Quote# 70037

[This anti-gay cartoon was published in a student-run newspaper at the University of Notre Dame]

“What’s the easiest way to turn a fruit into a vegetable?"

“No idea.”

“A baseball bat.”

Unknown, advocate.com 67 Comments [1/31/2010 1:00:59 PM]
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@Phisshy: I have seen ample proof that stupidity and malice can coexist.

1/31/2010 10:26:48 PM


This was in a college newspaper? Wow.

1/31/2010 11:57:49 PM


They allowed this in a school newspaper?

Notre Dame, I'm shocked.

2/1/2010 2:13:44 AM


It's an old 'joke'. I probably first heard it 30 years ago. I accept their explanation and their apology as sincere (linked to on page two of these comments by the commenter 'one').

To all of you saying "it's just a joke" and "I LOLed", I'm sorry you feel that way. You probably wouldn't if you'd had a friend beaten with a baseball bat and put into a coma because he was gay. Nor would you if you'd been threatened with physical violence, loss of job, loss of rental housing etc.

Posting that kind of physical violence as the answer to a 'joke', as the solution to a perceived problem gives people who are already on the edge of sanity, the perception that they're not alone, and it's ok to act like that.

Aside from all of that, I choose to read it as that's how to turn a watermelon, into a squash...

2/1/2010 2:16:43 AM

Yes, and the easiest way to go both to hell and jail.

2/1/2010 4:00:21 AM


Read the author's apology letter here:


They claim it was satire gone wrong. Notre Dame has discontinued the comic.

(I think it's too long for copyright to allow it to be printed here.)

2/1/2010 4:43:48 AM

Quantum Mechanic

I now have an even lower opinion of Notre Dame.

2/1/2010 4:51:13 AM

The fuck? There's being uncomfortable with gay people and then there's advocating murder. Can't believe they printed that. Liberty U wouldn't that, I'm pretty sure.

2/1/2010 7:20:40 AM

Doubting Thomas

Wow, so I guess it's totally OK to physically attack people you don't like? Good to know next time some bible thumpers come to my door.

*edit* From reading the apology, apparently it was a (lame) attempt to poke fun at or expose homophobes for the bigots they are. That's why the character telling the joke is a saw (because he's a "tool") and the straight man is a person.

That being said, though, it is in bad taste. And I even like jokes that are in bad taste. But the only way I can see myself actually enjoying this joke is if I were a bigoted homophobe myself.

2/1/2010 9:15:09 AM


There are these kind of pricks in every college newspaper. Trying to emulate Family Guy's humor by being as offensive as possible in an ironic way, and completely missing the point about real life violence on campus.

2/3/2010 9:06:52 AM



I dunno...I guess going on this site has desensitized me to a lot of things that I probably should get upset about. Don't misunderstand me. The joke is rather tasteless, and not funny, but it didn't hit on my radar as anything other than another homophobe's impotent saber rattling. And it pinged even less so discovering it was an attempt at satire gone South.

2/3/2010 9:13:48 AM

My dad went to Notre Dame when he was old enough.

If he EVER saw this, I think he'd clock someone.


8/1/2010 11:08:26 AM

Rapax Pringer

Sweet Tricycle Baal, this has to be the epitome of unfunny.

4/15/2011 3:15:39 PM


How do you disguise a goat as a sheep?
Cut off the horns, put it in a sweater, and put a cross necklace around its neck.

Seriously, the joke in this newspaper is absolutely atrocious.

12/9/2013 11:36:16 AM

A. Square

How do you turn an idiot into a cartoonist?

3/27/2014 7:16:30 AM


I'm straight and I find this disgusting! Nice advocating murder, asshats!

3/27/2014 12:37:53 PM

I still find this incredibly disturbing.

11/6/2016 9:23:50 PM

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