11 Highly Controversial Newspaper Comic Strips
This Week Is Doonesbury Transvaginal Ultrasounds Week
Garry Trudeau's comic strip was rejected by several newspapers this entire week and run as an op-ed in others because it satirized a new Texas law requiring a transvaginal ultrasound before a woman can get an abortion. Trudeau's strip equated legally requiring the invasive procedure to forcible governmental rape, and comics page neighbor Garfield commented, "Hey, man, I'm just trying to eat my lasagna over here."
Garfield Accidentally Craps On Veterans Day
Then again, even Jim Davis's long-running fat cat joke can accidentally stir up controversy. A 2010 strip mocking the idea of remembering fallen spider heroes was, by total coincidence, printed on Veterans Day. Davis, whose brother and son served in the military, had banked the strip months in advance and apologized profusely for the error. Meanwhile, somewhere in America, someone killed a spider with the comics section the strip was printed in, and then forgot about it.
B.C. Proselytizes On Easter Sunday
Johnny Hart, an Evangelical convert who writes a comic strip about caveman hijinks, devoted a whole Sunday strip on Easter in 2001 to a menorah's candles slowing burning out into a Christian cross. Because everybody thinks Judaism's just, like, the rough draft of Christianity, right? Well it turns out not everybody thinks that. Here's a cooler-sounding summary of the official Anti-Defamation League reaction to the strip: "yo, that's hella rude and intolerant, dude."
The Boondocks Accuses Reagan Of Factual Relationship With Bin Laden
Putting Ronald Reagan and Osama bin Laden in the same sentence less than a month after 9/11 got Aaron McGruder's The Boondocks censored from The New York Daily News, Newsday, and several other newspapers. Because who cares if there's a connection between the two men worth exploring? Newspaper readers just don't want that kind of hippie nonsense drawn next to Heathcliff.
Doonesbury's Presidential Potty Humor
This past week's incident wasn't Garry Trudeau's first rodeo with rocking the boat. Newspapers were aflutter with requested edits when a 2005 strip depicted then-President George W. Bush calling Karl Rove "Turd Blossom", which was Bush's actual nickname for Rove. By the way, "turd blossom" is an actual Texan term for flowers that grow out of cow poop. Bouquet, anyone?
For Better Or For Worse For Acceptance Of Homosexuality
For Better or For Worse is well known as the comic strip that takes the funny out of "The Funnies". But it's also notable for ruining every homophobe's newspaper reading experience in 1993 when they revealed that one of the characters is gay. Because if you're not upsetting people with liberal progressiveness, what are doing drawing adorable cartoons in the fun section of the newpaper anyway?