NY Post Defends Cartoon, Slams Al Sharpton

03/21/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The New York Post has issued a statement defending its stimulus/chimp cartoon and slamming Rev. Al Sharpton for protesting the piece.

Here's the full statement by Col Allan, editor-in-chief of the Post:

"The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event, to wit the shooting of a violent chimpanzee in Connecticut. It broadly mocks Washington's efforts to revive the economy. Again, Al Sharpton reveals himself as nothing more than a publicity opportunist."

For background on the cartoon and resulting controversy, click here.

UPDATE: Post employees are unhappy and ashamed of the cartoon.