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Local Paper Dumps Cartoon Over Anti-Trump Obscenity

The "f" bomb in the Sunday funnies? The Butler Eagle is making national news for being the first to notice the word, and announce they're dropping the syndicated strip that contained it.

The Butler Eagle newspaper is making its own news tonight. The paper is dropping the syndicated cartoon "Non Sequitur" over a strip that featured an obscene anti-Trump message that published in Sunday's paper. The Eagle is making national news for first noticing the swear-word, and then getting rid of the cartoon. Other papers are now following suit.

The vertically stacked three-panel cartoon (shown here in original order from top to bottom), was designed to let readers color in the black and white drawings. It has a scrawl at the bottom right of the second panel (above) that appears to read "Go f--- yourself Trump." The Washington Post (just one of the national papers to pick up the story) reports that cartoonist Wiley Miller apologized, and said in a statement that he didn't mean for the public to see it. Miller told the Post he drew the strip a few weeks ago and forgot to take out the obscenity.

On the Eagle website , publisher and general manager Ron Vodenichar said a reader -- with children -- first alerted the newspaper. He said the vulgarity and not the fact that the poorly hidden message was anti-Trump caused them to pull the comic.

"We apologize that such a disgusting trick was perpetuated on the reading public." Ron Vodenichar, publisher, Butler Eagle

Since Sparkt, like the Eagle, doesn't want children to stumble upon an obscenity on our site, we're only posting part of the comic here. Any search engine will take you to the uncensored version, but here 's one from the Washington D.C. publication The Hill.

(Source for comic images: GoComics )

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