“For too long, segregation sullied women’s sports … They were restricted to women! Thank goodness those dark days are over.”Mallard Fillmore
That was the text of one of two cartoons published last month that got the comic strip Mallard Fillmore banned by corporate leaders at Gannett Co., Inc., the largest newspaper publisher in the United States as measured by total daily circulation.
Syndicate King Features said the corporate office of the Gannett last week abruptly cancelled Mallard Fillmore, which appeared in 69 Gannett newspapers, stating it “did not meet our standards.”
The comic strip has been drawn by cartoonist Bruce Tinsley for 27-years.
The second of the offending comic depicts President Biden saying, “I hear what you, the American people, want me to do … kill fossil-fuel jobs … devalue Americans’ labor … and help more transgender athletes beat the *@!# out of biological females.”
Ironically, a poll earlier this month by Politico and Morning Consult shows that most Americans agree with Mallard – 53% of 1,990 registered voters said they support a ban on transgender athletes competing in women sports. Only a third of those surveyed opposed the ban.
At least 20 states have introduced laws to restrict transgender females from playing sports.
Biden touched off a firestorm in his first day in office on Jan. 20 when, out of the blue, he signed an executive order giving males who identify as women the right to participate in female athletics. Research shows that after puberty males have an inherent biological advantage over girls, which makes it harder – if not impossible- for girls to win athletic events and athletic scholarships.
Astoundingly, women’s groups like the Women’s Sports Foundation are supporting transgender participation in girls sports.
Tinsley, who was interviewed on Washington Watch Tony Perkins this week, said his comics “didn’t attack transgender people in any way but it did endorse female rights to compete only with biological females in women’s sports. To me it’s a matter of fairness.”
Tinsley called the current climate of intolerance in the United States “really scary” and “frightening.”
Gannett was acquired in 2019 by New Media Investment Group, a private equity company that is ultimately owned by a Japanese conglomerate Softbank.
Gannett operates daily newspapers in 260 communities in 46 states and Guam, including USA Today. It has the fifth largest digital audience in News and Information. Based in Tysons Corner, VA, Gannett was formed in 1923 in Rochester, N.Y., by a conservative, Frank Gannett.