Tasteless Veteran’s Day Garfield Cartoon Haunts Jim Davis

Cartoonist Jim Davis has been forced to offer up an apology for an outrageous and tasteless Garfield cartoon that ran on Veteran’s Day that seemed to refer to it as “National Stupid Day”. Davis claimed the cartoon was written a year ago, and for some odd reason was badly timed to run on Veteran’s Day. However, the cartoon was marked with a date tag that suggested that it was actually written to run on Veteran’s Day, calling into question the version of the story that Davis claims.

Davis claims that his brother is a Vietnam veteran, and his son has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. However, the outrageous Garfield cartoon is going to haunt Davis for years, and forever change his public image. Was Davis trying to make some antiwar political point? Regardless, the Garfield character is probably permanently tarnished by the ongoing controversy. Where are editors to allow such a strip to run on Veteran’s Day?

Several years ago, Conan O’Brien had to offer up an apology after he ran a comedy bit comparing Veteran’s Day to Christmas, where a Veteran’s Day chair was decorated with lunch meat. It was a harmless and stupid comedy bit. But, it offended some vets.

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  • Anonymous

    Jim Davis “claims”? Why didn’t you do a little research.

    Garfield is not permanently tarnished. The apology was prompt and sincere.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NZHJXRTTW4DAU64NJ2HS3J76SQ AaronP

    “However, the outrageous Garfield cartoon is going to haunt Davis for years, and forever change his public image….Regardless, the Garfield character is probably permanently tarnished by the ongoing controversy”

    Based on what? These statements are presumptive and ridiculously alarmist.

  • Nothanks

    Yeah, the date couldn’t possibly be added well after the art is created and much closer to the date the strip actually runs. THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE! Conspiracy, conspiracy, conspiracy! A gajillionaire cartoonist who has spent the last 30+ years NEVER saying anything political thru his cartoon cat has decided to go completely off the deep end and bash a day set aside to honor people like his own brother and son. That makes sense! And then he immediately apologizes for the accidental timing and explains exactly what happened. Clearly we should completely ignore logic and reality and create a controversy where there is none. What an aggressively stupid post.

  • David

    Then what else could this cartoon possibly be symbolizing? And let’s not get too crazy people…the timing IS a little suspect.

  • wow

    nothing. it means exactly what it says… getting killed solely for the purpose of being remembered (or being a ‘martyr’ for no reason) is fucking stupid.

  • andy

    shut the hell up david and wow, you wacko conspiracy nuts.as the others have stated mr. davis has never taken a political stance, he has stayed true to being a children’s cartoonist. shit happens and when shit only happens once in 30+ years of being in the poublic then, goddamn your doing pretty good in my eyes. the man wouldnt have dishonored his father, brother and family. he sincerely apologized and yes this might actually haunt him now, cause he is sorry and he didnt mean it. jim davis is an amazing man.

  • C’mon now

    Don’t masquerade as a journalist when you’re really just an alarmist.

  • ReallyNow

    I read this strip and made NO connection between the strip and Veteran’s Day. It’s just a Garfield comic.

  • Ryan891

    stop censorship