A Pennsylvania newspaper has dropped a syndicated cartoon after it says a reader discovered a vulgar comment against President Donald Trump hidden in the corner.
“A reader brought to our attention that one of the syndicated comic strips which appears in the Sunday Butler Eagle may contain a hidden message which was apparently placed there by someone in the creative department of the creator of the comic strip or the syndication which controls it,” said Ron Vodenichar, Eagle publisher and general manager said in an article on the newspaper’s website.
The message, written in the lower right panel of the daily cartoon begins with “We fondly say go …” followed by an expletive directed at Trump. The full strip can be seen here.
The cartoon, which encourages readers to color it in, was drawn by Wiley Miller for the strip “Non Sequitur.” Sunday, Miller acknowledged the message in his comic, tweeting “Some of my sharp-eyed readers have spotted a little Easter egg from Leonardo Bear-Vinci. Can you find it?”
The Pennsylvania paper announced it will be dropping the nationally-syndicated strip distributed by Andrews McMeel Syndication from its Sunday comics, citing that it does not publish the F word in its family publication.
“Non Sequitur” publishes in more than 700 newspapers nationwide, according to the company’s website. The company did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
Contributing: The Associated Press. Follow Ashley May on Twitter: @AshleyMayTweets