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Garfield Creator Issues Apology Over Offensive Veterans Day Comic Strip!

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Somebody is totally getting fired over this.

Yesterday, a Garfield comic strip was published (above) that seemed to imply that the holiday Veterans Day was 'National Stupid Day,' offending members of the armed forces and pretty much anyone else, so creator Jim Davis has issued a statement that claims that this is just a really unfortunate case of bad timing!

It reads:

"Dear Friends, Fans and Veterans,

In what has to be the worst timing ever, the strip that runs in today's paper seems to be making a statement about veterans. It absolutely, positively has nothing to do with this important day of remembrance. It was written almost a year ago and I had no idea when writing it that it would appear today—of all days. I do not use a calendar that lists holidays and other notable days so when this strip was put in the queue, I had no idea it would run on Veterans Day. What are the odds? You can bet I'll have a calendar that lists everything by my side in the future. You'd have to go a long way to find someone who was more proud and grateful for what our Veterans have done for all of us. Please accept my apologies for any offense today's Garfield may have created. It was unintentional and regrettable."

He makes a pretty good case for himself! Poor guy must have been blindsided when he realized what had happened!

However, this is still a pretty big oversight! Hopefully people will pay more attention to the content that's being published on days like yesterday!


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16 comments to “Garfield Creator Issues Apology Over Offensive Veterans Day Comic Strip!”

  1. 1

    Comics are never funny, but this made me LOL.

  2. 2

    people are way too sensitive about stuff! it's a comic, get over it. stop taking everything so seriously!

  3. 3

    I am the MOST unorganized person alive, i could see how these things get mixed up.

  4. 4

    seriously some people have nothing better to do but complain. I did see that he was talking about Remembrance Day at all, but then again i don't need things to bitch about all day.

  5. 5

    lol….it made me chuckle….no offense.

  6. 6

    wow that really was worst timing ever

  7. 7

    It really was horrible timing but if I wasn't in the Armed Services myself, I doubt I would know the date in advance either! His son is an active duty marine and his father was a retired-Vet…clearly just a goof. Garfield will still be my favorite comic strip…well except for maybe Peanuts!

  8. 8

    Eh, I don't find Garfield to be entertaining in the least, but to each his own I suppose.

    That being said, it states in the second slot, "They will hold an annual day of rememberance in my honor, you fat blob." I don't see how that can be misconstrued…I mean, if somebody killed me or any one of you, nobody would hold any kind of annual day of rememberance. Your family might do something of the sort, but as a nation, nobody give give a crap, nor would it be talked about in school as is shown in the third slot of the comic.

    Sure, it was bad timing - but I think the message is still pretty clear on this one. The funny thing to me is that if this had been in any way referenced at the Muslim community, or gay community, people would be shitting bricks. Interesting how something like this is being considered as people being "overly sensitive"…which I imagine comes from people who don't have family members who have actually served in the armed forces. Maybe next time they'll target something personal to you and then I can comment about how you're being a big baby. :)

  9. 9

    People are making a fuss over nothing. Get a life !

  10. 10

    I understand Davis's intention was not for this to run on Veteran's day… but:

    If you look at the meaning of the strip, the spiders (who seem to represent soldiers) are the ones who look forward to having a day named after them. They use their tact to survive. Garfield, the enemy, is the one for which "stupid day" is suggested.

    I'm sure people can do many interpretations of this, but one should read patriotic.

  11. 11

    I know he says that he did it a year ago but shouldn't the editors of the newspaper have realized? If this was published in the UK it would probably be a massive fuss. The media have the poppies on all the newscasters for a month or so.

  12. 12

    Re: Ladybug0803

    Logical people are perfectly capable of finding the actions/jobs of their loved ones stupid. It's not like the US has always engaged in necessary wars, or hasn't shown blatant signs of corruption.

  13. 13

    Chill people — that cartoon wasn't offensive.

  14. 14

    I think this was just an honest mistake…and I'm a veteran.

  15. Eggie says – reply to this


    "Hopefully people will pay more attention to the content that's being published…" Funny statement coming from a site that to this day doesn't know the difference between "it's" and "its," and which continues to embarrass itself with its sub-literacy in virtually every post (that's "its sub-literacy, not "it's sub-literacy"). Talk about not paying attention to content.

  16. 16

    Henry Kissinger said it best:"Military men are dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy"