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JetBlue de-planer catches cartoonists’ fancy

Post by Cheryl Tucker on Aug. 12, 2010 at 2:23 pm with 3 Comments »
August 12, 2010 2:23 pm


JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater is enjoying 15 minutes of fame after deplaning in an unconventional manner – down the emergency chute with beer from the beverage cart in hand. He reportedly snapped after a confrontation with passengers, but some on the flight are saying Slater was the instigator.

Whoever’s at fault, Slater has made thousands of Facebook friends, and there’s talk of turning him into a TV reality star.

He also struck a nerve with our political cartoonists, and several of them have pegged recent work on Slater’s news-making slide, including this one by Clay Jones of the Fredericksburg (Va.) Free Lance-Star. I suspect that cartoonists, who catch grief from readers on a fairly regular basis, may identify a little with Slater’s “take-this-job-and-shove-it” attitude.

To see more of the cartoons, visit our cartoon slideshow by clicking here and then on cartoons for the week of Aug. 9.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. scott0962 says:

    If an editorial cartoonist isn’t getting flack from the readers on a fairly regular basis then something is wrong.

  2. The TNT makes commenting on editorial cartoons difficult at best. The “Anchor Baby” cartoon, however, shows a profound ignorance on the part of both the cartoonist and the TNT editorial board.

    The travelers on the Mayflower were British citizens, and they were immigrating (we’d say ‘moving’ today) to another part of Britain. An unsettled part, to be sure, and yes, there were indigenous peoples who didn’t have a clue of what was happening, and were sparsely settled in the area themselves. Thus, a baby born to a family on the Mayflower was British both by parental lineage and by place of birth.

  3. nwcolorist says:

    I’m a fan of editorial cartoons, but find most of them uninspired lately. Maybe it’s the summer doldrums. Most seem to run in the same overplayed groove. Like the repetitious pictures of oil smeared people and objects during the BP spill.

    Hopefully the next ten weeks will see more variety and inspiration.

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