Dagwood & Doonesbury vs. the Anti-Defamation League
THE MORNING LINE...
If comedy's all in the timing, then today's "Blondie" is the Swiss watch of comic strips. That's because Dagwood Bumstead is discussing the Anti-Defamation League taking action against a comedic form of entertainment -- immediately on the heels of the Anti-Defamation League, in real life, taking action against a comedic form of entertainment.
In the "Blondie" strip in question, neighbor-boy Elmo muses that it seems the ADL "would have sued" the Three Stooges for their act. As timing would have it, the ADL reportedly wrote a letter to Garry Trudeau this past Monday, objecting to his Sunday "Doonesbury" strip.
The "Doonesbury" strip in question involves the Reverend Sloan character discussing a "mellow" Jesus Christ who snaps "only once" in the Bible -- when dealing with the "money-lenders." The Bible, of course, refers to the temple's "money-changers" -- no small difference, says the Anti-Defamation League. Writes the ADL: "Doonesbury's Reverend Sloan is guilty of promoting anti-Jewish stereotypes and biblical illiteracy. He owes both Jews and Christians an apology."
You can follow "Doonesbury" in the weeks ahead to see whether Sloan responds, but somehow, I don't expect to see the good Reverend ascending a bully pulpit to apologize any time soon.
PCOD (POLITICAL CARTOON O' THE DAY): As Conan O'Brien assumes Jay Leno's old perch this week, this seems an especially spot-on cartoon for Cheney followers, NFL fans and -- especially -- those of us who once had 401(k)'s to speak of.
FAVE CARTOON VISUAL OF THE DAY: Mr. Magoo...blurred galactic vision...and the ever-comically name telescope. Double, double, toil and Hubble: Everything converges harmonically here for an inspired twist.
What cartoons did you love or loathe today? The floor is yours.
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| June 4, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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