Notre Dame Paper Apologizes for Anti-Gay Cartoon
January 18, 2010

Editors of The Observer, the student newspaper at the University of Notre Dame, have issued an apology for publishing a cartoon that based its humor on gay bashing. The cartoon asked "What's the easiest way to turn a fruit into a vegetable?" and answered that question with "a baseball bat." The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation condemned the cartoon, saying, "This type of advocacy of anti-LGBT violence must stop. It isn’t funny. What’s more, it promotes hate crimes, which are all too prevalent in society today." The Observer editorial apologizing for the cartoon said: "Allowing this cruel and hateful comic a place on our pages disgraced those values and severely hurt members of our Notre Dame family -- our classmates, our friends. For this, we sincerely apologize."

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