Doonesbury “Beheading” Comic: Now Available

doonesbury beheadingWell, yesterday was May 23rd — a Sunday — which meant that the Doonesbury cartoon featuring a beheading was run. It’s completely out of context with the Nick Berg beheading, which is not surprising when you read the explanation:

Question) Isn’t this week’s Sunday section out of sequence — not to mention inappropriate?
— C. Pulver, Hartford, CT

Answer) Yes. Due to boneheaded creator scheduling, this week’s Sunday section appears before B.D.’s arrival at Walter Reed Hospital (the facility referred to in the strip), and while he’s still at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

As to the unfortunate coincidence of the last panel’s artwork (drawn in April) with the recent grisly tragedy in Iraq, Trudeau shares your chagrin: “Most Sunday sections are prepared five to six weeks in advance, and today’s strip was unfortunately overtaken by events. To ‘hand someone his head’ is a common expression, not normally associated with actual violence. I regret the poor timing, and apologize to anyone who was offended by an image that is now clearly inappropriate.”

Those newspapers around the country who print their Sunday sections late were offered a substitute strip.

Still, there will probably be some pundits who will pounce on the cartoon. Well, lo’ and behold, that theory isn’t too far off.


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