Cartoon: I Have Been Silenced!


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Transcript

This cartoon has four panels, plus a small “kicker” panel beneath the bottom of the cartoon.

PANEL 1
An older man wearing glasses, sitting behind a desk, is talking to an intense man with a large black beard and wearing a suit jacket but no tie. We’ll call him “Blackbeard.”
GLASSES: We’re dropping your column. Many readers think you’re just too extreme.
BLACKBEARD: I have been silenced!

PANEL 2
Blackbeard is standing on stage behind a lectern, holding a hand high in the air as he declames. There’s a huge audience listening to him.
BLACKBEARD: I have been silenced!

PANEL 3
A newspaper lies on a table, near a coffee mug and a spoon. The newspaper is The Washington Post. A front page story shows a photo of Blackbeard talking, and a headline that says “I Have Been Silenced!”

PANEL 4
We are looking at a flatscreen TV. The TV shows Blackbeard appearing on Fox News. Blackbeard is yelling. An off-camera interviewer speaks.
INTERVIEWER: …here with his new book, “I have been silenced.”
BLACKBEARD: I have been silenced!

KICKER PANEL BELOW BOTTOM OF STRIP
Barry the cartoonist is talking to Blackbeard.
BARRY: It seems–
BLACKBEARD: STOP SILENCING ME!

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4 Responses to Cartoon: I Have Been Silenced!

  1. 2
    RonF says:

    I guess I haven’t been keeping up. Does this refer to anyone in particular?

    In the general case, my answer to Blackbeard in panel 1 would be “The First Amendment protects free speech, not paid speech.”

  2. 3
    Jeffrey Gandee says:

    The good thing about this cartoon is it applies to many speakers, but that guy looks like Kevin Williamson.

  3. 4
    RonF says:

    Sounds like the latest entry to the “I have been silenced!” list would be John Brennan.

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