Friday, February 5, 2016

Oregonian pulls "Non Sequitur" strips in wake of stand-off shooting

Dan Gardner in The Daily Cartoonist.
The Oregonian pulled three strips from a Non Sequitur week-long strip series that poked fun at the armed occupants of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. The series ran January 25-30, but after one of the militant leaders was shot on the 27th during an attempt to arrest him by authorities, the paper opted not to run the final three strips in the series.

Oregonian editor Mark Katches says the paper pulled the strips after the killing of LaVoy Finicum. 
“The strip, which had been making fun of such groups, seemed jarring and in poor taste given that someone now was dead,” Katches says. “That decision has yielded a grand total of two reader complaints.”

The five strips can be found on GoComics starting on January 27.

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