Sean Delonas' New York Post cartoon said, essentially, "Screw you, monkeys." The Post itself said, "Screw you if you didn't like it." But Rupert Murdoch—their boss—is suddenly being polite! Did Rev. Al win?
Rupert has issued what we must admit is a very civil and human-sounding apology! A day after Al Sharpton and the NAACP vowed to keep on protesting this issue until it hit News Corp in the wallet, the head of News Corp appears in the pages of his dirtiest, fuck-you-Al-Sharpton paper to sincerely apologize. Interesting. Rupert comes off like the responsible father who has to apologize to the neighbors because his kids had a wild party while he was out of town. And while we would have expected a very slick non-apology from Rupert, this almost sounds like (dare we say?) an actual apology:
As the Chairman of the New York Post, I am ultimately responsible for what is printed in its pages. The buck stops with me.
Last week, we made a mistake. We ran a cartoon that offended many people. Today I want to personally apologize to any reader who felt offended, and even insulted.
Over the past couple of days, I have spoken to a number of people and I now better understand the hurt this cartoon has caused. At the same time, I have had conversations with Post editors about the situation and I can assure you - without a doubt - that the only intent of that cartoon was to mock a badly written piece of legislation. It was not meant to be racist, but unfortunately, it was interpreted by many as such.
We all hold the readers of the New York Post in high regard and I promise you that we will seek to be more attuned to the sensitivities of our community.