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  • I have not seen it, do you happen to have a link?
  • It is just that a cartoon. It is ironic that the chimpanzee was shot down as a result of an attack upon a woman but it is merely a metaphor for the stimulus package which is nothing more than shell game. Now brother Al run his mouth Sharpton is trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill as usual.
  • I didn't see it either. Nice to see you JuJu!!!
  • Very inappropriate. Some consider it racist. I think it's in very poor taste, even for a newspaper that I consider to be one of the worst I've ever read.
  • Yes, I think it was incredibly offensive. I cannot believe that in the year 2009, people think that it's still okay to be so blatantly racist. And the fact that NYP stands behind the cartoon makes them even a bigger joke! (You beat me to this question. I was just about to post it myself. Welcome back, Jujubee!)
  • I don't get what the big to-do is about this cartoon, and I'm certainly no fan of the NY Post. This particular cartoon is obviously making a statement about the intelligence (or rather the lack of intelligence) of Congress and their stimulus bill. It's a very blatant homage to the "infinite monkey theorem" that states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare. It's also obviously inspired by the recent monkey shooting in Connecticut. The cartoonist took a weird news blurb and mixed it in with pop culture and current political doings in congress. I found it extremely witty and clever. (The funny thing is that the Europeans seemed to get the wit behind this right away. Perhaps Americans have lost their appreciation for this "highest form" of humor) How anyone can consider this racist is beyond me. I think Al Sharpton is nuts. (The only people I would have expected to be outraged for this one would be PETA)
  • Folks that believe it is racist have been brainwashed by their elders. The dead chimp symbolizes Pelosi and the "yes men" congress, not our President.
  • I think that the cartoonist must be white. The cartoon is racist, but not intentionally so. It is ignorant racism. Has the cartoonist thought about the racist history of comparing people of colour to monkeys? I doubt it.
  • I look at it like this- People called bush all kinda names made so much fun of him, and you never heard him complain! I don't think it is racist at all! It is a cartoon. Where have the Americans gone? . To everyone saying it is racist is this cartoon racist?
  • It's totally racist but to be expected from that rag. Two white men shooting a monkey with a "Beware of Dogs" sign was racist beyond belief. Top it off with assassination worries about our President too. Sick sick sick.
  • Is this racist?
  • i don't think so..but these days every single thing can be found to be racist
  • If white people had been paralleled to monkeys constantly in the past in order to degrade them, it would be. Since they have not been, it's not. Try again.
  • I dont think so. Dumb maybe, but not racist
  • No. It is satirical.
  • It is rather too easy to misunderstand. The monkey (actually ape) shooting in Connecticut was local news: lots of us never heard about it, or if we did, ignored it as local news. Whereas the stimulus package, and Pres Obama as the sponsor (of not, technically, the writer) of it are world news. So the meaning of the cartoon will be very different if the chimp shooting is local news - which it was to the cartoonist - or not. Connecticut locals have a real monkey; the rest of the word wonder who the monkey is intended to represent and jump to the conclusion it is Obama, and thence to the allegation that NYPD want to shoot him.
  • Nope, it's just Bush-ist.
  • The Post has always been a rag of a paper not fit to line a bird cage with.
  • I would have said yes 8 years ago but after hearing the left call Bush Chimp for 8 years by their standards it is not a bit racist.
  • The rich get richer, the poor get richer, the middle class gets poorer and love everything they worked for their entire lives.
  • I had not seen it until you posted this question. While it may not meant to have been written to be racist, I can certainly see why some would see it as such. I had never heard of the infinite monkey theorem until this question either. I don't see that it has anything to do with this cartoon.
  • Oh for god's sake, of course it is. It's not even subtle. Look at all of the other cartoons by this artist and they're the same: Obama is a monkey, Obama smells funny, etc etc etc. There is a very long history of comparing black people to monkeys and a long line of racist imagery using this trope. Add in the murder on top of that and it's pretty much advocating his assassination, something that I've certainly never seen in any Bush caricature. It's what you call a dogwhistle - it sends out a message to people of your ilk that is not audible to the rest of us while maintaining plausible deniability. Certainly the artist will deny any racist intent, as he has with the other racist cartoons he has drawn, but he still gets the message across. Lovely touch of the policeman being the one to murder him. If you've ever had to worry about a loved one being shot by police for being the wrong skin color, you pick up on that detail right away. What kind of horrible people would publish this? Desperate and attention-seeking ones, I guess. But the Post has always been trash, so I'm not surprised. Contact the Post here: letters@nypost.com
  • Oh for god's sake, of course it's racist. It's not even subtle. Look at all of the other cartoons by this artist and they're the same: Obama is a monkey, Obama smells funny, etc etc etc. There is a very long history of comparing black people to monkeys and a long line of racist imagery using this trope. Add in the murder on top of that and it's pretty much advocating his assassination, something that I've certainly never seen in any Bush caricature. It's what you call a dogwhistle - it sends out a message to people of your ilk that is not audible to the rest of us while maintaining plausible deniability. Certainly the artist will deny any racist intent, but he still gets the message across. Even on this very website people are trying to claim that the cartoonist is referring to congress or to Nancy Pelosi. Look at the attached cartoon and explain to me, how is it that the same cartoonist in the same paper clearly credits Obama for the stimulus package and then a few days later, when paired with racist imagery it's supposed to be referring to someone else? Come on. Lovely touch of the policeman being the one to murder him. If you've ever had to worry about a loved one being shot by police for being the wrong skin color, you pick up on that detail right away. What kind of horrible people would publish this? Desperate and attention-seeking ones, I guess. But the Post has always been trash, so I'm not surprised.
  • BULLSH*T !! if that wasn't a racist remark! any fool could see that
  • Was the same in the Anchorage Daily News. Put both there to distract fromthe other. smart.
  • Meant to be a comment! sorry :(
  • *Edit* meant to be a comment! :( Sorry!

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