Brigham Young University’s student newspaper, The Daily Universe, periodically pulls and replaces comics when the subject matter runs contrary to the student’s honor code. A couple of days ago, they ran an editorial explaining why, but did not mention a particular instance.
Currently, The Daily Universe includes six comic strips: Zits, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, Peanuts, Frank & Ernest and Dilbert, and two one-panel comics: Ziggy and Non Sequitur.
Judgment calls are made every day here at the paper and sometimes the strip for the day needs to be pulled for content, usually for “taking the Lord’s name in vain, sexual content and bathroom humor,” said Nicole Smith, advertising production supervisor for The Daily Universe. When this happens, a comic strip, usually from the previous Saturday, is inserted, sometimes causing a sequence problem in the story line. To prevent this from happening so often, several of the current comics will be replaced with less objectionable ones.
We anticipate some die-hard fans are going to groan at that news. Many people have favorite comics, using them as kind of a daily habitual fix, whether we laugh or not.
Whatever The Daily Universe decides to run instead of the current comics, let’s just all get along.
Before you get your socks in a knot about the issue, remember – they’re just comics. And of course, there’s always Sudoku and the crossword.