The spider about to be whacked tells Garfield if he goes through with it he'll (the spider) will have a day of remembrance to honor him. The last frame shows a classroom of spiders with the teacher asking why they celebrate "National Stupid Day".
Somewhere, someone decided it was making fun of the day on which we honor our military. Enough someones, apparently, that Garfield creator Jim Davis apologized.
Please. Why do I not think Davis decided to write a strip to offend veterans? How would that scenario go?
Let's see. The 11th is Veterans Day. What can I do to offend them? Garfield offends everybody! I've got it. I'll do one of my spider story lines and on the 11th I'll have one of them declare a National Stupid Day! That oughta do it!I've got to tell you, I read Garfield yesterday and never gave it a thought. I guess that makes me insensitive to veterans. It almost makes me apologize for flying our flag because of the mixed message it sends about my sensitivity.
I'll tell you what. To get Davis off the hook, the man who has a brother who served in Vietnam and son in Afghanistan and Iraq, I'll take responsibility for "National Stupid Day" and date it November 12. No apologies needed.