LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – An editorial cartoonist spoke out in defense of an image that's drawing a lot of outrage on Twitter and other social media.
Joel Pett, of the Lexington Herald-Leader, spoke on the Terry Meiners Show Thursday after he penned a cartoon of Governor elect Matt Bevin, the Syria situation and Bevin's immigrant adopted children.
"I would say the way I used those kids in the cartoon basically as props was very similar to the way Governor Bevin used them in his campaign as props," Pett said.
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Thursday Bevin fired back by releasing the following statement:
"They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Indeed, today, the Lexington Herald-Leader chose to articulate with great clarity the deplorably racist ideology of "cartoonist", Joel Pett. Shame on Mr. Pett for his deplorable attack on my children and shame on the editorial controls that approved this overt racism. Let me be crystal clear, the tone of racial intolerance being struck by the Herald-Leader has no place in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and will not be tolerated by our administration."
Lexington Herald-Leader Editorial Page Editor Vanessa Gallman said, "Neither I nor my publisher, both of whom are black, didn't see it as anything racist. So that was rather surprising."
"It's really unfortunate people think its an attack on the children, it was meant to be a defense of the Syrian refugee children who Bevin and the rest of them are demagoguing," Pett said. "It's going to be a long four years if he reacts every time somebody nips at his heels."