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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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Elaine 27    

May God protect President Obama form the evil racist rednecks who would like to see him killed. The CIA needs to get to the bottom of this. This cartoon is very disrespectful to the sitting president of the USA.This racist ass cartoonist is the one who needs to be shot by the white cops for sending of signals for the racists among us to assinate President Obama - the first black president of the US. Sean Delonas is a TERRORIST and should be sent to "GITMO". There is not excuse for this trash. When is this going to stop? Just recently we had Chip Saltsman who was running for the Republican chair distributing the CD with Barrack the Magic Negro. Now we have this violent cartoon by Sean Delonas with two white cop shooting to death a chimp ( everyone is aware of the stigma of comparing a black man to a monkey), inferring that by killing the president, the next stimulus bill will be written by someone else. SEAN DELONAS IS A SICK DERANGE RACIST AND THE EDITOR WHO APPROVES THIS CARTOON IS JUST AS SICK.

I will not accept the notion that he was not inferring to President Obama, because the first person who comes to mind when the stimulus package is mentioned is President Obama, not Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid. This is a sad day in America. Race relations have so ways to go in this country. What a shame. Shame on you Sean Delonas. On second thought I do not think that you have any shame at all, because your blatant racism is in your DNA

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Amanda    

Doesn't anyone remember that the police had to shoot some lady's "pet" chimp this week??!!! Hello????

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Soonerdiver    

Since some individuals make reference to blacks as "jungle bunny's" does that mean if the cops had shot a rabbit it would be racist? Considering who is making the charge I would simply say consider the source.

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