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

‘Representation Matters’: Evelyn Yang Criticizes New York Daily News For ‘Racist’ Cartoon of Husband Andrew
Isa Peralta
May 25, 2021
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.
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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.
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Yang has since put out a statement addressing the “racialized caricature.”
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NextShark has reached out to Bramhall for further comment.
Featured Image via Andrew Yang
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