BUSAN, South Korea — The recent controversy involving Bounce Kim’s cartoon portraying an angry mob of Klansmen chasing Dominican baseball player Radhames Liz is unlikely to bring about any discipline for the two creators of the strip, according to their publisher Nate.com and its parent company SK Communications.
This despite widespread uproar online by Korean and world netizens angered by the comic and its highly racist overtones.
Yoo Jee-ho, sportswriter for the Yonhap News Agency, contacted SK Communications, the parent company of Nate.com this afternoon, and was told that no further steps would be taken after the cartoonists ran their apology online.
A spokesman for SK Communications also noted that the comic strip was taken down 30 minutes after it was posted, and that there were no previous incidents of controversy with the cartoonists.
Following the public outcry, the cartoonists issued an immediate apology to baseball fans, Liz, Nate.com and Goal.com.
In the apology, Bounce Kim wrote:
‘We didn’t have enough knowledge on the subject matter, and we were trying too hard to come up with something new and compelling. More than anything, we fully understand that this was borne out of our sheer stupidity.’
An official from the LG Twins expressed his wishes that the incident not escalate any further, though the team has yet to officially comment according to Yoo.
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