First Cartoon We've Killed in a Year

Cartoon by Jiho for the Nice-Matin newspaper in France.
Cartoon by Jiho for the Nice-Matin newspaper in France.

I got an e-mail from our Cagle Cartoons managing editor, Cari Bartley this morning.


I started getting calls from subscribing editors real early this morning. This would be odd for a Saturday, so I answered.  The last editor said that forcing his employees to search through the current cartoons could actually be construed as sexual harassment and get him in trouble.

I pulled the cartoon from the download site and attached the cartoon to this email.


It is pretty rare for us to censor a cartoon, but sometimes foreign sensibilities don’t quite mesh with our American expectations.  This cartoon was drawn for the Nice-Matin newspaper in France by Jiho, who doesn’t much care for Lance Armstrong.  Alas, no one here will see this charmer, outside of our blog.

The cartoonists upload their own cartoons to our syndicate site, without going through a censor (other syndicates censor first).  This rarely creates a problem for us, although editors often complain about having to look at cartoons that annoy them, that they don’t print and would never have to suffer looking at from other syndicates.  Some cartoonists think we should never kill a cartoon in syndication, because it is up to the editors to decide whether to print it or not.  We’ve posted some offensive whoppers … but sometimes … well …

By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post.

18 replies on “First Cartoon We've Killed in a Year”

The offended should be man enough to click away. If not then, woman enough to simply move on.
Too many people seem afraid sex might become known–too late!!
Besides this is not sexual in nature, although the offensive federal government would certainly salute political correctness on this one.
After all, the professional politicians want to ru(i)n everyone's lives to squelch those who might think for themselves. ©2009

1) It's just a penis, people. Get over it!

2) For a guy who doesn't like Lance Armstrong, he certainly drew him very well endowed. Though I suppose the cartoon lack-of-regular-human-anatomy might've had something to do with that.

If it was censored because of the penis, tsk tsk. I think that in the XXI Century it's time to admit that men have penises. If it was censored because of the guillotine threatening the penis, then I must admit I would have censored it too. Don't give ideas to Doping Control.

This is an extremely poorly drawn cartoon! In poor taste also, but more importantly, poorly drawn!

When you enforce a hard censorship, you effectively promote thought control.

I wish we could run this cartoon on the front page of every newspaper, in full color with 3-D glasses just to prove to the world that we don't believe in this "immoral/dirty/disgraceful" language garbage. Any cartoonist on this site who has ever taken figure drawing has drawn more than their fair share of penises.

Also, it specifically being a person's penis? Well first, I'd hope so; second, so what? By that logic, in a few centuries it'll be taboo to draw men's crotches because, well, we all know what's hiding under just that thin layer of clothing. Who knows, maybe one day we'll be back under the tyrannical rule of enforced censorship that has given us such bloopers as the current movie rating system – torture is fine for teens, but god forbid a boob/penis happen on screen. THEN they'd be corrupted! :-

Can someone tell me why it's inherently wrong for children to see a penis or the naked body?

"Can someone tell me why it’s inherently wrong for children to see a penis or the naked body?"
Because the people who present themselves as the spokespeople for God said so.

"This is not “a” penis… this is SOMEONE’S penis."
No, it's a cartoon of someone's penis. A cartoon that speaks very plainly that if this were the penalty for doping, someone would be very worried. It is a newsworthy observation, particularly in Europe where biking is followed more avidly, and it was, presumably, printed in a paper.
It is unfortunate that the prudish sensibilities of American society in general don't actually promote free speech when it comes to certain topics.

I sent myself the cartoon about the passing of Walter Cronkite but all I got were a bunch of question marks , comments , other cartoons, everything except the one about Cronkite.

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