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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.

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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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Amazing how many would turn their heads on reality. Just as many have done during slavery. They may not have owned slaves but the witness much of the inhumanities of that era and turn the heads the other way and pretended it was not happening.

This is a racist cartoon. It was meant to be. if not only for the purpose of getting this string of publicity. I have encountered many people who expresses in their conversations about the president nothing but pure hatred and fear of him. Hatred because he is non-white and fear because he might succeed in areas where the 43 white presidents before him has failed. Many of his republican colleagues are shaking in their boots thinking he might outshine the previous commander-in-chiefs.

2042 days ago


"This cartoon is very disrespectful to the sitting president of the USA."

OMFG are you SERIOUS?! Because there were NEVER any disrespectful cartoons when Bush was in office, right? I love how you libs can dish it out but the second it comes back at you, you all squawk "racism!" and "disrespect!". Where was the respect when they portrayed Bush as a chimp, huh? But that's ok, he was a Republican? More typical do as I say, not as I do from the Dems. Pathetic but not surprising int he least.

2042 days ago


There is NOTHING in the cartoon that says the monkey is a black man. When i first looked at this I saw a monkey and thought because monkeys are stupid. The last thing i thought of was a black person?? I think Al bringing it to everyones attention is MAKING people, who would never have looked at it that way, look at it and cry racism. To me that is racism in and of itself - to be saying its racist because we blacks are like monkeys. Thats offensive to everyone! Al you are stupid like a monkey but I am not!

2042 days ago


This is ridiculous and such a double standard it makes me sick - just google Bush Chimp and see what you find!!! Where was the outgrage????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

2042 days ago


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2042 days ago


Joyce 31 - get a life. There has been a conspiracy to kill EVERY prsident, Obama certianly isnt the first and will not be the last. If you dont want to be viewed against racially WHY WHY WHY make everything about race? Its called chip on your shoulder. Get over your issues.

2042 days ago


I'm amazed at the comments made on this site about this cartoon. Especially those that don't feel as if this cartoon is racist. It just shows how much we haven't been educated on the history of racism in this country. Yes, we have an African American president, but that still doesn't erase some of the views that a lot of Americans have towards other minority groups. If you were properly educated you'd know that African-Americans were often referred to as monkeys in a very derogatory way. This cartoon may not have been racially motivated but it's extremely insulting and insensitive. I think that people need to adjust their mind sets and realize that what may have went over with other presidents, won't fly with our current one. Ignorance=fear=racism

2042 days ago

Purpose Driven    

I give up!! people have GOT to be kidding me!...Either you are deaf dumb and blind or you just dont WANT to see what this really is...RACISM!!!...No matter that the President had nothing to do with writing the stimulas bill.....WHAT HAS A DEAD MONKEY GOT TO DO WITH A STIMULAS BILL??!! and not to be mean in any way when I say this, but how would you know what Racism truely is unless you have experienced it first hand.....Think about that..unless you've walked a mile in my shoes, how can you tell me how they feel..

2042 days ago


For all of you whites out there that want to avoid the racist label you need to do the following:

First, never use any word that starts with "N". That dastardly word – you know what one I’m talking about - is referred to as the "N-word" and therefore any word beginning with "N" is also the "N-Word". You see? Using a word that starts with “N” makes you an obvious racist (Oh, and your mere thinking of the word is the same as saying the word making you a racist).

Second, be careful never to use any word that contains letters that would spell out any word that a Black person may have ever been called that is considered derogatory or racially offensive. If you do use a word containing these letters, then you are knowingly using White code to call a Black person a racial epithet.

Third, no White person must ever give any monetary contribution to any zoo. The reason? Well duh! Zoos house primates such and monkeys and apes and as we all know, monkeys and apes are obviously and inherently racist in every way. Compounding the problem is the fact that these primates are locked in cages which reminds all Blacks of slavery. If you're White and you support your local zoo then you are an obvious racist and you want to keep Black people slaves.

Fourth, you are not allowed as a White person to ever criticize anything done by Obama. You see, it is so obvious that the only reason you’re criticizing him is because he’s Black. There can by NO other explanation for disagreement.

Remember these rules and you’ll be okay.

Also, any White out there who voted for Obama didn’t vote for him as a whole. If you’re White then you voted for the White half of Obama. This proves that 100% of Whites who voted for Obama are racists because they refused to vote for the Black half, and all Blacks who said no Black President would ever be elected were right because more Whites voted for him in this election then Blacks and these Whites voted for his White half only.

2042 days ago


Joyce31, get an education. CIA has no investigative authority in the United States. They are not a law enforcement agency,. Additionally, no law has been broken by a satirical cartoon, which is covereed by the U.S. Constitution. BTW, what the hell is "assinate." some sort of sexual proclivity?

2042 days ago


So does this mean if Al Sharpton eats a saltine cracker I should be offended ,what an idiot.

2042 days ago


African Americans (not all) need to understand the majority of Americans are so tired of them yelling racism every chance they get. Get over it! I thought now that we have an African American president it would shut people like Al Sharpton up. Stop screaming victim, you look like a bunch of pansies. The majority of this country wasn't born during the slave days, so stop blaming, pointing fingers and crying racism every minute. We are sick of it! It makes those who think and act like Al Sharpton look like weak idiots. Al Sharpton shouldn't be representing African Americans as he's a poor example. Obama is president. If this country was so racist he wouldn't be president. Please stop.

2042 days ago

Elaine 27    

163. Two things. Chimps aren't monkeys, and Obama didn't write the stimulus bill.

Case closed.

Posted at 1:25PM on Feb 18th 2009 by Jim


But President Obama is the face of the stimulus bill. What with the guns?

2042 days ago


Where was Al Sharpton when Warren Ballentine was calling President Bush "Old Yellar". Was he saying that President Bush needed to be put down?

2042 days ago


It is only racist when you need some publicity. I love the joke and I truly thank the liberal media for finally making a joke that makes sense and is humorous. Thank you for writing this joke New York Post.

2042 days ago
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