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‘Representation Matters’: Evelyn Yang Criticizes New York Daily News For ‘Racist’ Cartoon of Husband Andrew

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    Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include a statement addressing the New York Daily News cartoon.

    Evelyn Yang, the wife of New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang, recently condemned a “racist” New York Daily News cartoon of her husband

    What happened: The cartoon was first shared on Twitter by Bill Bramhall, the editorial cartoonist for the Daily News, reported the New York Post.

    • In the drawing posted on Monday, Yang is depicted as a tourist in Times Square, and a souvenir shopkeeper who notices him says, “The tourists are back!”
    • This cartoon was reportedly created after Yang declared that Times Square is his favorite subway stop, according to USA Today.
    • Yang has slanted eyes in the first version of the cartoon. In the new version, which was published by the New York Daily News on Tuesday, his eyes are enlarged.

    Fighting back: Yang’s wife Evelyn took to Twitter on Monday to address the cartoon, claiming it to be a “racist disfiguration” of her husband.

    • During a Tuesday press conference with her husband in Queens, she said that the drawing “perpetuates the trope of the Asian foreigner.”
    • Her husband also addressed the cartoon and mentioned the Monday morning incident involving an Asian American man who was thrown onto train tracks in Queens.
    • “Words matter, art matters, representation matters — so let’s be better than this,” Yang’s wife declared.

    Yang has since put out a statement addressing the “racialized caricature.”

    NextShark has reached out to Bramhall for further comment.

    Featured Image via Andrew Yang

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