Given the controversy surrounding the recent New York Post cartoon, which featured a chimp that many people took to represent President Obama, I now realize that many Americans are likely to find the portrayal of an ape president offensive. Although it is no defense, I would point out that when I made the film few would have imagined that our country would elect a black president so soon afterwords. The scene was not intended to allude in any fashion to a future black president, and I deeply regret any offense I may have caused to African-Americans, and indeed to Americans in general.
I am really confused by the reaction to the chimp cartoon. I never realized that a chimp automatically equated with African American. So, when George Bush was depicted this way, were people really saying he was America’s 1st black president?
So Al Sharpton, If the first thing that comes to mind when you see a chimp in a cartoon is black people (or specifically Obama), the problem is in YOUR head, not mine!