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A cartoon making fun of the Holocaust that appeared in a Rutgers student newspaper is causing unrest at the school. The Times describes the cartoon as such:

The publication, The Medium - a journal of news and opinion that features humor, cultural items and sexual and scatological references - ran a cartoon depicting a bearded man wearing a hat and sitting on the edge of an open kitchen stove in a carnival setting. Under the heading "Holocaust Remembrance Week," the cartoon's caption reads: "Knock a Jew in the oven! Three throws for one dollar!"

The Star-Ledger first reported the controversy, noting that the regular editor, Michael Stanley, had been sick; Stanley told the S-L that he would have passed on the cartoon. The editor of the issue, Ned Berke, who is Jewish and has relatives who died in the Holocaust, told the Times, "Humor is a way of honoring them and trying to get over it and to laugh." A number of students and teachers are protesting The Medium, which has a history of pushing the envelope and making fun of ethnic groups, women, and gays. One of the big issues is the $15,000 in school funds the newspaper receives. The university has issued statements about the cartoon, including The Medium's status as a student group.

The Medium's website was reportedly wiped out by a hacker Friday; now, there is a message saying its bandwidth has been exceeded. Rutgers' main daily is The Daily Targum.

As Gothamist has observed before with the cartoon incident at Columbia this past February, student newspaper cartoons or humor columns end up causing some furor. The line between comedy and race/ethnicity seems to be a thin, wavering one, if you count the recent "Gay or Asian" "satire" from Details that sparked a protest, as well as any discussion around the cartoon, Boondocks (whose creator Aaron McGruder was recently recent profiled by the New Yorker). On an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, there was survivor confusion with a contestant of the reality show Survivor and a Holocaust survivor. On Chappelle's Show, Dave Chappelle regularly lampoons all races, such as having a blind white supremacist who is black or having a "Racial Draft" where different races choose Americans of mixed backgrounds (the blacks choose Tiger Woods, the Jews choose Lenny Kravitz). Humor can be subjective. We've found Curb, Chappelle's Show funny, but the Details piece and The Medium cartoon not that funny, so Gothamist's stance is definitely along the "I don't know how to define it, but I know it when I see it and think about it" line, to paraphrase Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart.