Deep down in the nether regions of my brain, I knew this cartoon wasn't going to pass muster with my editor. I've worked on editorial pages long enough to know when I've crossed the line.
"Oh, come on," Mrs. Lowe-Down said when I told her the idea over breakfast.
"Your older readers will love it!"
"Yeah, but this is the editorial page, not a Mae West movie," I replied.
Nevertheless, I thought the idea was so clever that I sketched it up anyway and
showed it, tongue-in-cheek, to my editor, Antonio Fins. What did I have to
lose? It's his job, not mine, to determine taste issues in our section of
Tony did not disappoint. Herewith, his response:
"Chan, Chan, Chan. How long have you been at this paper? By now, you know that cartoons with overtly sexual references, or double-meanings, don't get into print. Yes, values have changed and edgier content is getting into newsprint, but we still have to uphold certain standards.
"But, look, I get it. You need to push the envelope. And I need to stop the envelope and take all the fun out of your job.
What do you think? Was Tony right?