Cartoon Mocking NSA Wiretapping Censored

“I think the strip is harmless. The censorship was unnecessary.”

Cartoonist Stephan Pastis

On thursday 28, the comic strip “Pearls Before Swine” was censored in newspapers.


Cartoonist Stephan Pastis tweeted it out anyways.

Pearls Before Swine is an American comic strip written and illustrated by Stephan Pastis, a former San Francisco, California lawyer. It chronicles the daily lives of five anthropomorphic animals: a Pig, a Rat, a Zebra, a Goat, and a fraternity of crocodiles, as well as a number of supporting characters. Pastis has said each character represents an aspect of his own personality and world view.  The daily and Sunday comic strip is distributed by Universal Uclick as of 2011; previously, United Media’s United Feature Syndicate distributed the strip.

It debuted in 2000, when United Feature Syndicate ran it on its website. Its popularity rose after Dilbert creator Scott Adams, a fan of the strip, showed it to his own fans.

United Feature launched the strip in newspapers beginning December 31, 2001, in The Washington Post. On January 7, 2002, it began running in approximately 150 papers.  As of September 2011, the strip was appearing in 750 newspapers worldwide.  [WIKIPEDIA]

I believe that commentator Christine Rousselle speaks for many when she writes:

“Personally, I don’t see the issue. Part of the appeal of Pearls Before Swine is that it’s an edgier comic that takes more risk with its humor–it’s not the saccharine Family Circus. It’s also a strip known for its (often awesomely-bad) puns. This is nothing from the norm, and I don’t understand why this couldn’t be printed. If this is the world we’re living in now, I don’t like it. “


‘Pearls Before Swine’ Cartoon Mocking NSA Wiretapping Censored

Christine Rousselle


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