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Boston Herald under fire for Obama 'watermelon toothpaste' cartoon

The Boston Herald has issued an apology for a cartoon that ran in today's paper many have criticized as racist.

The Boston Herald is taking heat for this cartoon, which many have criticized as being blatantly racist. The Boston Herald is taking heat for this cartoon, which many have criticized as being blatantly racist.

The Boston Herald has issued an apology for a cartoon that ran in today's paper many have criticized as racist.

The cartoon, drawn by Jerry Holbert, features a depiction of a White House intruder asking President Barack Obama if he's tried "the new watermelon flavored toothpaste?"

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The caption to the cartoon states "White House Invader Got Farther Than Originally Thought."

Herald spokeswoman Gwen Gage said in a statement to CBS Boston,“Contributors to our Editorial and Opinion pages have the right to express their views, and satire is clearly used in Jerry Holbert’s cartoon today.”

She added, “That said, we sincerely regret if we inadvertently offended anyone and extend our sincere apologies.”

Holbert, the cartoonist, went on Boston Herald Radio this morning to say he was "completely naive" to any racial connotations regarding the watermelon reference.

"I wasn't thinking about that at all," he said.

The backlash on social media was swift, with many blasting the tabloid for playing on racial stereotypes, criticizing the apology as lackluster and Holbert's explanation as implausible:











 
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