A Pennsylvania newspaper dumped syndicated cartoon “Non Sequitur” because it contained a message telling President Donald Trump to go “f**k yourself”.
The cartoon ran Sunday in the Butler Eagle and the profane comment was hidden in its lower right corner, The New York Post reports.
“A sharp-eyed Butler Eagle reader alerted the newspaper of what appears to be a vulgar shot at President Donald Trump … and it will cost the cartoonist his place in the Eagle’s Sunday comics,” Ron Vodenichar, the newspaper’s publisher and general manager wrote on the Eagle’s website.
Wiley Miller, who drew the “Non Sequitur” cartoon strip, urged his readers to find his message.
“Some of my sharp-eyed readers have spotted a little Easter egg from Leonardo Bear-Vinci. Can you find it?,” Miller wrote on Twitter Sunday.
His message said, “We fondly say go f**k yourself Trump.”
The offending message has since been removed from the site, but one user screenshot the original version:
Vodenichar said his newspaper and other publications were tricked into running the comments because they had no “opportunity to remove it even if they had discovered it before distribution.”
He told the Pittsburgh City Paper that dropping the cartoon had “nothing to do with Trump”, but with publishing the F-word in “our family publication.”
Miller did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
It’s unclear if other publications have dropped it.
The cartoon is distributed by Andrews McMeel Syndication and appears in more than 700 newspapers.
— with Post wires
Originally published as Cartoon pulled for hidden Trump slur