It’s a week later, and we’re still talking about actor Will Smith’s slap on comedian Chris Rock at last Sunday’s Oscars in retaliation for a tasteless joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. . “The Slap” tops this week’s editorial cartoon gallery.
The Seattle Times’ David Horsey won the Oscar for “worst performance by a winner” by immediately handcuffing Smith. Other portrayals of Oscar include a bandaged cheek (New York Daily News’ Bill Bramhall), black eyed (Tribune Content Agency’s Dana Summers) and life support (Tribune’s Joey Weatherford). Michael Ramirez of the Las Vegas Review-Journal draws Smith as his “Men in Black” persona wielding the device that erases people’s memories of what they just witnessed. Alas, Smith discovers that it is not so simple.
The cartoonists also weighed in on revelations that Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, sent an encouraging text message to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on January 6, 2021, when rioters made burst into the US Capitol to prevent the certification of the presidential election.
President Joe Biden made a blunder during a speech in Warsaw, Poland. Biden, stepping off the script, said Russian leader Vladimir Putin “cannot stay in power.” The White House later backtracked on the statement, saying it was not a change in policy. Biden stuck to it. “I was expressing the moral outrage that I feel and I make no apologies for it,” the president said.
Other subjects in the cartoons include the upcoming vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson; Biden’s decision to release oil from the country’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to reduce high gas prices; former President Donald Trump’s missing call logs from January 6; and the blasé attitude of Americans towards the latest variant of Covid-19.
The cartoons were drawn by Nick Anderson, Bill Bramhall, Dana Summers, Drew Sheneman, Scott Stantis, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Joel Pett, and Joey Weatherford of Tribune Content Agency; and Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.