In an open letter to the New York Post, singer John Legend called for a boycott of their newspaper and rejected their response to the controversy over their cartoon that shows police shooting a monkey with the caption “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”
In Legend’s letter, he railed against the newspaper’s suggestion that they were unaware of the racist implications of the cartoon, adding, “Shame on you for dodging the real issue and then using the letter as an opportunity to attack Rev. Sharpton.”
“You are responsible for printing this cartoon, and I hope you experience some real consequences for it,” Legend writes. “I’m personally boycotting your paper and won’t do any interviews with any of your reporters, and I encourage all of my colleagues in the entertainment business to do so as well. I implore your advertisers to seriously reconsider their business relationships with you as well.”
Legend’s primary motivation for his letter is that he’s offended by the NY Post’s non-admission of guilt in their statement. “You should print an apology in your paper acknowledging that this cartoon was ignorant, offensive and racist and should not have been printed,” he wrote.
To read the entire open letter from John Legend to the NY Post (via ONTD), click here.