Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim is reportedly in hot water over a controversial tweet posted on Monday, November 24, following the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The network reportedly tweeted an cartoon-style picture of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin walking into the sunset hand-in-hand. Although no caption was included with the picture, most viewers immediately responded to the subliminal post. The tweet received over 5,000 retweets and was favored more than 4,000 times.
Shortly after the tweet began circulating around the social media platform, it was reportedly removed from the network’s timeline. But, not before many viewers responded. While some users were in agreement with the network, others opposed the decision to mix politics with entertainment.
Here’s what a number of users had to say:
However, this isn’t the first time the network has faced controversy where race relations and politics are concerned. Ironically, on Sunday, August 7, two days before the murder of Michael Brown, the network faced scrutiny for a vulgar “Black Jesus” character featured on a broadcast, reports Time Magazine. The show titled Black Jesus chronicled the life of a black male residing in Compton, CA. The character smoked marijuana, cursed, and was involved with drugs. Needless to say, the network received lots of negative reviews for the broadcast. The broadcast also sparked a controversial debate about religious practices and false prophecy.
“I have strong beliefs in my higher power and am truly not offended by this show at all. It’s entertainment with a message and people need to stop taking things so seriously,” one viewer said.
“I can’t believe so many ‘people of the faith’ are supporting this. It is a shame. But they wouldn’t dare disrespect Muhammad in such a manner,” another viewer said. The show has also received mixed reviews from several media and news outlets.
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