The Independent Florida Alligator has issued an apology for running a cartoon depicting a man and woman having sex while texting their donation to the American Red Cross (link goes to the cartoon, NSFW).
When deciding to run that cartoon, we in no way wanted to make light of the situation that happened in Haiti.
Furthermore, we appreciate all of the fundraising efforts that have come from the Red Cross, UF organizations, the Salvation Army and any other person or group who has stepped up in this time of need.
We were simply trying to show how people have come together to help the Haitians in their time of need, as we do when we publish stories about the relief efforts of students â?? only with the cartoon, we were giving it a humorous spin. We understand that Haitians are dealing with a horrible tragedy, and we would never want to treat the situation insensitively. But despite the heartbreak, we see beauty in the way the world is coming together to help Haitians. Our cartoon was simply an acknowledgment of the fact that people are joining together to get behind a cause.
Compared to the apology issued by the The Notre Dame Observer for the anti-gay cartoon – which resulted in the assistant editor resigning, this apology is lame and a bit shocking that the cartoon even ran in the first place.