A newspaper has dropped a syndicated cartoon after finding an insult aimed at President Donald Trump tucked in a corner of the strip.
On Sunday, Pennsylvania’s Butler Eagle included the comic strip “Non Sequitur” drawn by Wiley Miller as it always does. However, this particular cartoon, featuring a “Bearaissance” character named Leonardo Bear Vinci, had a message scribbled in the lower-right-hand corner reading, “We fondly say go fuck yourself to Trump.”
Here is the image of the Non Sequitur comic strip.With the oh-so clever Trump insult pic.twitter.com/rlHwKqbHFj— Fran Warren (@FranWarren) February 11, 2019
Ron Vodenichar, the publisher and general manager of the Eagle, said in an article on the paper’s website on Sunday that it was made aware of the message by a reader. He said it was “apparently placed there by someone in the creative department of the creator of the comic strip or the syndication which controls it” and indicated that “neither the Butler Eagle nor any other newspaper that includes this strip had an opportunity to remove it even if they had discovered it before distribution.”
“We apologize that such a disgusting trick was perpetuated on the reading public. The Butler Eagle will discontinue that comic immediately,” wrote Vodenichar.
Miller did not immediately respond to a request for comment but teased the message in a tweet on Sunday, writing, “Some of my sharp-eyed readers have spotted a little Easter egg from Leonardo Bear-Vinci. Can you find it?”
Some of my sharp-eyed readers have spotted a little Easter egg from Leonardo Bear-Vinci. Can you find it?Non Sequitur for February 10, 2019 | https://t.co/ITjGIYyfyN https://t.co/fDHpxSmAgo via @GoComics— Wiley Miller (@TheWileyMiller) February 10, 2019
According to his website for “Non Sequitur,” the strip is syndicated in more than 700 newspapers and has received four National Cartoonists Society divisional awards.
While it’s not immediately clear why the message to Trump was added to the Feb. 10 cartoon, Miller has not shied away from sharing his disdain for the president via Twitter.
On the same day the cartoon was published, Miller referred to Trump as “President Fuckwit” in one tweet and the “gaslighting projectionist” in another.
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