New York Post cartoonist Sean Delonas drew a cartoon showing two white cops shooting a champanzee to parodize the police’s shooting of Travis The Chimp in Connecticut and mock Washington's efforts to revive the economy. The chimp cartoon unexpectedly stirred the controversy, being accused of “at worst racist”.
At best insensitive to the victim of this week's mauling of a woman by a pet chimp, and at worst racist, the New York Post released a cartoon today [February 18] that could be interpreted as comparing Barack Obama to a chimpanzee.
As the Huffington Post says:
At its most benign, the cartoon suggests that the stimulus bill was so bad, monkeys may as well have written it. Others believe it compares the president to a rabid chimp. Either way, the incorporation of violence and (on a darker level) race into politics is bound to be controversial. Perhaps that's what (cartoonist Sean) Delonas wanted.
“They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.” New York Post and Sean Delonas are stormed by the chimp “racist” cartoon.