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July 16, 2019

Newspaper drops comic strip after artist tells Trump `go f— yourself’ in message

February 11, 2019
The Butler Eagle in Pennsylvania said it is canceling the comic strip after apologizing to readers for the insult. (The Butler Eagle)

A popular comic strip took a vulgar poke at President Trump on Sunday, and it cost the artist the support of at least one newspaper.

The message “We fondly say go f— yourself to Trump” was hidden in one panel of artist Wiley Miller’s “Non Sequitur” strip.

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At least one newspaper was not amused.

Under the headline “Loose lips sink strip,” the Butler Eagle in Pennsylvania said it is canceling the comic strip after apologizing to readers for the insult.

“Neither the Butler Eagle nor any other newspaper that includes this strip had an opportunity to remove it even if they had discovered it before distribution,” publisher and general manager Ron Vodenichar said on the paper’s website.

“We apologize that such a disgusting trick was perpetuated on the reading public. The Butler Eagle will discontinue that comic immediately.”

Miller acknowledged the comment that was concealed in the strip about his character, Leonardo Bear-Vinci.

“Some of my sharp-eyed readers have spotted a little Easter egg from Leonardo Bear-Vinci,” Wiley tweeted Sunday. “Can you find it?”

“Non Sequitur,” distributed by Andrews McMeel Syndication, publishes in more than 700 newspapers nationwide, according to the company’s website. It was not immediately clear if other newspapers had dropped the strip.

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