The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has posted an interview Tom Spurgeon coducted with Amy Lago, editor of the Washington Post Writers Group regarding the dropped Opus comics back in late August and early September.
SPURGEON: Are you worried about any of the potential free speech elements to this incident, that it might be harder to get certain kinds of satire into the marketplace?
LAGO: This isn’t a “free speech” story, because the government wasn’t involved. This is a business story. The only thing I’m worried about is our culture’s sudden need to feel offended at everything — to assume that someone is “against” you rather than “for” you and view such works in that light. And then to decide to take offense rather than to take time to ask, “What did you mean?”
I’m further worried about newspapers — if you’re not watching Comedy Central, especially programs like The Daily Show, then you’re probably not going to understand satire. And without satire as a comedic device, comics become lackluster and unappealing to the young and smart readers that newspapers are always claiming they want to attract.