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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 06/ 5/2009

Reader Poll: Is the Sotomayor Cartoon Offensive?

By The Reliable Source

(Creators Syndicate / courtesy of

Oh, what would Jim Lang think?

About seven weeks ago, the longtime cartoonist at The Oklahoman -- he was a fixture there for 58 years, retiring last fall -- died after an illness. Today, he just might be rolling over in his grave. Or not.

That's because this week, the Oklahoman ran an editorial cartoon by Chip Bok of Creators Syndicate (and who left the Akron Beacon Journal at the conclusion of last year's presidential election). The cartoon depicts Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor hanging from a tree like a piñata. Below her, President Obama, sporting a sombrero, asks stick-wielding GOP members of Congress "Now, who wants to be first?" (Why Bok is invoking Mexican metaphors for a woman of Puerto Rican descent, it's unclear to many.)

The cartoon has been called racist. The cartoon has been deemed sexist. And several women's groups have spoken out against the cartoon.

What do you think? You can register your vote below:


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More stupid than offensive.

Ms. Sotomayor has identified herself as a Latina. And political cartoons generally trend towards exaggerations and stereotypes, whether we like it or not.

Piñatas are stereotypically Hispanic, despite actually being a Mexican tradition. So this is a quasi-logical take on "bashing" a SCOTUS nominee, though one or two seconds of thought just makes you go "meh".

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | June 5, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

My first glance at this was quick and I read it as a lynching cartoon.

Posted by: Mrhode | June 5, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Hanging a woman from a tree is NEVER funny. This "cartoon" is in horrible taste.

Posted by: 2old2readcomics | June 6, 2009 2:25 AM | Report abuse

being familiar with bok's cartoons for many years, i thought it was stupid and clumsy, but no big deal. i doubt he meant it as a lynching metaphor. he could have improved it by making the 'piñata' look more like a paper maché piñata and less like a person.

Posted by: rwyckoff | June 6, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I guess because I'm aquainted with Bok's style - He is after all for some unknown reason one of the editorial cartoonist - put it down to typical Bok mentality type cartoon as just stupid. I'm not talking about his political beliefs but rather that his cartoon as just plain stupid. They are so obtruse that I used to sit there and try to puzzle out the cartoonist's intent but now just realize it's not worth the effort. Look at any other of the Editorial cartoons and you can gather the writer's argument, whether you believe it in or not. Bok offers such a muddled point of view that you can't tell. Also Bok posts cartoons like once every two weeks. Editors surely there are better cartoonist that can fill his spot on the Editorial Cartton page.

Posted by: dre7861 | June 6, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I get it. You're(GOP)shooting off your mouth now. When the confirmation hearing starts who's going to be brave enough to take the first shot? Very smart.

Posted by: jimbo1949 | June 6, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

While so called political cartoonists saturize their targets this one goes a bit too far. In a time where there is an upturn in bigotry we do not need this type of statement. Big ass Russ Limbaugh is more than enough of that type. I know almost nothing about the lady but even if I should disagree with her philosophy I would not approve of such a statement. A typical chauvenistic bigotted cartoon. He should be disiplined.

Posted by: quapaw12000 | June 8, 2009 6:53 AM | Report abuse

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