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Syndicated Cartoon Draws Outcry Over Satirical Perspective of Mass Shootings

Paper in Brockton MA prints cartoon that many say is insensitive following recent tragedies.

The Howie Carr Show
November 07, 2017 - 6:58 pm

     We live in a world filled with mass killing atrocities that just seem to outdo the event previous. Citizens around the world understandably sit and wait, wide eyed, awaiting the next horrific event that will require "thoughts and prayers" and a new hashtag. The front page incidents also naturally generate opinions and responses, some in the form of a seemingly innocent cartoon (depending on who you ask).

     The Brockton Enterprise printed a syndicated cartoon created by an artist in Columbus, Ohio. Spoiler alert, the artist defended it by saying it speaks for itself. That alone should be respected to some degree. An artist standing by his/her art, and allowing it to be depicted as the viewer sees fit is admirable, especially in a world filled with forced apologies in order to hold onto your Twitter followers. With that said, many are still attacking the piece in question for a list of reasons. See the cartoon in the Facebook post below.

     A big reason for the blowback is certainly due to the timing. The cartoon depicting a flower shop holding mass shooting specials to imply the frequency of the disasters is without a doubt dripping in satire. In addition, it's a creative depiction of the implication that we have accepted the events as a constant occurrence in our lives. 

     On the other side, although this doesn't necessarily point to one specific mass shooting, it's understandable to apply the comic to the recent Las Vegas and Texas church shootings. Many called the comic insensitive, and was disrespectful to the victims and their families. This response isn't incorrect either. Whether you're a stand-up comedian, a writer, or a cartoon artist, there will be those who test the uncomfortable waters with serious tragedies. It's not wrong to become offended by the cartoon, but is it wrong to illustrate it? Luckily this comic doesn't make the message personal to any one victim, event, or specific detail. This makes it slightly easier to let pass, but who decides when is too soon? For some it is too close to recent atrocities, and for some the timing is a non-issue. Others find the content uncomfortable, while others understand the implication. 

     Art truly is expressive and comprehended individually. If something printed in a news paper at least makes us think and discuss issues, that is considered a completed objective. Let's just try to be careful and upset 100%  of the population.

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