Letter: Comics should be funny, not discriminatory

Editor, the Gauntlet,



I was extremely offended by a recent comic [Re: “AutoSomna cartoon,” Sept. 9, Marc Lynch and Lars Hedlund] displayed by the Gauntlet. This comic included a supposed “cartoon” that utilized discriminatory language against people with large bodies (weight discrimination) and women (sexual discrimination). Although I appreciate political cartoons, when their very message reinforces stereotypes that seek to undermine people’s worth, they have no place on campus.

We need to move forward in becoming a non-discriminatory campus that seeks to dispell stereotypes and advocates for equal treatment for all, and such content in the primary media outlet on campus is not appropriate.

In your statement about letters to the editor, you outline that “Letters will not be printed if they include attacks of a strictly personal nature, statements that discriminate on the basis of race, sex or sexual orientation, or libellous or defamatory material.” I would recommend that you consider the same expectations of any material disseminated by the Gauntlet.

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