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Chuck
02-21-2009, 09:21 PM
BY Caitlin Millat and Tracy Connor
DAILY NEWS WRITERS

Updated Friday, February 20th 2009, 7:53 PM

Filmmaker Spike Lee led the call for celebrities to join a boycott of the New York Post Friday during a raucous protest of a racially charged cartoon.

Joined by his 11-year-old son, Lee told a crowd of about 300 people that he has bought the tabloid in the past - but no more.

And he suggested athletes and entertainers shun the paper's writers because of Wednesday's cartoon, which compared President Obama with a crazed chimp by some interpretations.

"This is not the end," Lee told the demonstrators, who marched in front of the Post's offices near Rockefeller Center shouting, "Shut it down."

"It's not just black folks. It's an insult to everybody."

He was joined by the Rev. Al Sharpton, who called the paper "a racist rag sheet" and TV judge Greg Mathis, who said executives from parent company News Corp. must be held accountable.

The protest leaders are calling on advertisers to boycott the Post and are vowing to take their money out of banks that buy space in the paper.

The single-panel cartoon by Sean Delonas showed the bloody body of the chimp responsible for Monday's attack on a woman in Connecticut, with two cops.

"They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill," one of the cops says.

The paper printed a half-hearted "apology" for offending anyone with the cartoon Friday - but protesters said the note, with its dig at Sharpton, was insincere.

"They should apologize on the front page," said Vivienne McLean, 62, of Manhattan. "I'm outraged that the stereotypes I encountered as a child still exist today."

Manhattan youth worker Salaam Ismail, 50, said the cartoon brought back painful childhood memories.

"I was called a monkey in elementary school by a group of white kids," he said. "I was a victim of racism \[then\] and I am again today."

Erin Bradley, 32, a copywriter from the East Village, said the Post was her "guilty pleasure" until this week.

"I'm never buying it again," she said. "I'm a Daily News customer now."

tconnor@nydailynews.com

Josh
02-22-2009, 12:18 AM
I can't even believe this. OBAMA DID NOT WRITE THE STIMULUS BILL! How anyone can say that is a racially prejudiced cartoon is beyond me. Bush was called Hitler (most peoples idea of the worst person ever), a criminal, A MONKEY, an idiot, a ignorant hillbilly, and a bunch of other things. Not to mention a movie was made about assassinating him. This country is done.

Tyburn
02-22-2009, 09:14 AM
:laugh: I'll boycott it...since I dont buy it anyway :rolleyes:

billwilliams70
02-22-2009, 09:35 AM
I can't even believe this. OBAMA DID NOT WRITE THE STIMULUS BILL! How anyone can say that is a racially prejudiced cartoon is beyond me. Bush was called Hitler (most peoples idea of the worst person ever), a criminal, A MONKEY, an idiot, a ignorant hillbilly, and a bunch of other things. Not to mention a movie was made about assassinating him. This country is done.
You're absolutely correct. President Obama did not write the stimulus bill, but it's his reputation that's directly linked to it. When concerns over it's validity arise, he's the one that's brought to the limelight by the media. Not the actual writer(s) of the bill.

Yes, President Bush was called Hitler, and that's really uncalled for. When the insults were hurled about President Bush, not too many people made a public response to it........with all that said, the cartoon is NOT DIRECTED AT THE ACTUAL WRITER(S) OF THE STIMULUS BILL! The cartoon, in it's stereotypical interpretation, is pointed at President Obama. There's no denying that, is there?

I, personally, don't think that the cartoon was done in good taste. If Spike Lee wants to call for a "celebrity imposed" ban on The New York Post, it's his right to do so, the same as it's your right to say that 'this country is done'.

Later.

Josh
02-22-2009, 02:30 PM
You're absolutely correct. President Obama did not write the stimulus bill, but it's his reputation that's directly linked to it. When concerns over it's validity arise, he's the one that's brought to the limelight by the media. Not the actual writer(s) of the bill.

Yes, President Bush was called Hitler, and that's really uncalled for. When the insults were hurled about President Bush, not too many people made a public response to it........with all that said, the cartoon is NOT DIRECTED AT THE ACTUAL WRITER(S) OF THE STIMULUS BILL! The cartoon, in it's stereotypical interpretation, is pointed at President Obama. There's no denying that, is there?

I, personally, don't think that the cartoon was done in good taste. If Spike Lee wants to call for a "celebrity imposed" ban on The New York Post, it's his right to do so, the same as it's your right to say that 'this country is done'.

Later.
I totally disagree. What makes you say that? Because it has a monkey in it? I understand that a monkey is used as a racial slur but it is also used to say that someone is not very bright ( "they could train a monkey to do this job"). Since Obama did not write the bill and the bill is generally viewed as a bad thing in our country it is obvious to me that the implication was a monkey could have written it. As far as Spike Lee goes I don't really care what he does. I am more concerned that there is a significant uproar over something like this.

Chuck
02-22-2009, 05:36 PM
I giggled at the cartoon.... I don't think it was very offenseive... I like Spike as a director.... but I despise Al Sharpton.... he's disgusting.

VCURamFan
02-22-2009, 09:16 PM
I giggled at the cartoon.... I don't think it was very offenseive... I like Spike as a director.... but I despise Al Sharpton.... he's disgusting.Agreed, agreed, agreed, agreed & agreed.

County Mike
02-22-2009, 11:11 PM
Why is Spike Lee even significant anymore? Tell him to "Suck It!".

Chuck
02-22-2009, 11:27 PM
Why is Spike Lee even significant anymore? Tell him to "Suck It!".

Ummm... cause he's black...

Sheesh.... you don't know anything do you Mike :wink:

bradwright
02-23-2009, 01:47 AM
Ummm... cause he's black...

Sheesh.... you don't know anything do you Mike :wink:
so what are you trying to say here,,that Spike Lee is black?,,really?:huh:

rockdawg21
02-23-2009, 02:48 AM
So if Spike Lee is boycotting the NY Post, maybe that means the NY Post will boycott advertising Spike Lee's movies. Oh, wait, it's not going to make a difference for either one of their incomes.

billwilliams70
02-23-2009, 02:49 AM
I totally disagree. What makes you say that? Because it has a monkey in it? I understand that a monkey is used as a racial slur but it is also used to say that someone is not very bright ( "they could train a monkey to do this job"). Since Obama did not write the bill and the bill is generally viewed as a bad thing in our country it is obvious to me that the implication was a monkey could have written it. As far as Spike Lee goes I don't really care what he does. I am more concerned that there is a significant uproar over something like this.
The "they could train a monkey to do this job" interpretation is yours, but it's obviously not an interpretation that's shared by others.

It's my opinion, that regardless of the intent of the artist, whether your interpretation was the intent of the comic, the artist should have had some foresight, and thought how this was going to be interpretated.

Just my two lincolns.

Later.

Josh
02-23-2009, 03:26 AM
The "they could train a monkey to do this job" interpretation is yours, but it's obviously not an interpretation that's shared by others.

It's my opinion, that regardless of the intent of the artist, whether your interpretation was the intent of the comic, the artist should have had some foresight, and thought how this was going to be interpretated.

Just my two lincolns.

Later.
You're right it's my interpretation and if the Artist honestly meant it the way you think or even if he thought it could be taken that way he is an idiot.

Hughes_GOAT
02-23-2009, 03:29 AM
i was told a monkey could do my job when i was in the Navy....oh wait, i'm white.

VCURamFan
02-23-2009, 05:31 AM
The "they could train a monkey to do this job" interpretation is yours, but it's obviously not an interpretation that's shared by others.

It's my opinion, that regardless of the intent of the artist, whether your interpretation was the intent of the comic, the artist should have had some foresight, and thought how this was going to be interpretated.

Just my two lincolns.

Later.I completley agree. I had the "monkey job" interpretatoin the first time I read it, but I agree it was a poor decision on his part, regardless of how he meant it. I also blame the editor(s). How'd they let that slide?

que
02-23-2009, 05:37 AM
i disliked spike lee ever since he insulted and talked sh*t about clint eastwood for not putting black soldiers in flags of our fathers. the fact is, there were no black soldiers in the company that planted the flag.

spike lee is a racist.

Hughes_GOAT
02-23-2009, 05:48 AM
spike lee is a racist.
yes he is

Jonlion
02-23-2009, 05:37 PM
What irritates me is these people that come out and with their emotive lines about being offended like its the worst thing that could of happened.

Sure it was bad that you got called a monkey at school but i call bollocks that they seriously read that cartoon and felt so deeply and emotionally hurt from it.

Offensive perhaps but people ham this up so much.

Llamafighter
02-23-2009, 05:49 PM
The whole idea that this cartoon was evenlinked to the President is complete hogwash.
If anyone should be offended it's the woman who got her hands and face ripped off by a rampaging ape, a few days before the cartoon was put in. Or the owner of the ape that got shot to death that she felt was like a member of the family. What if the cartoon depicted the kid that shot his pregnant stepmother in the head and killed her behind bars with the same caption.

rockdawg21
02-23-2009, 06:08 PM
What if the cartoon depicted the kid that shot his pregnant stepmother in the head and killed her behind bars with the same caption.
Then Al Sharpton, Spike Lee, and the rest of the black community wouldn't have even noticed and we wouldn't even be having a discussion right now. Double-standard much?!

hizo64
02-23-2009, 06:14 PM
Agreed, agreed, agreed, agreed & agreed.

Agree, agree, agree, agree, agree & agree

J.B.
02-23-2009, 06:26 PM
The cartoon was stupid, and so is Spike Lee.

Given the fact he is a die-hard Knicks fan, and he made the movie "Jungle Fever", I have a hard time taking him seriously. :rolleyes: