Jim Davis has delighted millions with the Garfield cartoon throughout the years, but yesterday, he enraged many with the cartoon above. As you can see, the comic implies that “National Stupid Day” is held in remembrance of a spider squashed by Garfield. Because this cartoon ran on Veterans Day – which honors soldiers, living and dead – many readers thought Jim Davis was making a statement about the armed forces.
However, Jim Davis explained that the comic was not intended to harm anyone, and he had no idea when it would actually run.
“I had no idea when writing it that it would appear today – of all days,” Jim Davis explained. ”I do not use a calendar that lists holidays and other notable days, so when this strip was put in the queue, I had no idea it would run on Veterans Day.”
And if that wasn’t convincing enough, the Garfield cartoonist explained that he has a lot of respect for veterans due to familial connections: Davis’ son has served in Afghanistan and Iraq, while Davis’ brother served in Vietnam.
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