Cartoon Scandals So Hot Right Now

Cartoon Scandals So Hot Right Now

Cartoon Scandals So Hot Right NowAs the Crimson‘s cartoon woes drift downriver, Dartmouth’s are just rounding the bend. But this time the comic isn’t plagiarized — it’s insensitive.

 

It started with Nietzsche. Drew Lerman ’10 drew a comic for Monday’s paper depicting the philosopher coaching a frat boy on how to take advantage of a drunk girl. A few readers concluded that the cartoon advocates rape and proceeded to burn copies of The Dartmouth outside the paper’s offices. Here’s Caroline Kerr ’05 in a Tuesday op-ed:

Where does The Dartmouth draw the line? Would a picture of a black student being lynched from Baker Tower make it into the comics? How about a group of students from Hillel being marched off to a gas chamber under a giant swastika?

A staff editorial in the same edition responded that the comic, while racy, “does not fall under the category of hate speech” and shouldn’t be censored. The university’s Student Assembly issued a strongly-worded statement Tuesday night questioning The Dartmouth‘s journalistic integrity. (Full text after the jump).

Misunderstood social commentary? Masculist hate crime? We’re gonna safely go with neither. The joke isn’t funny enough to be excusable, and the misinterpretation — that Nietzsche advocates rape – is too absurd to be offensive. We’re not sure where this lies on the overreact-o-meter either, but there are two things we never underestimate: 1) a college cartoonist’s ability to botch a joke, and 2) a campus’s inability to spot one.

Statement of Concern Regarding Journalistic Integrity in The Dartmouth

Sponsored by Tim Andreadis ’07, Yuki Kondo-Shah ’07, Michelle Davis ’07,
Soralee Ayvar ’07, Raina Hammel ’07 and The Diversity and Community Committee

WHEREAS The Dartmouth exists as the main daily news source for students, alumni, parents, and the larger community;

WHEREAS The Dartmouth is an independent organization;

WHEREAS The Dartmouth leases office space from the College in Robinson Hall and is permitted to establish distribution centers around campus and also has a College representative on its Board of Visitors;

WHEREAS The Dartmouth exists as a community newspaper that has a large impact on student opinion and is often the only means by which students learn about issues on campus;

WHEREAS The Dartmouth has received a number of complaints specifically regarding their poor fact checking, biased selection of Op-Eds, misquoting or misrepresenting Dartmouth community members, editorializing their news articles, misleading and/or factually inaccurate article titles-all relating to a serious lack of journalistic integrity and accountability on behalf of The Dartmouth under the guise of ‘free speech’;

WHEREAS several students feel that The Dartmouth has not made any substantial movement toward amending or remedying the aforementioned problems with the publication;

WHEREAS The Dartmouth has consistently refused to print retractions to address these and other issues;

Let it be resolved that Student Assembly issue the following statement of concern regarding The Dartmouth:

The Student Assembly and members of the student body are concerned that The Dartmouth, as an independent organization with a large impact on campus, has generated a number of concerns among members of the Dartmouth community regarding their poor fact checking, biased selection of Op-Eds, misquoting or misrepresenting Dartmouth community members, editorializing their news articles, misleading and/or factually inaccurate article titles-all relating to a serious lack of journalistic integrity and accountability on behalf of The Dartmouth under the guise of ‘free speech’;

The Student Assembly and members of the student body request that The Dartmouth ascertain a greater degree of transparency and integrity in its editorial decisions for selecting Op-Eds and printing retractions.

The Student Assembly and members of the student body request that The Dartmouth works toward a greater degree of objectivity in its criterion for selecting Op-Eds.

The Student Assembly and members of the student body request that The Dartmouth create an online message board on its website homepage or an alternative forum for students to address inaccuracies or issues that arise with the reporting / journalism of the publication;

Let it be finally resolved that the Student Assembly share the aforementioned statement and recommendations with The Dartmouth editorial board, The Dartmouth‘s Board of Visitors, and College administrators in an effort to encourage a dialogue and work with the paper to make improvements.

  • abc

    I think the humor comes from the absurdity of the entire situation, not the interpretation of Nietzsche itself. Everyone who isn’t stupid enough to think that the cartoon advocates rape is offended at very the depiction of the situation.

  • abc

    I think the humor comes from the absurdity of the entire situation, not the interpretation of Nietzsche itself. Everyone who isn’t stupid enough to think that the cartoon advocates rape is offended at very the depiction of the situation.

  • D ’09

    SPOT ON!! Tim Andreadis is an idiot who’s completely blind when it comes to differnet views on issues like this. Anybody who disagrees with his pro-feminist/gay views, he deems bigots. Tim, you’re woman, IvyGate for President.

  • D ’09

    SPOT ON!! Tim Andreadis is an idiot who’s completely blind when it comes to differnet views on issues like this. Anybody who disagrees with his pro-feminist/gay views, he deems bigots. Tim, you’re woman, IvyGate for President.

  • invisible_hand

    D ’09,
    and what, pray tell, is wrong with being “pro-feminist and pro-gay?” i think you miss the issue entirely, and you come off sounding quite intolerant.
    that having been said: i think the above statement is also missing the point of the cartoon. the comic is clearly not advocating rape, and in fact, mocks one who would ever justify taking advantage of a woman. the protagonist declares himself to be “beyond good and evil,” referencing a book by nietzche, but also saying that he considers himself to be outside of the realm of the moral. i think most of us will agree that being moral is a good thing, and thus the discerning reader will deem the main character in the comic as “bad” and thus NOT deign his behavior and beliefs acceptable.

  • invisible_hand

    D ’09,
    and what, pray tell, is wrong with being “pro-feminist and pro-gay?” i think you miss the issue entirely, and you come off sounding quite intolerant.
    that having been said: i think the above statement is also missing the point of the cartoon. the comic is clearly not advocating rape, and in fact, mocks one who would ever justify taking advantage of a woman. the protagonist declares himself to be “beyond good and evil,” referencing a book by nietzche, but also saying that he considers himself to be outside of the realm of the moral. i think most of us will agree that being moral is a good thing, and thus the discerning reader will deem the main character in the comic as “bad” and thus NOT deign his behavior and beliefs acceptable.

  • d 08

    noteworthy: the dartmouth IS independant and as such SA’s wrist slap based on misinterpretation does nothing. way to finally get something done, timmy.

  • d 08

    noteworthy: the dartmouth IS independant and as such SA’s wrist slap based on misinterpretation does nothing. way to finally get something done, timmy.

  • D ’08

    Although I do believe the cartoon is insensitive (I’ve heard the argument that if you had been sexually assaulted this weekend and you opened Monday’s paper to see this comic, you would feel profoundly isolated from your college community), I defend the D’s right to print it. The editors at the Dartmouth gave Lerman the chance to revise the comic before going to print, and he stuck to his work. Therefore, the Dartmouth – an organization completely separate from the college – should not be made to revise its standards because of a misunderstanding between a comic and the students who did not “get the joke,” as it were.

    However, what I see as most interesting about this comic is not its content, but its author. We know that Dartmouth has a problem when a first year student, here for less than two months, can already recognize that sexual assault is an everyday reality on this campus. I support Andreadis in his desire to stop Dartmouth’s acceptance of the number of sexual assaults on campus. I, however, think we should focus on how to stop these assaults, instead of on censoring comics which were made as commentary on the flippant treatment of assault on this campus, and thus teach us to stop perpetuating the acceptance of such behavior.

  • D ’08

    Although I do believe the cartoon is insensitive (I’ve heard the argument that if you had been sexually assaulted this weekend and you opened Monday’s paper to see this comic, you would feel profoundly isolated from your college community), I defend the D’s right to print it. The editors at the Dartmouth gave Lerman the chance to revise the comic before going to print, and he stuck to his work. Therefore, the Dartmouth – an organization completely separate from the college – should not be made to revise its standards because of a misunderstanding between a comic and the students who did not “get the joke,” as it were.

    However, what I see as most interesting about this comic is not its content, but its author. We know that Dartmouth has a problem when a first year student, here for less than two months, can already recognize that sexual assault is an everyday reality on this campus. I support Andreadis in his desire to stop Dartmouth’s acceptance of the number of sexual assaults on campus. I, however, think we should focus on how to stop these assaults, instead of on censoring comics which were made as commentary on the flippant treatment of assault on this campus, and thus teach us to stop perpetuating the acceptance of such behavior.

  • quote board

    oh good lord – the student assembly is the most useless group of students on campus. look at their track record. and speaking of track records, it is traditional for the student assembly to hate the d and vice versa. that is, the d would hate student assembly if it were worth their time.

    and several students does not a majority make!

  • quote board

    oh good lord – the student assembly is the most useless group of students on campus. look at their track record. and speaking of track records, it is traditional for the student assembly to hate the d and vice versa. that is, the d would hate student assembly if it were worth their time.

    and several students does not a majority make!

  • 10027

    I hate how all of our respective student bodies are so goddamn sensitive. Man up, bitches.

  • 10027

    I hate how all of our respective student bodies are so goddamn sensitive. Man up, bitches.

  • Meh

    I think the D is probably more worthless than SA. Strongly worded proposals are awesome.

  • Meh

    I think the D is probably more worthless than SA. Strongly worded proposals are awesome.

  • D ’09

    “a first year student, here for less than two months, can already recognize that sexual assault is an everyday reality on this campus.”

    Shut the hell up D ’08, HE’S NOT RECOGNIZING “SEXUAL ASSAULT”, HE’S RECOGNIZING THE REDICULOUSNESS THAT IS ALSO KNOWN AS LIBERAL INDOCTRINATION ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES. Wise up.

  • D ’09

    “a first year student, here for less than two months, can already recognize that sexual assault is an everyday reality on this campus.”

    Shut the hell up D ’08, HE’S NOT RECOGNIZING “SEXUAL ASSAULT”, HE’S RECOGNIZING THE REDICULOUSNESS THAT IS ALSO KNOWN AS LIBERAL INDOCTRINATION ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES. Wise up.

  • The real problem

    The real cause for uproar should be that collegiate cartoonists are simply not funny. That’s something worth protesting.

  • The real problem

    The real cause for uproar should be that collegiate cartoonists are simply not funny. That’s something worth protesting.

  • Cochise T. Stronghold

    What a bunch of weenies.

  • Cochise T. Stronghold

    What a bunch of weenies.

  • not a funny topic

    first, nietzsche’s opinion isn’t part of the debate surrounding this issue. and no one at D is saying the cartoon as a whole ADVOCATES RAPE directly–obvi the cartoonist isn’t saying, ‘go rape’–but his blasé treatment of the subject of sexual assualt, the imagery and general representation of the woman involved, and ESPECIALLY the campus’ (and all you other ignorants, now) aggressing counter-attack against those who point out that this isn’t funny or appropriate all reflect the dangerous social dismission of rape as a disqustingly pervasive PROBLEM at dartmouth, and in the world in general. and that passive acceptence of rape as “no big deal” is perhaps the most serious issue…

  • not a funny topic

    first, nietzsche’s opinion isn’t part of the debate surrounding this issue. and no one at D is saying the cartoon as a whole ADVOCATES RAPE directly–obvi the cartoonist isn’t saying, ‘go rape’–but his blasé treatment of the subject of sexual assualt, the imagery and general representation of the woman involved, and ESPECIALLY the campus’ (and all you other ignorants, now) aggressing counter-attack against those who point out that this isn’t funny or appropriate all reflect the dangerous social dismission of rape as a disqustingly pervasive PROBLEM at dartmouth, and in the world in general. and that passive acceptence of rape as “no big deal” is perhaps the most serious issue…

  • hilarious topic

    I think that was probably the longest sentence ever recorded.

    Seriously, you’re murdering the fun.

  • hilarious topic

    I think that was probably the longest sentence ever recorded.

    Seriously, you’re murdering the fun.

  • what a frightening world

    no, the fun was gone as soon RAPE became a JOKE on monday.

    why do people need to fight against the recognition of this as a serious issue? sick, people.

  • what a frightening world

    no, the fun was gone as soon RAPE became a JOKE on monday.

    why do people need to fight against the recognition of this as a serious issue? sick, people.

  • Leah

    Pro-Gay & Pro-Feminist; I second the “what’s wrong with that”!
    This is just the problem with our systems, our media sources, the stereotypes and stigmas that have been force fed to us. We’ve been told that there is something wrong with being upset about little things. We have been told that the only things to be upset about are blatant offensive acts that are tangible like hate speech written on a car, or a dorm room door etc…

    My hope is that students who feel troubled by the most minute incidents will speak up! My hope is that students who feel troubled by the most robust incidents will also speak up! I don’t know how many times students have to be told that they have the POWER to change, to rearrange, to create, to move, to show, to improve our systems when students feel it’s necessary.

    “Speak up so your grandmothers’ can hear you…Speak up so your unborn children can hear you”
    ~L.Prescott

  • Leah

    Pro-Gay & Pro-Feminist; I second the “what’s wrong with that”!
    This is just the problem with our systems, our media sources, the stereotypes and stigmas that have been force fed to us. We’ve been told that there is something wrong with being upset about little things. We have been told that the only things to be upset about are blatant offensive acts that are tangible like hate speech written on a car, or a dorm room door etc…

    My hope is that students who feel troubled by the most minute incidents will speak up! My hope is that students who feel troubled by the most robust incidents will also speak up! I don’t know how many times students have to be told that they have the POWER to change, to rearrange, to create, to move, to show, to improve our systems when students feel it’s necessary.

    “Speak up so your grandmothers’ can hear you…Speak up so your unborn children can hear you”
    ~L.Prescott

  • Dgirl07

    Actually, “WHAT A FRIGHTENING WORLD” the comic does not make rape a joke. What makes rape a joke is girls on this campus who get completely wasted, black out in a basement at 3am in a low cut shirt and slutty skirt, and then when they wake up next to some guy, scream and call it “rape.” Look at the girl in the comic. She is definitely asking for it.

  • Dgirl07

    Actually, “WHAT A FRIGHTENING WORLD” the comic does not make rape a joke. What makes rape a joke is girls on this campus who get completely wasted, black out in a basement at 3am in a low cut shirt and slutty skirt, and then when they wake up next to some guy, scream and call it “rape.” Look at the girl in the comic. She is definitely asking for it.

  • Sheena

    i can’t tell if you’re serious or being sarcastic, i’m hoping for the latter. what a stupid thing to say. if she were asking for it, he wouldn’t have to ask for advice from a philosopher, becuase she would BE ASKING for it. what it looks like to me is a girl who is sick and needs a decent person to help her.

  • Sheena

    i can’t tell if you’re serious or being sarcastic, i’m hoping for the latter. what a stupid thing to say. if she were asking for it, he wouldn’t have to ask for advice from a philosopher, becuase she would BE ASKING for it. what it looks like to me is a girl who is sick and needs a decent person to help her.

  • k

    No one ever ASKS to be raped. If someone is intoxiczted, they cannot legally give consent and thus it IS RAPE. To stop rape you have to gain an understanding of what a violent crime it is. 1 out of 3 women will be raped by the age of 25. So, your mom, your sister, your aunt, your cousin, or your niece may have been raped-get some compassion and get serious obout stopping rape!

  • k

    No one ever ASKS to be raped. If someone is intoxiczted, they cannot legally give consent and thus it IS RAPE. To stop rape you have to gain an understanding of what a violent crime it is. 1 out of 3 women will be raped by the age of 25. So, your mom, your sister, your aunt, your cousin, or your niece may have been raped-get some compassion and get serious obout stopping rape!

  • Lys

    I thought the comic was supposed to be about Nietzsche being a douchebag? I love the part of “Genealogy of Morals” where he refers to female beauty as “the angelic look of a plump pretty animal.” Well, I’d be pretty pissed too if a whore made me demented from syphilis.

  • Lys

    I thought the comic was supposed to be about Nietzsche being a douchebag? I love the part of “Genealogy of Morals” where he refers to female beauty as “the angelic look of a plump pretty animal.” Well, I’d be pretty pissed too if a whore made me demented from syphilis.

  • Larry

    The cartoon just seems to be a knock-off of the scene in Animal House where Pinto faced a similar moral dilemma. Nowadays it seems the only purpose of a college education is to stay ever observant for that which offends. I say that as long as the young man deposits the young lady in a shopping cart at the steps of her abode, he has transcended morality.

  • Larry

    The cartoon just seems to be a knock-off of the scene in Animal House where Pinto faced a similar moral dilemma. Nowadays it seems the only purpose of a college education is to stay ever observant for that which offends. I say that as long as the young man deposits the young lady in a shopping cart at the steps of her abode, he has transcended morality.

  • herewego

    @ “What’s wrong with pro-gay & pro-feminist?” Everything, obvi, you dorks. Those folks are the only ones who lack the genetics to spot a joke. Pretty-soon, the annoying feminists (fact), will turn against the male race and make love only to each other; the gays are pretty-much already doing that. But we can’t forget the fact that gays are already so in love with everything feminine, so they would engage in coitus with a girl if it would make her (the girl, not the gay guy), happy. Bottom line is, pretty soon, we’re going to see a middle-class of “Man-Girls,” who also, by the way, can’t spot a joke if it came on their forheads (along with AIDS).

  • herewego

    @ “What’s wrong with pro-gay & pro-feminist?” Everything, obvi, you dorks. Those folks are the only ones who lack the genetics to spot a joke. Pretty-soon, the annoying feminists (fact), will turn against the male race and make love only to each other; the gays are pretty-much already doing that. But we can’t forget the fact that gays are already so in love with everything feminine, so they would engage in coitus with a girl if it would make her (the girl, not the gay guy), happy. Bottom line is, pretty soon, we’re going to see a middle-class of “Man-Girls,” who also, by the way, can’t spot a joke if it came on their forheads (along with AIDS).

  • A 30 out of 10 on the overreac

    Get a sense of perspective, people–this single cartoon won’t affect anyone five years from now.

  • A 30 out of 10 on the overreaction scale

    Get a sense of perspective, people–this single cartoon won’t affect anyone five years from now.