Tuesday, February 12, 2019

‘Non Sequitur’ comic strip hides Trump profanity

From The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Butler Eagle, a Pennsylvania newspaper, has dropped cartoonist Wiley Miller's comic strip Non Sequitur over a profane message about President Donald Trump drawn into one of its panels.

The Sunday comic strip appeared in black and white, and encouraged readers to color in its panels. 

The profane message (which read “Go f*** yourself Trump.”) appeared in the bottom right of the comic’s second panel.

According to Andrews McMeel Syndication, which distributes Non Sequitur to more than 700 newspapers across the country, the inclusion of the profane message was an oversight in its editing process.

“If we had discovered it, we would not have distributed the cartoon without it being removed," the company said in a statement. "We apologize to Non Sequitur’s clients and readers for our oversight.”

Miller declined to comment when reached by the Inquirer, but told the Washington Post he had forgotten he drew in a message to the president until he opened up his newspaper on Sunday.

“It was not intended for public consumption, and I meant to white it out before submitting it, but forgot to," Miller told the Post

“Had I intended to make a statement to be understood by the readers, I would have done so in a more subtle, sophisticated manner.”

That didn’t stop Miller from hinting at the hidden message on Twitter, writing that, "Some of my sharp-eyed readers have spotted a little Easter egg from Leonardo Bear-Vinci.”

The cartoon and its profane language remained up on the GoComics’ website until Monday afternoon, when it was replaced by a sanitized version that didn’t include the message for Trump.

This is not the first time Miller has gone after Trump within the panels of his satirical comic strip. 

Back in 2016, he drew a cartoon depicting a man wearing Klu Klux Klan robes labeled “I’m with Trump.”

He also included Trump as a jester in a 2017 cartoon about the legend of the Sword in the Stone.


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