Friends, and Lovers of Truth, Justice, Freedom and Comedy,
The great, multi-award winning cartoon strip, Non Sequitur, by humanitarian and genius Wiley Miller, has been canceled by over 100 newspapers this week over last Sunday’s cartoon. After decades of award winning genius, and producing over 9,896 funny, brilliant and touching cartoons, last Sunday Wiley included a “wink” to the Resistance in the strip. Though invisible to the naked eye, a reader caught it and a swift mobilization by the haters who cheer when reporters are attacked and beaten at Trump rallies led these newspapers to cancel him. Even though the comments in the papers were pro-Wiley 10 to 1, emails hold more weight. That is why I am asking you to send an email to save Non Sequitur (info below).
Wiley had put “F Trump” in one of the scribbles (cartoon on the right, click it for full size), invisible to the naked eye, yet someone found it and mobilized their troops. The haters seem to act more quickly and vehemently than the left, and editors consider one email represents a hundred or so. If you care about supporting artists who hold government’s feet to the flame, artists who create with heart, love, and truth, as well as gorgeous physical art, please take five minutes to email the newspapers below, who canceled this strip. Our voices are slowly being shut down. We cannot let them destroy one of the bravest, smartest and best. Feel free to use any of the points in my letter below when you write your emails.
To the right is the Sunday, Feb 10, 2019 cartoon which led to 100 newspapers canceling the brilliant Wiley Miller strip, Non Sequitur. Click or tap it to zoom in. Can you even find the word that caused this?
I am writing to vehemently state my objection to the canceling of the cartoon strip “Non Sequitur”, and to appeal to your better angels and responsibility to serve the public. The “offending” word in Sunday’s cartoon was basically invisible, yet became a cause celeb by the same people who cheer when reporters are physically attacked and beaten at Trump rallies.
You decide to destroy a man’s career over one hidden word in a cartoon out of 9896 brilliant previous Wiley cartoons over thirty years, yet you print “shithole” countries, “grab ‘em by the pussy”, etc., though that causes pain and incites hatred and violence. What hypocrisy. One man has blithely coarsened America’s language and character, but you decide to punish a man who has daily brought America laughter, compassion, love and brilliance. Wiley included a subtle wink for anyone being driven mad by this administration. He deserves an award, not cancellation.
You do the public a great disservice by shutting down Non Sequitur, a champion for smart, caring, involved readers. This strip mercifully prevents our hair from bursting into flames from the news. It shows us we are heard, understood and not alone. Please look back upon Mr. Miller’s body of multi-award winning work. He is the invaluable American artist we desperately need right now. Don’t destroy a life for a minuscule lapse. I would be the first to e-subscribe to your paper, and spread the word to my followers, when Non Sequitur is restored. You cannot just erase this artist, when we see daily the second chances given to people far less deserving.
Thank you for your consideration.
The newspapers that answer you will say exactly the following (collusion much?) “That language has no place in the comics, and Wiley betrayed our trust.”
That is when you answer with your own version of the following:
It’s the 27th anniversary of Non Sequitur. Mr. Miller has provided your paper, and all papers, with just short of TEN THOUSAND Non Sequitur comic strips, where he indeed proved his trustworthiness, as well as provided your readers with humor, joy, heart, humanity, and laughter. If you withdraw your “trust” for one gaffe out of TEN THOUSAND perfect strips, where is your humanity, and what kind of arbiter are you? Is cartooning the only job in America with one strike and you’re out? Athletes, celebrities, the public, abuse drugs, women, work, trust, laws, and are given chance after chance; suspended and then reinstated. This punishment you have inflicted on Wiley does NOT fit the crime. As for inappropriate language; first, no one saw the language upon reading Wiley’s strip, I still can’t see it. It was illegible. Second, you have no trouble clearly printing in your paper “Grab em by the pussy, shithole countries”, etc. etc. RESTORE THE STRIP. Show that people who actually DESERVE second chances are accorded such by fair, decent newspaper people. You owe him, and your readers, that much and more.
This article contains the list of newspapers that canceled Wiley. Please choose as many as you can and send an email in support of reinstatement. (And isn’t Charlie Hebdo shaking its head in sorrow and amazement at America?)