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Sharpton Spanks the Monkey Cartoon

2/18/2009 11:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The Reverend Al Sharpton is putting the smack down on the New York Post, suggesting racism could be a factor in a political cartoon featured in this morning's edition.

Al Sharpton
The cartoon (by Sean Delonas) comes in the wake of yesterday's national news story about the cop who shot and killed a rampaging chimp in Connecticut. But the controversy in the comic comes from the dialogue between the two officers -- which reads, "Now they will have to find someone else to write the stimulus bill."

Before most of you woke up, Sharpton already fired off a statement saying, "The 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 "Now they will have to find someone else to write the stimulus bill."

"Being that the stimulus bill has been the first legislative victory of President Barack Obama (the first African American president) and has become synonymous with him it is not a reach to wonder are they inferring that a monkey wrote the last bill?"

Calls to the Post have not been returned.Launch Photos

UPDATE: The editor-in-chief of the NY Post just released this statement: "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."

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ctay    

Dur evolution we are all monkeys. Im not going to stop calling my kids monkeys just because someone finds it racist. Back the heck off. It wasnt meant that way. Go back to crying tears of joy for Obama. This PC crud is so yesterday.

1886 days ago
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pogo star    

Bush was depicted as a monkey in political cartoons for most of his presidency. How is this different?

1886 days ago
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Buster    

IDIOTS! OBAMA DID NOT WRITE THE STIMULUS BILL. The artist is talking about congress. A congress that has the lowest approval rating. They are idiots or primitive. That is the comparison. The stimulus bill could have been written by a monkey (ape) it is so bad.
If electing the first African-American does not prove that the majority in this country are not racist, then what the hell does it take. Al Sharpton and other black Community Organizers need to exercise their itchy trigger finger every now and then. That is all this is. Those that think this is racism need to really think about this. You are all still slaves to your own perceptions. You need to take off your own chains and realize you are above this.
There is and always will only be one race.

1886 days ago
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honestly, people    

If you don't realize that the bill wasn't written by obama, i don't know that you can have a say. it wasn't written by him, so this whole "racism" cry is moot... how can you call someone a monkey (which, if it were directed at obama, would be racist) if the only thing they did was sign the thing? I'm confident that the post was saying that the stimulus was so jumbled (over 1,000 pages) that it must've been written by a monkey... either that, or "all politicians are monkeys". If you always think white people are out to keep you down, you're as much of a racist as the white people that actually are trying to keep you down... rise above race.

1886 days ago
5.

brummy    

I just can't how this cartoon is comparing Barack to a monkey. Now, Michelle'sa different story..................

1886 days ago
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Juggtacular    

I live in Australia, and our absolutely-hopeless PM has also announced a similair stimulus package: to spend money that you don't have, and send the country into debt. Typical Left. In OZ the left is called Labor. And, they are a bunch of monkeys too. The cartoon is referring to the ineptness and brainlessness of Government, that all.

1886 days ago
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JOKER    

Mickey Dolenz has released a statement that neither he, nor his bandmates in The Monkees, had anything to do with the stimulus bill. In fact, Dolenz states that they never stimulated anything -except maybe in private...

1886 days ago
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ceyanne    

Amen to the following 2 comments:

"Where was racist Al when Bush was being compared to a chimp?"

Posted at 9:55AM on Feb 18th 2009 by clis

and

"Its like when people called George Bush a chimp but if you call Obama a chimp, its racism.
Or if you had a network called White Entertainment Television it would be racist, but Black Entertainment Television isnt."

Posted at 9:55AM on Feb 18th 2009 by Lord Xenu

1886 days ago
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Juggtacular    

Didn't Bill Clinton want to give home loans to ppl who couldn't afford to pay for them?
That, is the cause of the sub prime market crash and the resulting financial crises.
Vote #1

1886 days ago
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Taylor    



Does welfare pay for your computer, hammajamma?

1886 days ago
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Elaine 27    

Why the gun? This is soooooo disturbing to any intellegent person looking at this. We know how the racist red necks love thier guns and hatred for black people and depecting them as a monkey, an ape or even a chimp. We know that at the Sarah Palin rallies it was shown on TV, some white people carrying a monkey toy and depecting it to be President Obama. Sean Delonas needs psychological help to deal with his deep seated bigotry. What with the gun? Why resort to killing to get a new bill. If I were the President I would send the CIA to pay him a visit. My god, President Ohama is not even in office a month and the media is sending off signals for the carzies among us to assinate him. My God protect President Obama and his family, because the evil people among us do not want him to push this country into the 21st century and put the USA on the map again. The stimulus bill will be used to invest in education, so that our children can be on par with the other kids who are way a head in other industrialized countries such as China and Japan. This is just one of the benefits of the stimulus package that caused Sean Delonas to depict such a violent cartoon. The NY Post will be hearing form me.

1886 days ago
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BJ    

OF COURSE THEY ARE HOLLERING RACISM, IT'S ALL THEY KNOW HOW TO DO!!!!!!!! BLACK KIDS BEAT UP A WHITE KID IN LOUISIANA, BUT THEY THINK THE LAW DOES NOT APPLY TO THEM, SO WHAT DO THEY DO, THEY MARCH. COULD'NT GET OUT OF THEY WAY OF A HURRICANE IN N.O., BUT CAN MAKE IT TO A SMALL LA. TOWN TO RAISE HELL ABOUT JUSTICE. IF YOU WOULD LOOK UP HOW SLAVERY STARTED IN THIS COUNTRY, YOU WILL SEE THAT AFRICA DIDN'T WANT THESE PEOPLE, SO THEY SHIPPED THEM TO THE U.S. AND TODAY ALL YOU HAVE TO HAVE IS 1/64th BLACK BLOOD AND YOU ARE CONSIDERED AFRICAN-AMERICAN! SO OBAMA BEING HALF WHITE MAKES HIM AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN, AND THIS COUNTRY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AS LONG AS THE BLACKS THINK AMERICA OWES THEM, WHICH IT DOESN'T!!!!!! RACISM IS HERE TO STAY BECAUSE OF THE BLACK MAN, NOT THE WHITE MAN.
SIGNED A CAJUN-AMERICAN.

1886 days ago
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Sherry    

"181. A black man finally reaches the White House and all of a sudden this makes up for all racism in the world..How soon we forget.....It sickens me to see racism alive and well STILL in this country...wake up people!! President Obama hasn't even been in the White House 100 days and everything he does is questioned...The Stimulas just got signed and the Nay Sayers are tripping over themselves with the negative comments.. Bush was in the White House for 8 years...F**KED us all up and NOBODY complaining about that....."

So, how long will it take? What do we have to do to move on from something that our ancestors did? Something not supported by most people alive today. PLEASE tell us - what do you want? And while you're thinking about it, remember it was also the white race that ultimately fought against slavery - it was also the white race that fought for voting rights - it was the white race that fought against segregation. WHEN will the black race stop raising their children to be racist???????

1886 days ago
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light357    

I would call it racist. Two cops shooting a MONKEY and then compare it to a BLACK MAN. Perhaps we would like to think that a reputable newspaper (especially in New York) would be able to see beyond color. BUT obviously NOT. I have choices to get my news from other sources, and I will choose NOT to support this paper anymore by not subscribing.

Racist undertone is still just plain ol' racism. Just a little sneaky about it. My advice: Diversity workshops for your writers and editors.

1886 days ago
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kim    

SHARPTON is saying blacks are like monkeys & thats why this cartoon is offensive????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What a racist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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