Garfield creator Jim Davis apologizes to public for comic strip calling National Veterans Day 2010 a ‘Stupid’ day (Photo)

By on Nov 13, 2010 in United States, Weird, World Comments

Garfield creator Jim Davis apologizes to the public for comic strip calling the National Veterans Day 2010 a ‘stupid’ day, according to different international news sites.

The apology was announced immediately after tons of negative comments came in when the Garfield comic strip was released on Thursday on its official website.

According to Jim Davis, the controversial comic strip was made almost a last year ago and that he had no idea it will be published on National Veterans Day.

The controversial comic strip, which was published at Garfield.com (see photo below), shows three sets of photos where a spider is giving a warning to Garfield if the latter will squish him.

“If you squish me, I’ll become famous,” the spider warns Garfield. “They will hold an annual day of remembrance in my honor, you fat slob.”

On the third and last frame, which seems to be classroom, the spider-teacher asks her spider-students, “Does anyone here know why we celebrate ‘National Stupid Day’?”

Below is a copy of the full letter of apology of Garfield creator Jim Davis, as posted at The Washington Post.

Dear Friends, Fans and Veterans:

In what has to be the worst timing ever, the strip that runs in today’s paper seems to be making a statement about Veterans. It absolutely, positively has nothing to do with this important day of remembrance.

Regarding today’s Garfield comic strip, it was written almost a year ago and I had no idea when writing it that it would appear today — of all days. 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. What are the odds? You can bet I’ll have a calendar that lists everything by my side in the future.

My brother Dave served in Vietnam. My son James is a Marine who has had two tours of duty, both in Iraq and Afghanistan. You’d have to go a long way to find someone who was more proud and grateful for what our Veterans have done for all of us.

Please accept my apologies for any offense today’s Garfield may have created. It was unintentional and regrettable.



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