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Monday, February 11, 2019 

Non Sequitur comic strip put hidden anti-Trump obscenity into its background

The cartoonist of the Non Sequitur comic strip did something awfully disgusting, embarrassing one of the newspapers carrying it to cancel their subscription:
The comic strip panel “Non Sequitur” has been dropped from the Winston-Salem Journal’s comics lineup, effective today.

The decision was a result of Sunday’s strip, which included the message, “Go f_ _ _ yourself Trump.” The type is hard to read, and easy to miss in a strip that features bears resembling Leonardo da Vinci and encourages readers to color on the page in “The Bearaissance.” The words are in the second panel in the strip, under a flying machine. [...]

The author of “Non Sequitur,” Wiley Miller, issued a statement on Monday that blamed the offensive words on an oversight: “When I opened the paper Sunday morning and read my cartoon, I didn’t think anything of it, as I didn’t notice the scribbling that has now caught fire. It wasn’t until later when sharp-eyed readers pointed it out that I remembered doing it, as the cartoon was done about eight weeks ago. I now remember that I was particularly aggravated that day about something the president had done or said, and so I lashed out in a rather sophomoric manner as instant therapy. It was NOT intended for public consumption, and I meant to white it out before submitting it, but forgot to.”

The explanation doesn’t match Miller’s post on Twitter on Sunday, which encouraged readers to look for a hidden message in his Sunday strip: “Some of my sharp-eyed readers have spotted a little Easter egg from Leonardo Bear-Vinci. Can you find it?” The post included an image of the offending panel.
Man, the anti-Trump hatred sure is getting way out of hand, tainting some syndicated comic strips in newspapers as much as monthly comic books themselves, and now a cartoonist's biases have cost him some circulation. Miller's likely not sorry he did that either. This aggravation likely won't stop even if Trump is reelected in 2020, and will probably get even worse.

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Making your opposition insane, particularly when they have a certain proclivity along those lines, also makes them stupid and less effective. The downside is you have to watch your butt because there's lots of people literally gunning for you.

This is the kind of thing that cartoonists often put in their work relying on the fact that the syndicate editor is going to white it out when he sees it. They do it to get out their frustrations in the course of their work, or to play games with the editor. Sometimes the editor misses it and it gets through, and then you have situations like this one.

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