Cartoon Portrays Monkey As Stimulus Bill Author
Sean Delonas’ New York Post cartoon is, sadly, just another in a series of insensitive attempts at humor. Delonas has equated gays with those who love sheep too much and has portrayed al Qaeda as celebrating Democratic victories. Now, for some reason a chimpanzee is the author of the stimulus bill. Al Sharpton, a frequent Delonas target, accurately asks, “What does shooting a chimpanzee have to do with a stimulus bill?” Shaprton also issued this statement:
The cartoon in today’s New York Post is troubling at best, given the racist attacks throughout history that have made African-Americans synonymous with monkeys. One has to question whether the cartoonist is making a less than casual inference to this form of racism when, in the cartoon, the police say after shooting a chimpanzee, “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 whether the Post cartoonist was inferring that a monkey wrote it?
Post editor-in-chief Col Allen’s response is a defense of Delonas:
“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.”