Spike Lee Throws Down in N.Y. Post Cartoon Controversy
Posted on Feb 20, 2009
If the higher-ups at the New York Post thought that running a simple apology for printing the now-notorious chimpanzee cartoon this week would constitute enough damage control to do the trick, here comes filmmaker Spike Lee—along with the Post’s arch-rival publication, the New York Daily News—to disabuse them of that notion.
New York Daily News:
Filmmaker Spike Lee led the call for celebrities to join a boycott of the New York Post Friday during a raucous protest of a racially charged cartoon.
Joined by his 11-year-old son, Lee told a crowd of about 300 people that he has bought the tabloid in the past—but no more.
And he suggested athletes and entertainers shun the paper’s writers because of Wednesday’s cartoon, which compared President Obama with a crazed chimp by some interpretations.
“This is not the end,” Lee told the demonstrators, who marched in front of the Post’s offices near Rockefeller Center shouting, “Shut it down.”
Lee’s not buying it: The New York Post has another prominent detractor in filmmaker Spike Lee.