Friday, February 20, 2009

Statement from Neil G. Giuliano on New York Post Editorial Cartoon by Sean Delonas

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has called on media to report on New York Post editorial cartoonist Sean Delonas' history of defamatory cartoons. A cartoon appearing in the February 18, 2009 issue invokes two recent stories: a police shooting of a chimpanzee in Connecticut and the recently passed stimulus bill. The cartoon depicts police having shot and killed a chimpanzee while making an implied reference to President Obama, saying, "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill." The cartoon has sparked widespread anger and outrage, and community leaders have coordinated ongoing protests of the New York Post.

"Sean Delonas has a history of defamatory work and we stand with those who decry this recent cartoon as unacceptable and a vicious portrayal that neither enlightens nor entertains," said Neil G. Giuliano. "It's unacceptable that the New York Post continues to provide a platform for such instances of hateful defamation."

Sean Delonas has been the subject of three separate GLAAD Calls to Action for his continued juvenile and defamatory treatments of LGBT issues. This year he was named to GLAAD's "Worst Defamation of 2008" list.

GLAAD issued a Call to Action for members and an Eye on the Media to raise awareness for Delonas' history of anti-LGBT cartoons. The Eye on the Media resource, with examples of his prior defamation, is available at

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