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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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91.

twitchie1    

i just wanted to comment on two things first the cartoon yes it is cute. but come on in todays society this is normal we ditch every person that is in the lime light such as plezico burrus with the tee shirts and guns and stuff come on it is freakin funny. the other thing is the so called reveren if he were a reveren he wouldnt be out sturring up all this trouble in society. he only comes out when it involves a black person and a white person he is the racist here and we all shouild do something about him if we had a white priest or father that only came out when a white person gets shot by a black or spanish cop he would be racist to the tee. so come on sharpton get the hell out of here and crawl back into your hole

2036 days ago
92.

tilly    

ARE YOU KIDDING ME AL SHARPTON' WHEN JAY Z AND YUNG JEEZY TALKED ABOUT WHITE PEOPLE LIKE THEY DID AND YOU DID'NT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THAT DID YOU? THATS OK HUH.GET A GRIP DEAL WITH IT JUST LIKE WHITE PEOPLE HAD TO DEAL WITH WHAT THEY SAID .THEY SHOULD BE MADE TO SAY THEY ARE SORRY.

2036 days ago
93.

rixpix    

It's amazing that the biggest racists are the first to complain about being victims of racism. That is because they are so attuned to it that they see where it isn't.

2036 days ago
94.

unclesmrgol    

Definitely not racist. The chimp looks just like Nancy Pelosi.

2036 days ago
95.

I love Jessica    

I LOVE IT EVEN IF IT WAS AIMED AT OBAMA I NEED THAT ONE FOR MY COLLECTION. HMMM WHAT ABOUT ALL THE FUNNIES ABOUT BUSH. NEVER SAW AL SHARPTON YELLING THEN HMMM MAKES U WONDER RIGHT LMFAO

2036 days ago
96.

estee    

The cartoon has racial undertones that if you are not a person of color it would be hard to understand and I am not going to go through African American history lesson to explain when you can go to the library, or do your own research about African Americans and racial names. Another point that I want to make is that I am tired of people saying that OBAMA is not black. If you did not know who his parents were you would say he is just another black man. Have you ever thought that you may say that he is bi-racial simply for the fact that you cannot accept that you have a black man as President of the United States. Could it be that your own racist views prevents you from accepting the reality of a black man being president.

2036 days ago
97.

Stan McCullars    

Some people see racism behind every tree. It seems to me that Sharpton's fixation on racism prevents him from seeing things for what they really are.

2036 days ago
98.

Jon_SF    

That cartoon gave me the biggest laugh I've had in weeks.
In the face of the most disasterous troika (Obama, Reid, Pelosi) in American history, it's nice to see their monstrosity bill satirized.
Now Sharpton needs to stick his big nose into it. Good it will get more publicity.

2036 days ago
99.

BLip    

*newsflash* Obama is bi-racial. He has a caucasian mother and an african father.

2036 days ago
100.

estee    

xyzabc you have just proven my point. Thank you.

2036 days ago
101.

BLip    

teddyp ~ you're welcome. Could it be that you are the one not accepting reality? Also, don't forget that he was raised by his caucasian grandmother. He's a part of the white culture as he is the black culture...he's biracial.

2036 days ago
102.

friend    

Al sharpton and jesse jackson are what is wrong with our country!

2036 days ago
103.

nyla    

303. It's not racist, just like how TMZ viewers voted that Miley Cyrus imitating Asians wasn't racist. People need to get a sense of humour. Why is is such an outrage when BLACKS are ridiculed compared to Asians being ridiculed?

Posted at 10:19PM on Feb 18th 2009 by LOL

DO ASIANS NO HAVE VOCAL CHORDES????? IF SOMEONE IS BEING IGNORANT DIRTY WHITE TRASH TOWARDS THEIR COMMUNITY, THEY NEED 2 SPEAK UP

2036 days ago
104.

nyla    

303. It's not racist, just like how TMZ viewers voted that Miley Cyrus imitating Asians wasn't racist. People need to get a sense of humour. Why is is such an outrage when BLACKS are ridiculed compared to Asians being ridiculed?

Posted at 10:19PM on Feb 18th 2009 by LOL

NO DOLL, THAT Skank COUNTRY BUNKIN WT (MILE y CIRCUS) DID WAS IGNORANT. HOW ABOUT THIS ... ALL OTHER RACES START MAKING FUN OF ALL THE WHITE WOMEN WHO KILL THEIR TODDLERS AND WE WILL ALL BE EVEN!!!!!!

2036 days ago
105.

estee    

It is true that he as raised by a white mother in Kansas and later in exotic locations, but when he went to school, college and law school he was considered black. XYZABC I am from the south and just because you look white if you have a drop of black blood you are considered to be black. So he is black. He has walked the shoes of black man living in America and that is just a fact.

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