The New York Post runs a small editorial this morning about Sean Delonas’ ape-stimulus cartoon, which ran in the paper earlier this week and which some have characterized as a racist swipe at Barack Obama. In some quarters the editorial is called an “apology,” but it’s way too pugnacious for that. “It was meant to mock an ineptly written federal stimulus bill. Period,” says the punchy notice. “To those who were offended by the image, we apologize. However, there are some in the media and in public life who have had differences with The Post in the past — and they see the incident as an opportunity for payback. To them, no apology is due.” So if you ever were mad at the Post, you can go fuck yourself.
The response has the intended effect: “Post writes apology so canned, even a trained monkey could have done it,” says a Farker. “Sean Delonas is a hateful, intolerant, homophobic, racist, jackbooted conservative who has been penning deliberately inflammatory cartoons for years,” says Flaming Pablum.
Meanwhile recording artist John Legend has issued a lengthy statement against the cartoon which includes this interesting passage: “Freedom of speech still comes with responsibilities and consequences. You are responsible for printing this cartoon, and I hope you experience some real consequences for it.” Settle down — he means a boycott, a la Reverend Al. Air America obligingly lists the paper’s national sponsors.
Everyone get enough press out of this? Good, because it’s time to laugh at Huffington Post, which got punked by a fake video of a Fox News anchor doing something similar (“John Gibson Did Not Compare Eric Holder To Monkey With Bright Blue Scrotum [UPDATED]”). We’re still waiting to see what people make of the Politico article which refers to the Obama cabinet’s “Black Hole.”