The Wildcat, The University of Arizona student newspaper, committed a bit of a faux pas this week when it printed a cartoon that joked about killing gay kids.
In it, a father tells a son, “If you ever tell me you’re gay, I will shoot you with my shotgun, roll you up in a carpet and throw you off a bridge.”
“I guess that’s what you call a ‘Fruit Roll Up!’” the son replies.
The two chuckle manically, “Bwah-hah-ha-ha-hah!”
Here’s a tip to budding cartoonists: if you have to dedicate a quarter of your comic strip to clarifying that the preceding panels were a joke, maybe it wasn’t so funny.
It’s hard to imagine how an editor could see this little opus and think, “Mmm, yes, that’s ready for press.” But somehow the piece made it to print, people got upset, and the newspaper is very sorry about that.
The following day The Wildcat printed an apology, referring to the cartoon as something that “some readers felt was homophobic and inappropriate.”
Oh, some readers felt that?