Twitchy has featured the work of Indianapolis Star cartoonist Gary Varvel before, particularly when it catches the attention of a known quantity like Brit Hume, but Friday’s editorial cartoon depicting what appears to be illegal immigrants crashing a Thanksgiving dinner has ignited such a backlash that the paper’s editor has said he “erred” in publishing it and has removed it from the paper’s website.
— Jeff Taylor (@jefftayloredits) November 22, 2014
— Tuvok Shakur (@blksuprman) November 22, 2014
— Zachary Sire (@ZacharySire) November 22, 2014
Ouch. Taylor explained, in part:
Gary did not intend to be racially insensitive in his attempt to express his strong views about President Barack Obama’s decision to temporarily prevent the deportation of millions of immigrants living and working illegally in the United States.
But we erred in publishing it.
Cartoons are seldom intended to be read literally. And Gary did not intend this one to be viewed that way. He intended to illustrate the view of many conservatives and others that the president’s order will encourage more people to pour into the country illegally.
The cartoon survives on Twitter, though, accompanied by some scathing criticism.
— varvel (@varvel) November 21, 2014
@varvel holy hell! Why on earth did you think this was an okay thing to do?!?
— Horseless Manhead (@petedotowens) November 21, 2014
— Beau Zach Bricks (@BricksDF) November 22, 2014
@varvel Congrats on your impending retirement.
— Ryan ⭐️⭐️ (@ryanhealy) November 22, 2014
@varvel So brown people are breaking into white people's homes, Gary? Help me understand your Thanksgivjng comic and how it's not racist.
— Mexican Judge (@laloalcaraz) November 22, 2014
@MrELLsays Was that cartoon ironic or is that guy really an anti-immigration nut? I took it was the latter, sadly.
— Rolando (@roshow) November 22, 2014
— margaritateresa ????? (@margaritateresa) November 22, 2014
— markaross (@markaross) November 22, 2014
— Brandon Hardin (@hardin) November 22, 2014
— Ian McDonald (@ianrmcdonald) November 22, 2014
— David C (@dacaldar) November 22, 2014
— KC. ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@KevinSoup100) November 22, 2014
— S.A. Barton also writes science fictiony stuff (@Tao23) November 22, 2014
— Timothy B. Lee (@binarybits) November 22, 2014
— kturet (@kturet) November 22, 2014
Taylor further explained that Varvel’s “depictions in this case were inappropriate; his point could have been expressed in other ways.” Maybe if the immigrants were serving the dinner to the family; right, Hillary?