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COMICS: Why censor Trudeau and not Pastis?

Letter by Jaylene J. Hake, Lakewood on March 15, 2012 at 9:13 am | 1 Comment »
March 15, 2012 9:13 am

On Thursday I opened up the paper to find an interesting contradiction in values.

On page A3, you explained that this week’s “Doonesbury” by Garry Trudeau would be all reruns because of graphic material pertaining to abortion. However, on the actual comics page, “Pearls Before Swine” by Stephen Pastis features equally, if not more, graphic material pertaining to what seems to be a gang war between “East Side” and “West Side” cartoonists. On Thursday, one character was overheard to say, “You capped Andy Capp.”

As a person with a strong dislike of censors, I was wondering why you would censor one cartoonist, but not the other. Most children, after all, would not read “Doonesbury,” but “Pearls Before Swine” has talking animals, which would attract many children who must now be wondering what it means to “cap” someone.

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