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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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61.

Tammy    

For Al Sharpton and you other idiots who agree with him, pay attention to the fricken news. It's obvious what this cartoon was saying. What a bunch of lame losers!

1988 days ago
62.

kjenks    

Are you people serious? If not Al Sharpton, then who? He has nothing to gain personally for standing up for the rights of others. And for those of you who have benefited from civil rights activists in this country, (gays, jews, women,blacks, hispanics, asians etc.) don't knock those who have the courage to stand. If you're afraid, just shut up and sit down and let them fight for your rights.

1988 days ago
63.

Sunny    

Liberals have been calling Dubya a chimp for years.
To the liberal cry babies: Grow some balls and get over it.

1988 days ago
64.

Jon    

This is so stupid. They are just trying to say that some random animal wrote the bill and that monkey shooting was in the news. If you think this is racist you are stupid.

1988 days ago
65.

john    

Al Sharpton rears his ugly self-righteous self again! Look for Jesse Jackson all over this by tomorrow.. then in just a couple more days there will be a MARCH ON WASHINGTON protesting the "unfairness" and "racial tone" of this nonsense!!

Want to truly know what "racism" is??

It's the tv network BET.. it's the IMAGE Awards, it's the NAACP Awards, it's UNITED NEGRO COLLEGE FUND, The ESSCENSE AWARDS, BLACK HISTORY MONTH, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, VH1SOUL, MTVJAMS, the term "African-American, Miss Black America, The STATE OF THE BLACK UNION, and a dozen other things left un-mentioned!!

For a "group" of "People" so bent on constantly belly-aching about SEGREGATION, and such, ...seems to me you're frankly segregating YOURSELF from EVERYONE else!!!? That's what happens when you attempt to put yourself ABOVE all other races, all other people! Special laws and special privileges only translate into "I'm better than you are"... "I'm deserving"... yada yada yada

News for you, it is 2009!!! The convenient crutch called "racism" and the PAST, is starting to feel rather NUMB we've been beaten with it so much, and so often!!! I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SINS OF ANCESTORS.. AND I REFUSE TO PAY THE PENALTY FOR THAT! I'd venture a guess that MOST of those whom had "slaves" (and I use that term lightly because NOT ALL WERE slaves- some came here for the work- to start a-new).. AND that most of those whom WERE slaves are now DEAD!!! Isn't that literally beating a dead horse!!?

People like Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson are no where near a part of the "sollution".. in fact, I find them a big part of the PROBLEM! Why do issues come up in the media when blacks are involved? Apparently there is nothing wrong with the system for White People? Apparently all white people are treated justly, and fairly?? White people have ALL they need,... um- if white people had an ALL-WHITE anything--- Al and Jessie would have their heads spinning in circles on their shoulders!!!

1988 days ago
66.

allie    

it isnt just Al that thinks its racist. And its shameful more of you dont think it is.

"Monkey slurs against Africans and African-Americans go back to the days of early colonialism, when Anglo Saxon, Spanish and Portuguese conquerors used these types of drawings and descriptions to dehumanize black people so that their mistreatment and enslavement would not be viewed as wrong or sinful. The practice also took on more sinister roles later in history including during the slave trade here in the U.S. and in Hitler's Nazi Germany."

We all know that the stimulus bill was the first priority of the new president, so when reading the caption, it was easy to infer that the cartoonist was implying the president of the United States.

The ny post owner is the same owner of Fox news network - If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck...

1988 days ago
67.

Zman    

REP David Obey D-Wis, a WHITE guy, wrote HR1 otherwise known as the Stinkulus Bill. This is just race baiting by the rascist in chief Al Sharpton. Maybe he is trying ot get a payoff from the NY Post to get him out of all the legal, tax, and financial troubles he has created...........................

1988 days ago
68.

leigh bee    

obama did NOT write this bill... written by nancy pelosi and her flying monkeys.

1988 days ago
69.

nyla    

This is directed to 15 Lord Xenu ACTUALLY THE DO HAVE AN ALL WHITE NETWORK ITS CMTV (COUNTRY MUSIC TV). THIS NETWORK GOES AS FAR AS TO EDIT BLACK PEOPLE OUT WHEN THEY SHOW CRIBS. PLUS U HAVE TO REMEMBER THE REASON BET WAS STARTED WAS BECAUSE NETWORKS WERENT PLAYING SHOWS BY BLACKS.
BTW, WHITES OWN THE NETWORK NOW!!!

ALSO, D*MN RIGHT THAT CARTOON WAS RACIST CONSIDERING THE FACT WHITES USE MONKEYS,APES, ECT. TO DESCRIBE BLACKS. U PEOPLE KILL ME WITH THE SWEEPING THINGS UNDER THE RUG STUFF!

1988 days ago
70.

TommyGee    

Rev. Sharpton is always finding one thing or another to be racist about. He's just looking for attention and needs to shut the hell up cause there is nothing racist about that cartoon depicting a recent news story of a monkey that attacked a woman and later was shot by the police.

1988 days ago
71.

Rich    

First, monkeys are not apes, Second, the house wrote the bill, not Obama. Third, we are all apes, blacks and whites! There are these things called encyclopedias...look it up. Fourth, the only one comparing Obama to a chimp is Sharpton.

1988 days ago
72.

jjsurly    

This is HARDLY RACIST! For starters, al sharpton is a god damned idiot. Every time he wants his ugly ass in front of the camera, he pulls "the race card". F*ck him.

As for all of his "followers", you're just as bad. There's plenty of racism in the world... But to try'n depict it in this cartoon which is making fun of congress and the bill... well... I have to feel sorry for you. You can't seem to get past your own skin color, and feel the need to smear the rest of the world for it. Did it ever occur that THIS is EXACTLY some of us don't take "racism" seriously?? THIS is why we turn the other cheek. Pulling this sh*t is basically "crying wolf". You might want to think about this before you REALLY need to address an issue of more importance.

Idiots.

1988 days ago
73.

nyla    

78. Wow, just wow. I can't imagine that using the slavery thing to avoid responsibility and cry racism has lasted 150 years. 150 years. Even though, Africans sold their own people and still do to this day. Ever blame your African brothers? Ever think about all the white folk, which is the vast majority, that never had slaves, worked to free slaves and died to free slaves? You don't have a credible leg to stand on with this ancient history B.S.

Posted at 11:04AM on Feb 18th 2009 by cosby

NO DARLING GET IT STRAIGHT! NOT ALL PEOPLE WHO WERE BROUGHT OVER HERE FROM AFRICA WE SOLD BY THEIR PEOPLE. MOST WERE HUNTED AND CAPTURED, SOME WERE PROMISED THINGS IF THEY CAME HERE. ALL TYPES OF THINGS WENT ON BACK THEN. SO DONT JUST SAY OUR ANCESTORS SOLD THEIR PEOPLE.
OBVIOUSLY YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF HISTORY IS NOT THAT ADVANCED SO TRY KEEPING YOUR LESSONS TO YOURSELF!!!

1988 days ago
74.

JobAlaska    

Al Sharpton is THE MOST RACIST person out there. He is just a miserable person. I really wish he could find something to do find a real job, and not live off everyone he is constantly looking for racism where it simply isn't he is just one of the guys that can't live until something is wrong, what a big Jurk, never have and never will understand this guy his is so far to left its not even in this world. He never has or ever will be like so of the grat blacks of this world.

1988 days ago
75.

nyla    

193. TAWANNA BRAWLEY - How about the whole Jena 6 fiasco! These guys scream racism and fools come running, without checking any facts. Then the media jumps on and gets the "message" out for them. It's sickening that only crimes or supposed slighting of blacks is important to them. If you're any other race, they don't give a crap about you and if you are white - you deserve it.

Posted at 2:56PM on Feb 18th 2009 by Sherry

WHATEVER SHERRY!!!!! FOR EVERY TAWANNA BRAWLEY THERE IS A RODNEY KING. FOR EVERY JENA6.....THERE IS THE BLACK KID WHO GOT SHOT IN THE BACK WHILE BEING RESTRAINED BY THE POLICE(THANK GOD IT WAS CAUGHT ON CAMERA) BLACKS STICKING UP FOR EACH OTHER IS A BAD THING???? NO , COULD U NOT FIND ANYTHING TO SAY???

1988 days ago
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