Cartoonist Ted Rall, who regularly posts on the liberal blog Daily Kos recently posted a recent cartoon by Rall which depicted President Obama as an “ape” with the caption: “Calm the fuck down”.
According to the site’s gatekeepers, who cautioned Rall against making future postings which similarly characterize the president in a derogatory manner, their message to him said in part:
Your depiction of Barack Obama as ape-like is intolerable. Being critical of Obama, even ferociously so, is not the problem. Through British and American history, blacks have been subject to racist depictions of themselves as monkeys and apes. No excuse is acceptable for replicating that history, no matter what your intent. If it happens again, your posting privileges will be suspended.
Rall isn’t taking the criticism lying down either and says; since the Daily Kos doesn’t pay him for the content, therefore, he’s not changing his style.
He explains: “I might consider altering the way I draw a political figure for a paying client. A very high-paying client. Someone who employed me full-time. I’m sure not going to alter my drawing style for $0.00 money.”