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Murdoch apologises for chimp cartoon

February 24, 2009 in General

Rupert Murdoch, Chairman of the New York Post, the newspaper which published a recent controversial cartoon by Sean Delonas has apologised for the offence it has caused.

Offensive cartoon drawings

February 19, 2009 in Comment

The issue of offence in drawn communication has reared up again in the United States where a cartoon by Sean Delonas featuring a dead chimpanzee has been used to comment on the passing into law of President’s Obama’s national economic recovery package.

The drawing is causing a degree of outrage because of its real, or imagined, racial undertones. Bloghorn thinks offence or amusement tends to be in the eye of the beholder for every drawing.

UPDATED: A spokescartoonist for the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation,which runs Bloghorn, said:

Freedom of speech and image production is worth defending, but with this comes a responsibility not to gratuitously offend. Racial stereotypes are a particularly difficult area and can easily appeal to the the ignorant, prejudiced and intolerant.

UPDATED: Friday 20th February. The New York Post, the paper which published the Sean Delonas cartoon has made a formal apology for it. Context to the issue can be found here. Cartoonist Tony Auth has a view here