Sunday, January 17, 2010

Fruits and Vegetables

A student newspaper at Notre Dame has issued an apology after running a cartoon with the following punchline:
"How do you turn a fruit into a vegetable?"

"No idea."

"With a baseball bat."

Here is the apology:
The editors of The Observer would like to publicly apologize for the publication of “The Mobile Party” in the Jan. 13 edition. The burden of responsibility ultimately lies on us for allowing it to go to print. 
There is no excuse that can be given and nothing that can be said to reverse the damage that has already been done by this egregious error in judgment. 

Allowing this cruel and hateful comic a place on our pages disgraced those values and severely hurt members of our Notre Dame family — our classmates, our friends. For this, we sincerely apologize. Unfortunately, the language of hate is an everyday reality in our society.”

The South Bend Tribune has the most complete coverage I've seen. Via Andrew Sullivan.


joe said...

And at Notre Dame no less. This is a great example of why I put little faith in the intellect, let alone the judgment or sense of humor, of anyone based on where he got a degree.

PG said...

I find it much simpler not to put much faith in the judgment of 18-22 year olds. Student newspapers -- and I say this having written for mine -- are a constant trainwreck waiting to happen.