In an online chat, Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten, talked about the Post’s decision to pull January 19th’s Candorville because it joked a presidential assassination. The paper ran a survey on whether they made the call, and readers overwhelming (73%) thought the paper made the wrong decision.
Cambridge, Mass.: I would like to point out, as I’m sure many others already have, that the joke in the Candorville comic is a straight rip-off of a Dave Chapelle bit. Dave talks about how hard it would be to be the first black president and the likelihood of assassination, therefore he would only do it if his vice-president is Mexican, “for a little insurance. So everyone would just leave me and vice-president Santiago to our own devices.” Great act by a native-D.C. comic.
Gene Weingarten: Dave was not the first to speculate on strategically having a terrible veep to make sure no one assassinates you. Those jokes were rampant during Dan Quayle’s vice presidency.
Ok, after reading all the comments — they were still wrong to drop it. It wasn’t advocating assassination, so I think they just didn’t want the outraged letters.
You can read all the comments over on the Washington Post’s site.