Mexican flag cartoon

US Cartoon of Mexican Flag Draws Ire

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Sept. 4 — An American cartoonist’s rendition of the Mexican flag is causing controversy south of the border, where Mexicans say it’s offensive to taint their national symbol with images of drug violence.

Political cartoonist Daryl Cagle’s drawing, which ran on the front page of several Mexican newspapers this week, shows what’s normally a regal-looking eagle at the center of Mexico’s flag riddled with bullets and bleeding. It’s a reference to the drug wars that have riled Mexico and left more than 28,000 people dead there in less than four years.

“Editorial cartoonists look for readily recognizable metaphors and that’s an obvious one for Mexico,” Cagle told CNN.

But some Mexicans say they’re offended by the cartoon. Like the American flag, Mexico’s banner is a national symbol under which many soldiers and civilians have given their lives. They say Cagle overstepped his creative license in this case.

“It is a shame that a patriotic symbol like our flag, which is so beautiful to me, can be mocked by a stupid cartoonist,” one angry reader complained to the Mexican newspaperEl Universal. “I think there are many other ways to graphically protest what’s happening in our country.”

The Mexican Embassy in Washington weighed in on the issue, with a spokesman Ricardo Alday saying Thursday that Mexico “respects and defends freedom of speech and freedom of expression” but “differs” with Cagle “on the use he makes of the Mexican flag and the message it conveys.”

In a letter to MSNBC.com, which employs Cagle, Alday said the cartoon “triggered a negative response from some sectors of Mexican public opinion.”

On his blog, Cagle acknowledged that many people consider his cartoon “scandalous” and that it “struck a nerve with Mexican readers.” He said he’s received some “interesting, outraged emails” from readers.

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