OK, that's only a part of it. There has been growing outcry of that story depicted in a cartoon in the NY Post. Daryl Cagle, the daily editorial cartoonist for MSNBC (click on image for link to Daryl's blog and story), says, and I agree entirely - although I'm not a cartoonist!...just giving my tuppenny worth - "A standard, workday ritual that editorial cartoonists do is to list the major news stories of the day, and then think of how to combine two of the unrelated stories into a cartoon. Combining two unrelated things in a cartoon is funny. Monkeys are funny and the killer chimp was the big news one day along with the stimulus bill. Delonas is a staunch conservative who didn’t like the stimulus bill; this cartoon is a formulaic 'no-brainer.' I’m sure the reaction to the cartoon was a surprise to Delonas." Although the advice Daryl gives is to be aware that people are going to see certain things as alarming. However, I ask why all the hoohah? ...The NY Post has since apologised - NOT unreservedly - but some of the reaction is absurd (towards the bottom of THIS article). Also, despite the clear and obvious joke of a chimp having written the Stimulus Bill, the cartoonist persepective is reported in very different ways by other cartoonists: the founder of the UK's Political Cartoon Society, Tim Benson, reported by the BBC, says
"...it doesn't work unless the monkey is intended to be Obama. "At best it's confused, at worst racist,".
[Link] The power of the Cartoonist. What? You think he meant Obama was the monkey? Do you think ANYONE actually thinks Obama wrote the Stimulus Bill himself? Do you think he means Obama should be shot? Tim...resign, get a new job, you've clearly 'lost it'! He's not the only one though, as witnessed by the uproar: "demonstrators objecting to what they regarded as a racist depiction of President Barack Obama. " Funny that...can't imagine it being said about chimp images of evolution in SUPPORT of Obama...(image links to The Art of Obama)Or happening with other US presidents (in support of Bankrupt Britain Brown!)...
Maybe there's a reason for all this, as David Seaton put it last autumn on his blog: "Today, after eight years of George W. Bush; as the image and the brand and the reality of American power unravels, only a black man can be president of the United States . Why is this? Not because, as Andrew Sullivan suggests, a brown face in the White House will make [The USA] suddenly beloved in places like Pakistan... it wont, not at all, perhaps quite the contrary. But rather because nobody would dare to put a black person on a poster like the one advertising Oliver Stone's film, that's why. Political caricature is ill willed and cruel and after centuries of our cruelty it is taboo for civilized white people to ridicule a person of color." He gives, as an example, Steve Bell , cartoonist with the Guardian's drawing George W. Bush as a chimpanzee (image above), adding:
"Obviously if Bell drew Barack Obama as a chimpanzee he would be considered a vicious, racist beast."
Update...4 days later!! I see THIS from Mary Ellen Synon in The Mail...with another chimp, this time it's Gordon again. Mary Ellen ends with, "Meanwhile, I give you a recent cartoon by Peter Brookes from the Times, which aroused no such criticism. Gordon Brown is the chimp this time. It makes me recall what an old friend from Zambia once said: 'Get close to a chimp and push back his fur. You will see his skin is white.'"