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Strip No. 17

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September 20, 1999

If you asked me to name the single most impactful Blue Rice ever, you're looking at it.

Using the phrase "Jewish-American Princess," combined with comparing the holiest Jewish holiday to a disease generally contracted through raw chicken, was apparently not a very kosher thing to do. This strip opened the floodgates to dozens of phone calls (to the Daily Illini newsroom), email complaints and an impromptu protest in the parking lot.

Here I was in my fourth week as a cartoonist, and my editor told me to write an official apology or possibly lose my job (hence the next strip). On the plus side, the strip started up a nice little "freedom of speech" debate and earned me a little notoriety, in the newsroom and on campus.


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