Technorati tags: politics, womens rights, media, the International Herald Tribune is afraid that Ann Coulter in a burqa will offend someone, somewhere
The comic strip below has been censored by the International Herald Tribune (click it to enlarge).
According to Judy Burt, IHT's Deputy Features Editor, "We know the name of this comic is 'Non Sequitur.' Nevertheless, we felt it was obscure to many of our international readers as well as potentially offensive to some of them." The IHT is an international newspaper based in France.
Editor & Publisher reports that the comic's creator, Wiley Miller, responded in an email, "It's the right, even obligation, of every editor to run or censor anything they deem appropriate for their newspaper, no matter how vague the rationale might be... Under the reasoning they've stated, every cartoon could be deemed inappropriate... . So I think they've been less than forthcoming on the real reason they're afraid to run this rather mild satire. But that's their right." Miller will submit a comic from a year ago in place of the offending strip.
Here's the thing, who's likely to be offended here? As far as I can see, two groups - people who think burqas are a good idea and people who like Ann Coulter. As far as I'm concerned, either group can go screw themselves, but I'm not running an international newspaper. My media empire gets North American and European hits - I don't have to worry about burqa fans very often.
Burt said that the strip 'was obscure to many of our international readers', which I assume refers to Ann Coulter. If Coulter's relatively unknown outside the US, that'd be pretty good news. I'd hate to have her ideas seen by people outside the US as typical (aside to anyone reading this outside the United States - we all think she's psychotic. I think most of her book sales are to libraries and homes for the mentally helpless).
Which leaves us with concerns over the burqa fans. What's the offense, that it's absolutely true? As the Danae character says in the strip, "I guess the right to vote and own property is overrated for some people." Doesn't that pretty much sum things up nicely?
On the other hand, maybe they do know who Coulter is and being compared to such an obvious mental patient is where the offense lies.
In which case, who can blame them?
(Comic strip courtesy of Universal Press Syndicate)