I reported last week of a University of Virginia student who had two highly controversial cartoons published in the student paper – the Cavalier Daily.Â The cartoonist has issued an apology and has asked that the cartoons be removed from the paper’s web site.
“The sole intent of my comic strip is to present situations that provoke thought and amusement,” cartoonist Grant Woolard wrote in a statement. “As this comic did not achieve that goal, I have requested that it be taken down from the Cavalier Daily Web site.
“I apologize for the offense that this comic has produced.”
The newspaper and university received over 2000 complaints from across the nation and was the topic of discussion on Bill O’Reilly’s Fox TV show where he urged alumni to withhold donations until an apology is issued.
Religion and cartoons have been a touchy subject this year. When it comes to matters like this, I can’t help but remember an old say, “just because you have the right to do something, doesn’t make it the right thing to do.”