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Cartoonist: Goal was humor, social discussion

Published: Oct. 19, 2012 at 1:02 AM MST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2018 at 5:30 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The cartoonist who lost his job because of the controversy surrounding his comic in the Arizona Daily Wildcat says it was a mistake and the editor should not be fired.

D.C. Parsons was fired after readers complained about Tuesday's edition of his cartoon, "etc."

He said his goal was humor and to evoke social discussion.

Readers called the cartoon homophobic and inappropriate, and the Daily Wildcat printed an apology that said that printing the cartoon was irresponsible.

"I made a joke," Parsons said. "I made it into a comic and then I put it in the newspaper. I didn't think it would be received with malice or homophobic. That was not my intent. I'm sincerely apologetic about it."

Parsons said he would be more careful in the future.

He said he won't work for the Daily Wildcat again, even though editor in chief Kristina Bui said he could apply for a position next semester.

Some suggest that Bui should be fired as well, but Parsons disagrees.

"I kept asking her, 'Let me know if it goes too far. Let me know if it's too much or edit it down,'" Parsons said. "But she's always given me very free rein. That was a mistake. And I've been terminated for it. I don't think she needs to be terminated for it, and we're both very apologetic."

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