A Pennsylvania newspaper fired one of its political cartoonists after readers complained about an expletive-laden jab at President Donald Trump the artist incorporated into his Sunday comic strip.
Cartoonist Wiley Miller, whose syndicated Non Sequitur political cartoon series appears in more than 700 newspapers nationwide, was axed from The Butler Eagle after readers called the paper and said they were offended.
In a Twitter post on Sunday, Miller encouraged readers to color in the picture and find the little Easter egg” spoken by character Leonardo Bear-Vinci.
Some of my sharp-eyed readers have spotted a little Easter egg from Leonardo Bear-Vinci. Can you find it?
— Wiley Miller (@TheWileyMiller) February 10, 2019
The insult, which appeared in the bottom righthand corner of the cartoon, read:
“We fondly say go f*ck yourself to Trump.”
Here is the image of the Non Sequitur comic strip.
With the oh-so clever Trump insult pic.twitter.com/rlHwKqbHFj
— Fran Warren (@FranWarren) February 11, 2019
Yeah, and? Non Sequitur fans loved it.
What's the insult?
— Sir Autumn Mandrake (@AutumnMandrake) February 11, 2019
Sure did! Wasn’t aware that Leonardo Bear Vinci knows about Trump but I agree with him
— jeanette bartels (@lbartelsl) February 10, 2019
Thinking you deserve Hero status for that one.
— Bob W Garner-just bob-Spaceman Spiff (@athikers_bob) February 11, 2019
It was brilliant
— The Inglorius Padre Steve 🇺🇸🇩🇪🇪🇺⚾️⚽️ (@padresteve) February 10, 2019
— AMBAS (@MzJanekenz) February 11, 2019
Thanks for your service ✏️
— Popdiatry (@Popdiatry) February 11, 2019
— RyanKillsRobots (@KillsRyan) February 11, 2019
I just wish more folks would have your chutzpa!! A tip of the hat to you! pic.twitter.com/ZyUjLCpa6x
— laurel g (@laurel53) February 11, 2019
👍👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 fantastic! How much for a signed poster of this! #shutupandtakemymoney
— Dusty Brown (@TwoRoaches) February 11, 2019
Is it really that big of a deal?
I don't know. It seems silly (to me) to be either mad or ecstatic by a veily-concealed vulgarity aimed at this current president. Why in 2019 should we even be hiding our feelings in plain sight? Let's just openly call a fool for what it is and not fear sensitives' repercussions.
— J. Dodo (@hockGstatus) February 11, 2019
Stay strong. What I think I read here was stated, repeated and yelled from the rafters everywhere we went last weekend including or Catholic Church, a Wedding and my fathers SR. Living Home.
Trump is universally despised.
— Ihatedonaldtrumpmorethanyou2.0 (@Ihatedo13976738) February 11, 2019
On the other hand, supporters of the president – fully willing to dismiss Trump’s own pattern of crass remarks and racist behavior – on Twitter were quick to condemn the cartoon.