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John Legend Boycotting NyPost For Racist Cartoon

Posted by Media Outrage on February 23, 2009


John Legend didn’t find anything funny about last week’s cartoon in the NyPost which had some very racial attacks in it. He is in effect boycotting the paper and encouraging all of his celebrity friends and colleauges to do the same.

John’s Letter to the Post:

Dear Editor:


I’m trying to understand what possible motivation you may have had for publishing that vile cartoon depicting the shooting of the chimpanzee that went crazy. I guess you thought it would be funny to suggest that whomever was responsible for writing the Economic Recovery legislation must have the intelligence and judgment of a deranged, violent chimpanzee, and should be shot to protect the larger community. Really? Did it occur to you that this suggestion would imply a connection between President Barack Obama and the deranged chimpanzee? Did it occur to you that our president has been receiving death threats since early in his candidacy? Did it occur to you that blacks have historically been compared to various apes as a way of racist insult and mockery? Did you intend to invoke these painful themes when you printed the cartoon? Read the rest of this entry »

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