Did Anyone Find the Humor in the Daily Wildcat Comic About Shooting a Gay Kid?

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Everyone at the University of Arizona's student newspaper, the Daily Wildcat, is in apology mode after a comic about shooting a gay kid if he ever came out to his father garnered some national attention.

The apparent "joke" was about a father shooting his gay son with a shotgun, rolling him up in some carpet, and tossing him off a bridge -- "Fruit Roll Up," LOL (???).

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-UA Student Paper Sorry About That Cartoon Joking About Blasting a Gay Kid With a Shotgun

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It's a student paper, so all will be forgotten soon enough, but the cartoon's invoking a wide range of responses.

Some people (a few thousand, apparently) want other members of the Wildcat's staff to step down for the cartoon, which certainly wouldn't be a move that would increase the quality of the paper.

Others have called it an expression of homophobia, although based on the cartoonist's apology, he wasn't trying to piss off gay people.

What seems to be the cartoonist's big problem was that it wasn't funny. Jokes can be made about touchy subjects, which usually cause only the self-righteous and attention-grabbing folks who love shouting "I'm offended" to complain.

We're not to make the cartoonist's week even worse (he already lost his gig at the paper), but let's take a poll: did anyone find that comic humorous?

Cast your vote below:





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12 comments
mitchellwachtel
mitchellwachtel

All of us over forty types must remember is how stupid we were at that age.  Because 1) no person was injured, 2) no property was damaged, & 3) no student in particular was humiliated, this represents an ideal teachable moment, the discussion of which may well prevent actual acts of violence.  The key is for teachers, especially those who are openly gay, to take advantage of this opportunity to teach tolerance.

Mrs_Grundy
Mrs_Grundy

fruit roll-up! Ha! now that's funny.

now, take last week's new times strip "record heat," presumably thought of by this rag as a worthy and funny comic. guy hears what he thinks is music wafting across the neighborhood. Says that he thinks the guitar sounds pretty good. Discovers it's a circular saw. The End.

Not funny, at all, not even a little bit.

drgonzo
drgonzo

Joe Arpaio laughed his ass off

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

Humor is the wrong word - truth would probably be a better one.  First, I suspect that this is the unfortuante reality that some gay young people face.  Though it may not be this overt, I suspect that this is the message that some gay young people receive at home.  Second, this type of bigotry and prejudice exhibited in the home often fosters the same bigotry and prejudice in the children growing up in that home.  Both truths are exposed in this cartoon.  So no, not humorous, but truthful and unfortunate.  This wasn't a a Sunday funny-pages cartoon - this was an editorial cartoon and it seems to me the cartoonist did his job by shining light on an uncomfortable truth.

pumpkinporter
pumpkinporter

I agree, in theory.  But the last two panels of this cartoon completely obliterate your point.  This guy clearly has no concept of how to utlilize humor to make a broader point (and I'm not so convinced he was trying to make a point...I sense that he actually thinks the whole idea is funny).  I'm actually more offended by the notion that somebody so obviously lacking talent was actually getting this tripe published.

azcumsquelcher
azcumsquelcher

 @LegitQuestions but if that's the case, then why are gay people calling him a homophobe and trying to have the editor of UA's student newspaper fired? I certainly don't think this cartoon deserves all of the attention it's getting. It seems like people are just looking for something to feel offended about. http://www.change.org/petitions/daily-wildcat-fire-your-cartoonist-editor-in-chief-and-copy-editor?utm_campaign=share_button_action_box&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=31679113

 

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

I perceive the last two panels to make the point that bigotry and prejudice often breed bigotry and prejudice and the father has succesfully indoctrinated the child with that bigotry and prejudice.  I may be reading more into it than the author/artist intended but who knows.

 

Remember, this is a student paper and the cartoonist is probably a student.  Running the paper and writing for it are intended to be learning experience and part of the education process for the journalism students.  Try not to take so much offense that a student doesn't have fully formed "talent" because if he or she did then he or she would be out here in the real world working like the rest of us.

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

 @Jane  I believe that everyone working for or publishing for the Wildcat are generally students.  I don't think the cartoon is funny either - I think that its challenging on a number of levels.  If you read the editorial page on the AZ Daily Wildcat you will see that the cartoonist has tried to explain his intent - but he has been as inartful in his explanation as was in the cartoon itself. 

 

I guess that I didn't see it "promoting" a hate crime any more than I would see a reporter writing an article about a neo-nazi parade as "promoting" the neo-nazi agenda.  Just like an editorial cartoon criticizing the Republican Party's war on women is neither endorsing or promoting that war on women.

 

But I did not have to deal with this issue as a young person so I am obviously not as close to it as you are. You are likely to have a different perspective as a result of your personal experience with this issue.

 

Jane
Jane

 @azcumsquelcher  @LegitQuestions Do we know that for sure?  The article did not explicitly say whether the cartoonist was a student or not.  As a gay who grew up in a similar environment and was afraid for my safety, I don't think it is funny, I think it is sad.  I understand that perhaps the cartoonist was trying to shed some light on the unfortunate reality that bigotry and homophobia are often passed along to youth, but does this cross the line of reinforcing such behavior?  On first glance I took it that way and I could see how others did too.  We do not know the cartoonist's intent but the affect.  If the cartoon didn't have the child reinforcing the parent's violent ideals, it could be one thing.  Also, since it is specifically promoting a hate crime, not just any, but murder, it is hard to see it as funny, even though I can view it as satire.

azcumsquelcher
azcumsquelcher

 @LegitQuestions excellent point. People are so eager to make a huge issue out of this and bring the fight for gay rights to U of A. In reality, this is a college kid who made a dumb joke and now he lost his internship

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