"Refrain from featuring young children of political figures" is the unspoken rule among political cartoonists. Chris Britt, veteran cartoonist, broke that rule after publishing a cartoon on Sept. 28 featuring 10-year-old daughter of Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh.
The cartoon shows the young girl praying at her bedside, “Dear God, forgive my angry, lying, alcoholic father for sexually assaulting Dr. Ford.” Critics of the cartoon disagreed with Britt’s decision to feature Kavanaugh’s daughter, and complaints to the Illinois Times caused an uproar on social media.
In a statement from the Illinois Times on its Facebook page the newspaper states,
“While Chris Britt is a regular contributor to Illinois Times, he is not an employee and also engages in work for other publications across the country. The recent cartoon involving Kavanaugh’s daughter was posted on Chris’ own Facebook page; it did not appear in our publication or on our website The Illinois Times name should not have appeared on the cartoon in question and we have asked Chris Britt to remove it.”
According to the Washington Post, Britt told the Illinois Times in 2005, “People say [editorial] cartoons are biased, unfair and mean-spirited — and they are.”
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