In an open letter to The NY Post, musician John Legend criticized the
newspaper and called on New Yorkers not to buy it, or talk to its
reporters or buy its advertising space.
Addressing the newspaper’s editors, Legend wrote, “Did it occur to you
that our president has been receiving death threats since early in his
candidacy? Did it occur to you that blacks have historically been
compared to various apes as a way of racist insult and mockery? Did you
intend to invoke these painful themes when you printed the cartoon?
“If that’s not what you intended, then it was stupid and willfully
ignorant of you not to connect these easily connectable dots. If it is
what you intended, then you obviously wanted to be grossly provocative,
racist and offensive.”
For a full recap of this story and the resulting protest, click here