The Idaho Press has decided to stop publishing the comic strip Non Sequitur because the artist used profanity in the strip that appeared in Sunday’s edition.
Non Sequitur cartoonist Wiley Miller issued a statement Monday, saying he did not intend for the profane scribbling in the cartoon to become public.
In the bottom corner of one of the strip’s panels, Miller had scribbled what looks like the words “Go (expletive) yourself Trump.”
“I now remember that I was particularly aggravated that day about something the president had done or said, and so I lashed out in a rather sophomoric manner as instant therapy,” Miller said in a statement. “It was NOT intended for public consumption, and I meant to white it out before submitting it, but forgot to.”
However, it has been pointed out that Miller also tweeted on Sunday, “Some of my sharp-eyed readers have spotted a little Easter egg from Leonardo Bear-Vinci. Can you find it?” suggesting that it was, indeed, intentional.
Regardless, the Idaho Press does not condone the use of profanity in the pages of the newspaper, and the artist slipping in such profanity is a violation of the trust we place in everyone we work with who provides content for our newspaper.
As word has spread, several other newspapers across the country have similarly canceled the comic strip in their paper.
The Idaho Press was able to remove the comic strip starting with Wednesday’s edition.