s rampage by a pet chimpanzee in Stamford, Conn., that left a woman severely mauled. Police ended up killing the chimp.

In a statement, Post Editor-in-Chief Col Allan said: “The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event, to wit the shooting of a violent chimpanzee in Connecticut. It broadly mocks Washington’s efforts to revive the economy. Again, Al Sharpton reveals himself as nothing more than a publicity opportunist.”

A story about the cartoon on the liberal-leaning Huffington Post Web site drew hundreds of reader responses, many calling the cartoon racist and insensitive.

Sam Stein, a columnist for the site, wrote that “at its most benign, the cartoon suggests that the stimulus bill was so bad, monkeys may as well have written it. Most provocatively, 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.”

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5 Comments on “New York Post Cartoon Links Obama to Chimp”

  1. jodyjean0821 Says:

    This type of stereotyping is even ALLOWED to be PUBLISHED in this country??? Early magazines and advertisers used this same image to degrade & belittle African Americans in this country. Geez, doesn’t EVERYONE know that??? We still have a long way to go…


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  4. Xavier Says:

    Remember the controversial situation a few months ago where the Spanish Basketball team made slanty-eyed impressions of Asians?

    If you’re unfamiliar with the event, you can read it here: http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/summer08/basketball/news/story?id=3532682

    The OCA (representing Asians) stated disappointment, but almost everyone in voting polls said it wasn’t a big deal.

    Some say the Asians were being too sensitive and that the Spaniards weren’t mocking them. But the very fact that the Spaniards were seen laughing as they did such impressions, implied that they found such looks ‘funny’ or ‘entertaining’. We’ve all been to elementary school, and such impressions were almost always made to insult or tease the poor Asian kid.

    Now a similar situation happens to the African-American community (a much larger than the Asian community in the US), and it immediately causes an uproar. Because as we know, there are strength in numbers. The Black community has grown in numbers in the past few decades, so they have some form of political power. But other minorities don’t have that strength, so it is viewed that if we choose to mock them, there’s nothing they can do about it.

    This very example proves the discrimination against minorities.


  5. very interesting


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