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Cam Newton is the lightning rod for criticism, but an editorial cartoon further lambastes the 2nd year QB
That headline is almost as confusing as the cartoon the Charlotte Observer ran today lampooning Cam Newton for his Superman celebration. Cartoonist Kevin Siers is attempting to make a pertinent point, but it's one that's been beaten to death over the last six days– should Cam Newton have done his signature 'Superman' celebration with the Panthers down big, in a game that had already gotten out of hand?
Let's not rehash that topic, because as far as I'm concerned it's done. However, questions need to be raised about how the local media are electing to handle Cam Newton. The worst thing a media outlet can do is become fans, and kowtow to an organization rather than give reliable coverage, but since Newton has been drafted there have been calls to take candid photos of Cam around Charlotte, an editorial lambasting his pay-for-signature event, and now a wholly confusing cartoon that depicts Cam Newton is a shade that's distinctly not his skin color, wearing a Hello Kitty shirt, with a left eye that looks like he was either punched, or pieced together with parts of the female anatomy I'm not electing to share here. Furthermore, why wasn't this done last Friday when it would have made more sense than waiting until the following Wednesday to take another shot at a beaten horse?
Newton is a 23-year-old, and the easy target. Lightning rods are obvious, but wouldn't it be more apt to lampoon Jordan Gross' inability to hold a block this year, or how Jon Beason looks decidedly unlike the Pro Bowl player we know him to be? If you're looking to make fun of someone why not Charles Johnson, who is making 10-times what Newton is, and has yet to register a sack this season?
Nobody is going to take to YouTube to give an emotional, flying off-the-rails rant about how we need to 'leave Cam alone!', but can't we give the kid a break? At least until the end of the season.