In Wake Of Notre Dame Anti-Gay Cartoon, Cartoonist Fired, Editor Resigns


Last week I wrote about the shockingly anti-gay cartoon that ran in Notre Dame’s student newspaper. It was so bad even Maggie Gallagher condemned it. (You know you’ve gone too far when Maggie Gallagher thinks you’re too anti-gay).

Once word about the cartoon spread, the paper issued an apology. And now the assistant managing editor has resigned and the cartoonist has been fired:

The assistant managing editor, Kara King, writes:

A miscommunication between another editor and myself led to the comic running without me first reading and approving the material. Regardless, no excuse can justify the comic even being considered for publication, and the duty to censor it fell to me. I failed to do so, and am solely responsible for providing a forum for this message of hate . . . .

. . . To those whom my actions have offended, I’m sorry. I failed as both an editor and member of the Notre Dame community by allowing this strip to print. I cannot take my inaction back, but I can hope that some good will come from this. More than ever, we as a University need to fight against stereotypes and for the equal rights of all who consider our campus and community home. If nothing else, the administration needs to use this instance to acknowledge that discrimination against the LGBT community is a very real problem, and one that should not be tolerated.

And the cartoonist?

The Observer Editorial Board has discontinued the publication of the cartoon “The Mobile Party” following the submission and subsequent printing of the offensive Jan. 13 comic strip.

While accepting the apology of the primary authors, Notre Dame seniors Colin Hofman, Jay Wade and Lauren Rosemeyer, The Observer Editorial Board does not feel the comic strip aligns with community standards in terms of content and taste.

Per Observer Viewpoint policies, commentaries, including cartoons, submitted to The Observer for publication become property of The Observer unless otherwise discussed with the Editor-in-Chief. The Observer has been made aware of an outside blog authored by the writers of “The Mobile Party” that republished copies of their cartoons as well as cartoons deemed inappropriate for print and correspondence between Observer staff and the writers. This blog is in clear violation of Observer policy.

The Observer staff has been told the blog has since been removed from the Internet.

Writers of comic strips are typically paid for their submissions to The Observer. “The Mobile Party” authors will not be paid for the offensive submission.

(h/t Bilerico)

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