Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau is not one to shy away from socially sensitive issues, this week Trudeau is taking on the topic of abortion and state mandated sonograms.
However, the topic has caused a little turmoil with several newspapers electing not to run the comic, and the Charlotte Observer choosing to skip the Thursday installment.
According to the Observer's Peter St. Onge, the Thursday strip was deemed too graphic, and quoting Observer Editor Rick Thames "losing the one day won't disrupt the narrative of the week".
St. Onge also has Observer Editor Rick Thames stating: "Readers of Doonesbury expect its creator to delve into politically and socially sensitive topics. That comes with the strip. But our comics page is a destination for all ages. Many would find that one day's installment too explicit." More about The Observer's decision not to run Doonsbury is here.
Before someone shouts "censorship" let's be clear the Observer is trying hard not to lose customers, so maybe blacking out a comic even one that is always pushing the envelope may just be a sign of the times.
Which might just explain why the Observer's Thames keeps killing stories that might upset someone. I'm surprised the even run Peanuts, after all fairness on the playground should be a community standard and pulling the football just before Charlie Brown punts, is no longer socially acceptable.
Abortion is pretty graphic, but no more so than homicide or rape which seem to be an Observer staple. It can't be anymore graphic than the killing of 16 unarmed Afghans by a US soldier over the weekend.
Monday, Tuesday, and Today's strip are below, Cedar Posts with add Thursday's and Friday's here when they are published.
Thursday's Strip that Rick Thames felt was too graphic to publish in the Charlotte Observer.
Friday's Strip that Rick Thames felt was ok to publish in the Charlotte Observer.
More Doonesbury here.
Cedar Says: For the record, and I think I'm with the majority on this, I'm pro-life for me and I'm pro-choice for you.
Cedar FoLo: Well there you have it, all five of the weekday strip the ends with a totally lame punch line. And the Observer's Rick Thames felt it was just too graphic to publish the Thursday installment? Makes you wonder what else we are being protected from doesn't it?