This one came close to being put on the chopping block. Perhaps it already has and I won't know until I wake up and sit down 9 hours from now only to find its absence. (I waited around 2:00 this afternoon to cartoon on it after abandoning a startling, though dubious story from the National Post about Jews and Christians in Iran being required to wear Nazi styled badges.)
The boss thought it was a tad vulgar. He wasn't comfortable with how I showed Liberals with their heads up the @$$e$! to illustrate the typical wishy washy Liberal stance concerning Canada's role in Afghanistan. Then came the awkward discussion of what the term "head up your @$$!" actually means. I define it as self centeredness, stupidity, ignorance. It went offly well with the gag line " must be their defence position."
So other editors were canvassed and I suppose their reactions moderated my immediate supervisor's revulsion at the image. I can't blame him for his queasiness though. It'll be up to him, after all, to answer to offended grannies and higher level editors put off by the scene. I just wonder if the impeding outrage (if any) will actually be less about the image and more about my editorial dart directed at the precious federal Liberal Party.