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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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46.

Mike    

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

Posted at 4:47PM on Feb 18th 2009 by NYone

Your post is the most ironic thing I have read today.

2012 days ago
47.

respect everyone    

This could have been easily avoided....by not posting it....they knew what could happened....its not like it doesnt get reviewed IT DOES!!!!!.........yeah its in the us history books that we came from monkeys...and the same history books also tells us about how blacks were treated (CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT) and one of the ways were....calling us by "black monkeys".......so it might not offend you all....because your primary descent is not AFRICAN...okay....yeah i think we should move on by not posting things as of that nature that could be portrayed as racist!!!! THEY SHOULD HAVE NOT POSTED IT SIMPLE AS THAT!!!!

2012 days ago
48.

Mike    

BET is racially insensitive! It's name seems to preclude any other race from enjoying it's programing.

2012 days ago
49.

Lee    

Abraham Lincoln was right when he said that blacks and whites would never be able to live together because of our cultural differences. You may think we're growing as a country because we have a black President but that hasn't changed the huge chunk of attitude most blacks have. You can't even make a joke that HAS NOTHING to do with our President without blacks getting their low riding underwear in a bunch. Monkeys people!! The government is run by MONKEYS!! If you're too IGNORANT to get the joke than please don't comment. Obviously Sharpton is one of those IGNORANT people.

2012 days ago
50.

Lee    

257
I have experianced racism first hand and it was by the hands of African Americans which, in my opionion, are WAY more racist then most whites. In fact I experiance it everyday when I'm scrolling through channels and I see your BET or the NAACP Award Shows.
SCENARIO: A black man owns a store and is looking to hire one person to work it for him. Two people come in qualified for the job. One is white and one is black. Who does he hire? I promise you he hires the black person. Now is that racism or is it just an African American being more comfortable by having another African American working for him?
We're all comfortable around people that are like us. Nothing personal just human nature.

2012 days ago
51.

Yellow Rose    

Obama did NOT write the bill. It was his job to do so but he didn't. He, for some insane reason, allowed Pelosi to do it.

2012 days ago
52.

Madeleine    

I don't think the artist meant that Obama was a monkey, I think he meant the crazy chimp or someone like him, wrote the stimulus bill, if you've read it that is very possible. The surfer dude with the racist surfboard worries me more. Al Sharpton is a hate monger anyway, obviously he doesn't have his people looking for black racists remarks and signs, they are just as racist, if not more racist than whites are. I would think they would stop acting like beaten dogs while they are in all the movie magazines , radio shows, news shows, and dominater all the award shows and all the rest of it, rappers are walking around in 1000 dollar outfits and driving cars I would never be able to afford. Give it up, lets give the Chinese a shot, they were slaves too, funny they never mention it though. Blacks are also the biggest anti Semites in the world, whats up with that Al?

2012 days ago
53.

Lee    

#248
You are so ignorant! You have no idea that blacks had black slaves! Are you retarded or something? Do you think Americans went over to your mother land and brought them here ourselves??? Your PEOPLE were sold by BLACK SLAVE OWNERS in your mother land and they were shipped here. In fact, slavery was going on in Africa way before it hit our shores. So in all seriousness you need to be more pissed at your ancestors than whitey. Just read and/or watch the news and you'll see all the crap that's going on in Africa even as I write this. Those are your ancestors that can't even get along with each other let alone white people.

2012 days ago
54.

Oh my God    

This is so ridiculous, evolution says we are all from monkeys.....so what's the deal! It is so hard to write, post, draw, without offening someone. Yes I have experienced racism....Not everything is racist. It is the person who is interpeting the image, who finds issue with it. (I took this to mean all politians were monkeys, not specifically the president)

2012 days ago
55.

Mike    

"A black man owns a store and is looking to hire one person to work
it for him. Two people come in qualified for the job. One is white
and one is black. Who does he hire?"

He hires the White person because the White person will show up on
time, take his job seriously, not sexual harass every women who
walks in and will not steal every chance he has.

I understand your point though.

2012 days ago
56.

blackfox504    

Folks, lets really be honest here, Um, for those really dumb or severly stupid people. You can't be that blind, I'm an african american and l appreciate a joke as much as the next person but this was one that truly crossed the line. Despite the timing of the story of the chimpanzee that attacked and was killed, l don't see the woman who was mauled by it anywhere in the picture. So what are you saying when you say you will need someone else to write the stimulus bill, that only a complete idiot would come up with this ? Let me point this out, didn't some of you vote for Bush who as far as l can tell, has lead this country into the ground and even he was an idiot no matter how you argue it. On top of that, of course being the president means you have a bullseye on your back for all sorts of jokes, but thats what l've come to admire about President Obama, that he can rise above it and the best revenge is to keep doing what he is doing, and that is what drives those same folks that didn't want him there crazy.

And to the Post, honestly accusing Sharpton of being an opportunist, really ? ... do you not remember the New Yorker cover of Obama and his wife ? He was there too, along with the rest of us saying thats not right, and it was stereotypical. However maybe l should publish a magazine with a black guy surrounded by white women, and call it white's man worse nightmare ? Change happens whether you like it or not, and those of the past either need to adapt and get with it or get lost.

This pictorial is a disgrace to journalism and humanity as a whole. Those that try to defend it are either highly ignorant of the obvious hinting at what they were tryin to say or just wanting to dismiss it as a whole cause thats the way it is. Thats what wrong with america today, its time to change.

2012 days ago
57.

getreal    

WHY DOES HARVEY LEVIN HATE BLACK MEN SO MUCH? HE IS AN OPENLY GAY MAN MAYBE HE GOT TURNED DOWN BY BLACK GUYS OR DID A BLACK GUY GAY BASH HIM? MAKES YOU WONDER WHY SOMEONE WHO IS A DOUBLE MINORITY ENJOYS BEING SUCH A RACIST.

2012 days ago
58.

Oh my God    

Sorry for the typo's

This is so ridiculous; evolution says we are all from monkeys.....so what's the deal! It is so hard to write, post, draw, without offending someone. Yes I have experienced racism....and Not everything is racist. It is the person who is interpreting the image, who finds issue with it. (I took this to mean all Politian’s were monkeys, not specifically the president)

2012 days ago
59.

Amanda    

It is astonishing to me that a majority of the people who responded to this poll found that the cartoon was not racist. It makes me wonder what kind of people frequent TMZ.

2012 days ago
60.

Melissa    

Typical Al behavior.... THIS guy is THE POT calling the KETTLE BLACK!!! If anyone is racist- it's him! And that retard Jessie Jackson. These guys say they're fighting for African Americans but all they've done is cripple them.

2012 days ago
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