Robert Ariail, noticing that I had posted his recent cartoon on the blog, sent me the original version, which he said he withdrew from dissemination because someone thought “it would precipitate claims of an ethnic slur.”
Robert wanted to know what I thought. I responded:
I see nothing wrong with that, Sahib.
Seriously, I know where they’re coming from — they’re worried that the evocation of India might make people think you’re saying something you’re not, and distract from the message — although I think they’re being oversensitive.
I wish I could post this on the blog to see what my readers think — but that would probably put you in an uncomfortable spot, wouldn’t it? So I won’t.
But Robert said he didn’t care, so I’m asking y’all.
For comparison, here is the culturally sanitized version again, below…