Jim Davis, the artist behind the Garfield cartoon strip, is getting a lot of flack today for an ill-time comic that appeared to dishonor veterans. The strip ran yesterday, and it showed Garfield about to smush a spider with a newspaper.
“If you squish me, I shall become famous,” says the spider, who of course gets squished.
The last panel shows a bunch of spiders together for a memorial, with one of them asking, “Does anyone know why we celebrate ‘National Stupid Day?’” Some people took that to mean Davis was denigrating Veterans Day.
In an apology, Davis insisted that it was an honest mistake. He wrote the strip months ago and had no idea it was slated to run on Veterans Day. He further pointed out that his son is a veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he would never besmirch their honor.
I believe him – because really, who would do something that dumb. What do you think – is the controversy overblown?
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