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Comic Strip Artist Sean Delonas Compares Obama to Dead Chimp


Homophobic NY Post comic strip artist Sean Delonas today offered up a mash-up of the Connecticut chimp story and Obama's stimulus package.

The Rev. Al Sharpton spoke about it to the AP: "The cartoon in today's New York Post is troubling at best given the historic racist attacks of African-Americans as being synonymous with monkeys. One has to question whether the cartoonist is making a less than casual reference to this when in the cartoon they have police saying after shooting a chimpanzee that "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 are they inferring that a monkey wrote the last bill?"

NY Post editor Col Allan defended the cartoon"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."

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  1. Obama didn't write the stimulus.

    Posted by: paul c | Feb 18, 2009 2:46:25 PM

  2. Dudes! Chill out! The day before the Post's cover read "Furious George" and pictured the crazed chimp that had been shot by police while trying to break into a car to go for a ride.

    This cartoon is clearly a reference to that -- that in the Post's view the stimulus package was written by a crazed chimp.

    Obama didn't write the bill, Congress did.

    Posted by: Mark from NYC | Feb 18, 2009 2:50:24 PM

  3. While Sharpton with his race baiting, hoax advancing history has no credibility on anything IMHO, this cartoon is clearly meant to apply to the President. Those of you who say otherwise are either willfully blind, or right-wing Murdoch/NY Post/Fox News scum. This cartoonist and the money losing rag(propped up by Murdoch's billions)he works for have a history of racism, misogyny and homophobia.

    As one who lives within the circulation area of this trashy tabloid, I clearly know the demographics of its readers--blue collar Archie Bunker whites, cops, and some suburban Repugs. They eat up this stuff.

    Posted by: Contrarian | Feb 18, 2009 3:01:01 PM

  4. It's not just comparing the Obama to a monkey, it's 's saying he should be killed.

    This is a threat to the life of the President of the United States and the authorities should make an arrest. NOW!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 18, 2009 3:04:12 PM

  5. Well, it's not particularly funny. If the caption had been: They'll have to find someone else to SIGN the next stimulus bill. That would have been aimed at Obama, so I think this was watered down by the editors. It would have been funny if it had been a Donkey.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 18, 2009 3:04:32 PM

  6. Are you people serious? Whether Obama wrote it or not, the reference is very clear. "They have to find SOMEONE ELSE", ummm, who might that "someONE" be? The President? Nooo, of course not, it couldn't be... Chil' please, given the cartoonists historically racist, sexist and homophobic diatribe it is not a stretch to arrive to the logical conclusion that he was alluding to the President and is simply hiding behind his own cowardice.

    Even if it was not meant to be racist, the fact that it could be easily construed as racist should have been more than enough for the Editor of the Muudoch/Fox News/News Corp. owned NY Post to pull it from print. Everyone else needs to grow a pair and realize what is happening instead of giving this guy a pass.

    Posted by: Cj | Feb 18, 2009 3:10:01 PM

  7. It amazes me white people's ability to draw an analogy between a person of African descent and a monkey (of any sort) and then to act baffled that anyone could draw a historical parallel with every other such racist, analogy ever made! And to further be baffled that anyone could find it offensive given that history. Please, bitch! Col Allen, yes, Al Sharpton is a media whore like everyone else, but your racist, bigoted asshole!

    Posted by: J.P. | Feb 18, 2009 3:15:23 PM

  8. Sorry, someday, I will learn to reread what I comment and get the spelling and punctuation right. :(

    Posted by: J.P. | Feb 18, 2009 3:16:24 PM

  9. Even if you accept the premise that Delonas is referring to Congress and not Obama (which I don't), you still can't ignore the fact that making any political reference to a monkey while Obama is in office is blatant race-baiting. Whether Delonas is actually comparing Obama to a chimp or hinting at the possibility is immaterial. It is blatant racism and Murdoch should immediately sack the Post's entire editorial staff.

    Posted by: Dan | Feb 18, 2009 3:18:45 PM

  10. Regardless of the racial connotations, it is incredibly irresponsible to publish a cartoon depicting the assassination of any elected official - by the police, no less!

    Posted by: Rick in Ohio | Feb 18, 2009 3:19:58 PM

  11. While I find it hard to believe that so many people "didn't get" the cartoon, I'll take their word at face value. Still, for anyone who did get it, the message is loud and clear. The stimulus bill was so bad because it might as well be written by someone like a chimp -- someone like Obama -- and perhaps it wouldn't be so bad if he were shot down. He had it coming.
    Yes, technically Obama didn't write the bill. But he is the main political force behind it. He is responsible for the bill, as is the chimp in the cartoon. And unlike the Bush chimp who was viewed as a simple-minded Curious George-type of creature who needed to be guided along in the complicated world he finds himself in, the Obama chimp in this cartoon is so violent that he must be put down. That the cartoon is based up a violent incident in the news is as offensive to me as the analogy (however too subtle for some of us to get) of a black leader with a chimp.
    If there were a cartoon making light of the killing of a Republican president, some right-wing pundits would be calling it treason and demanding a speedy trial and execution of the artist and publisher. To be clear, I would not want that to happen to Murdoch and the folks at the NY Post.; I'm just commenting on right-wing hypocrisy.

    Posted by: Michael J | Feb 18, 2009 3:28:27 PM

  12. I agree both with those who say it is racist and with those who find it confusingly unfocused satire. If you aren't sensitive enough to racial history in the United States to see the overtones of hate here, you need to get a little education.

    Posted by: Landon Bryce | Feb 18, 2009 3:28:36 PM

  13. For background on the depiction of African people as primates, see

    During the general campaign, there were numerous instances of people attending McCain-Palin rallies with sock monkeys. As an editorial cartoonist, Delonas surely knew about those cases.

    Posted by: homer | Feb 18, 2009 3:34:03 PM

  14. I think it is rude, probably racist and very violent. It makes use of all the themes mentioned above, monkeys & type writers, sub-human black men and sub-human politicians, AND gun happy cops. The power of a cartoon is the ability to distill, compress and/or shoe horn ideas into archtypal expressions. Others including one of my favorites Ted Rall have brilliantly drawn GW Bush as a grotesque chimp for years and Tony Blair as his poodle.

    Posted by: Rikard | Feb 18, 2009 3:35:03 PM

  15. I believe this cartoon is extremely racist, and the words in the caption scream that out to me. On the other side there is a woman who is fighting for her life because a chimp who mauled her. If you can't find this cartoon racist atleast find it offensive to the family of this woman who is fighting for her life and the woman (although I do not agree with her having the chimp) who was his companion, and the host of neighbors who are now saddened by the death of this chimp and thier hurt neighbors. Never mind the stimulus bill, this was a terrible incident that should not be made light of.

    Posted by: Kim | Feb 18, 2009 4:13:19 PM

  16. this cartoon is stupid and makes no sense, whether it is racist or not, it is certainly calling for someone to be murdered, be it Obama, Pelosi or Reid, shouldn't the FBI be investigating this man?

    Posted by: johnosahon | Feb 18, 2009 4:23:06 PM

  17. What the fuck is the matter with you people?

    Why don't you educate yourself on Mr. Murdoch and his cable news channel Fox and then come back and tell me you don't get it or it's not racist.

    Posted by: Maverick69 | Feb 18, 2009 4:29:25 PM

  18. It isn't the first time the NYPost has mentioned killing our president

    A NY post reporter "...we should shoot obama, I mean osama....well, both."

    Uhm last yr during the election run. They claimed then as well that there was nothing racist about it

    Shameful and sad

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Feb 18, 2009 5:01:37 PM

  19. Maybe I'm more evolved ...but when I see a monkey I think of a money, not black people.
    GWBush was depicted as a chimpanzee frequently because he looked like one. I never read that as " all white people are chimpanzees".
    The point was clear to me and made me laugh: some people think all this bailing everybody out is plain that crazy chimp.
    The chimp was not drawn to look like Obama, and its the two white cops who look stupid in the cartoon. is he saying all cops are stupid? White cops are stupid?
    I'm afraid I see this kind of over-reaction from the gay community and gay media outlets too frequently.

    Whatever the case, and I can see there are many opinions, I long for the day when a monkey will be a monkey. Some of us are there now.

    Posted by: JH | Feb 18, 2009 5:39:19 PM

  20. Oh my. That's just awful. The post is a rag, though. Sean Delonas is a racist, misogynistic homophobic piglet. Is this even worth the outrage? I just can't imagine anyone who reads it getting upset over its content, because you have to fail a basic reading test to qualify for a subscription or copy. It's a smutty gossip rag read by illiterate slobs.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 18, 2009 6:02:19 PM

  21. I am appalled at the cartoon. Delonas has no respect for black people or animals. Just continue to shot us down like animals is what I see. I will never buy another NYPost newspaper and I beg others not to buy it either. What a racist. This company has always display racism through their stories and other cartoons. They still can't get over the fact that a black man is the President of the United States. It is offensive and insensitive. What world are you living in, so much destruction in the world we should be helping each other and lifting each other up instead you put this garbage out there for our children to see.

    Posted by: Diana | Feb 18, 2009 6:09:14 PM

  22. Are you not entertained!!!
    This is not a question of intelligence or art. Its pure racism and i hope i will have the chance one day run into this Sean Delonas in NYC and finish this blog with my knee to his nice clean white face.

    Posted by: yomotha | Feb 18, 2009 6:09:16 PM

  23. I dunno Virginia - if it looks and smells of racism - it probably is.....

    Posted by: CARIBTONY | Feb 18, 2009 6:20:35 PM

  24. No JH, you're not more evolved, you're just an asshole. Read the caption and try connecting the dots - Moron

    Posted by: Maverick69 | Feb 18, 2009 6:30:20 PM

  25. Whether the cartoonist meant for it to be racist or not (obviously it is up for debate), the editor should have been aware of the open interpretation the cartoon lends to and have stopped it from being published. Furthermore, the editor’s flippant response to Al Sharpton is inherently racist IMHO [in that he essentially ignores the valid complaints of all others who view the cartoon as racist as well (something an editor should be more compassionate about)].

    Posted by: RP | Feb 18, 2009 6:34:52 PM

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