Friday, February 20, 2009

The New York Post apologised for racial slur on Barack Obama

Barely a month after creating history as America's first non white President, Barack Obama find himself victim of racial slur by one of America's most influential newspapers....!!!!!!

At first glance, the main editorial cartoon in today's New York Post seemed like just another lurid reference to the story that the tabloid had been covering with breathless abandon for two days running - the shooting by Connecticut police on Monday of a pet chimpanzee that viciously attacked his owner's friend.

But the caption cast the cartoon in a more sinister light. "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill," it read, prompting accusations that the Post was peddling a longstanding racist slur by portraying president Barack Obama, who signed the bill into law yesterday, as an ape.

However The New York Post has apologised.....!!!!

The New York Post has apologised for a cartoon that some have interpreted as comparing Barack Obama to a violent chimpanzee gunned down by police, following two days of protest.

The drawing by the long-time Post cartoonist Sean Delonas, published on Wednesday, showed a dead chimp and two police officers, one with a smoking gun. The caption read: "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill."

The newspaper posted an editorial on its website last night saying the cartoon was meant to mock the federal economic stimulus bill, but "to those who were offended by the image, we apologise".

The piece was posted hours after 200 picketers, chanting "Boycott the Post! Shut it down!", marched in front of the paper's office, saying the cartoon echoed racist stereotypes of black people as monkeys.

hmmm....I wonder what cartoon will appear next??? will it be a man escorted by secret services agents, entering the White House, but renamed "the Black House"....??????????


Chironex said...

It's unimaginable - a newspaper dared to even insinuate this to the current president!!! They could be in very big trouble now.

Malaysian Hollywood 2.0 said...

well dato.... this is the ugly side of what they perceived as Press Freedom!!!!!!!

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