At least a dozen newspapers have drawn a syndicated comic strip after reading a cartoon containing a hidden insult directed against President Trump.
The comic book "Non Sequitur" on Sunday simply seemed to show bears dressed as Leonardo da Vinci. But The Butler Eagle, a newspaper in Pennsylvania, said Monday that it had ended the strip after being warned of a hidden message by an irate reader.
The band, which encouraged readers to color an image, appeared to include Message in the lower right corner: "We are happy to tell you to go to Trump."
"We apologize for the fact that such a disgusting trick was perplexing on the reading public," Ron Vodenichar, publisher and general manager of Eagle, on the paper's website. "Butler Eagle will interrupt this series immediately."
Andrew's McMeel Syndication, which publishes the strip, confirmed to the Washington Post on Tuesday that at least a dozen newspapers had chosen to release the strip over the hidden insult.
Here is the picture of the Non Sequitur series.
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The syndicate apologized on Monday for not catching the "vulgar language" in the editing process.
"We're sorry we missed the language of our editing process," the company said in a statement, according to the post. "If we had discovered it, we would not have distributed cartoons without it being removed. We apologize to" Non Sequitur's "customers and readers for our monitoring."
The cartoonist drawing the Wiley Miller strip , Posten told him he had forgotten the written message until it was published. He added that he wrote the phrase several weeks ago when he became frustrated by the Trump administration's actions.
"When I opened the paper on Sunday morning and read my cartoon, I did not like anything about it, because I did not notice the sobering that has now struck fire," says Miller, a frequent drum critic. "It wasn't meant for public consumption, and I meant it was white before it was submitted, but forgot it. If I intended to make a statement that would be understood by the readers, I would have done it in a more subtle sophistication way. "
Miller on Sunday teased cartoon series by saying in a now-deleted tweet there was an" Easter egg "in the picture.
The "Non Sequitur" strip is published in more than 700 newspapers in the United States