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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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31.

Lavalava    

OMGosh! Puhleeze!!! This coming from a man who is possibly one of the most racist people in the US! Get a life Mr. Sharpton!

2010 days ago
32.

Concerned and not Confused    

I've just read in excess of 100 blogs regarding the "monkey cartoon".
It appears to me that there are those who don't understand that
perception is reality. If 57% of the respondent's perception is
that everything is okay and there is no racism then their reality is
that and the cartoon is just fine. But for the rest of us who live
the reality of racism everyday and find the cartoon very offensive
and racist, realize that everything is not okay and this cartoon
supports our position.

Bottom line, my perception of the cartoon is that it supports a very negative and racist attitude and mentality, and that is my reality.


Peace and Love Concerned and not Confused

2010 days ago
33.

allen antrim    

Obviously white people need a white Al to spend his time looking at newspapers to find racism directed towards whites. Whites also need a White Entertainment Network and a National Association for the Advancement of White People. Whites need white award programs and a white scholarship fund. There needs to be a new civil rights movement for whites as well-hell, let every race, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, class, pedophile, animal, alien (illegal, legal, outer space), and age bracket and maybe age going back through all the previous etc,etc,etc,......have all these crappy organizations that just misuse the sucker dues. Then we will not need any humor in this very un-funny dump of a culture we are living in because everyone will be offended. I suspect everyone already is offended. Race is an accidental characteristic--no one chooses it; many other characteristics are the same and yet all or most of the offense in this country is over these accidental characteristics. One should really be offended at the non-accidental characteristics of humans-laziness, lovers of lies, propagandists, stupidity, no respect for education, not cleaning trash up around your house or mowing the yard, bothering your neighbors, going to Walmart with uncombed hair and in pajamas----you know, all the stuff you have some control over (I even think it was MLK that wanted his now fighting over money children to be judged on non-accidental characteristics). This president is not holy or royal; he is just another political hack in the grand scheme of US politics. Only holy things can hide behind a curtain, politicians are the least holy and should be open to investigation and humor--I suppose tact is called here and good jokes will have it, but Obama should be the butt of jokes just like all the rest and his accidental quality of race does not give him a free pass otherwise everyone gets a pass for some reason or another.

2010 days ago
34.

el polacko    

umm.. barack didn't write the porkulous bill.. heck, he didn't even
READ it ... so the dead chimp can't possibly be him. some people are
just too touchy about having a mixed-race president.

2010 days ago
35.

Mike    

To Concerned and not Confused

So the fact that the bill was written by White Congressmen, and not our black president, do anything to change your mind that this was a racist cartoon? People see teddy bears in clouds, that doesn't mean the clouds were actually teddy bears.

What reality do you live in where you're consumed by racism every day? Did that red light you caught this morning, but the white driver ahead of you didn't, further prove your theory that racism is everywhere?

2010 days ago
36.

fed up    

If this is racist, Then I pity the first person that offers president Obama some watermelon or fried chicken. Better make sure that they are not on the buffet of any dinner he may attend.

2010 days ago
37.

Sidewalk Talk    

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."

KUDOS to the Post's EIC. If he was drawing for Newsday, the EIC there would have destroyed his life. Sharpo wanted to see this cartoonist murdered the same way the Dutch cartoonists would be if the fanatical Islamo-nazis get ahold of them.

2010 days ago
38.

Safprods    

for the record, a chimp is an ape, not a monkey

and Bush was compared to a chimp for most of his 8 years. look past race, people. Obama is a joke, regardless of his multi-ethnicity

2010 days ago
39.

hussein    

blacks need to send a better prespective ofthier race not the likes of AL.JESSIE and louis .

2010 days ago
40.

NYone    

Well... When you belong to a race that is known for oppressing another for hundreds of years you kind of lose the right to claim white power as it is demeaning to every other race in the free world,..Jesus there are some really retarded people posting on here today ..As I stated before you all know that the context in which Bush is called a chimp is not the same as when Obama is called that ..you know better than that ..or then again maybe not ..since you are retarded

2010 days ago
41.

suritomkatfan    

What most people seem to forget is this is America! We welcome racists, bigots, idiots, morons, and so on. Its a FREE country! If you think this cartoon is racist, so be it, its racist, dont buy their paper. If you think its funny, know that you are slightly more evolved and enjoy it. It is so funny to see these people cry racist all the time yet racism is technically perfectly legal. You can hate all you want. Most people hate something. There are obvious limits which we could argue but the bottom line is, we welcome ALL to the great U.S.! And we "hope" racists change.

2010 days ago
42.

ohcomeon    


Why do black people have to constantly play the race card? Everything is all about race to them. Who's racist?? The slave days were way before our time, why are you still taking it out on people who never seen it in their lifetime? Yes, there's racists, but these days the majority are black. They make everything about race!

2010 days ago
43.

Ohio Granny    

I think it means that the stimulus bill is so insane and wirthout reason that it must have been written by a crazed monkey, or a barrel of monkeys, or see no/hear no/speak no evil monkeys. Geez, when I was growing up, my mother would haul me to these revival meetings where the visiting evangelists would all see Satan and the flames of hell fires everywhere and in everything, reaching out to grab us with their tenticles.. Al Sharpton doesnt see the irony that WE HAVE A BLACK PRESIDENT NOW, AL. WE ARE POST RACIAL NOW, AL. GIVE IT UP YOU, YOU, YOU............., dope. Of course I mean that in the most loving, non critical, non racial way.

2010 days ago
44.

jeff    

first of all al sharpton is nothing but a worthless piece of garbage. secondly to renzo and yeah i said it let me guess you both are unemployed black men who are blaming us white people for all your problems when the only people you have to blame are yourselves. so quit bitching and get off the food stamps,welfare checks and medical cards and get a job.

2010 days ago
45.

Nicky    

I think the message from Mr. Sharpton is clear. Monkeys should be a protected class of citizens

2010 days ago
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